Flights to Denver
Why visit Denver?
Denver is more than just the gateway to the Rockies, it’s also one of America’s hottest new foodie cities, craft-beer capitals and the home of a buzzing arts, festival and music scene; all with 300 days of sunshine a year.
Denver isn’t actually in the Rockies (it’s actually located 12-miles east on a high desert plain) but the mountains are where Denverites play, with some of the best skiing, hiking and biking in the country just a short drive away.
You probably didn’t know
Denver’s called ‘The Mile High City’ because its official elevation, measured at the steps of the State Capitol Building sits at exactly 5,280-feet (1600m) above sea level. The sun feels warmer, golf balls hit farther and alcoholic drinks pack twice the punch.
Suggested reading/viewing about Denver
It Happened in Denver (Stephen Grace, 2007) – historic tales that shaped the Mile High City. Or watch 1990s crime classic Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.
- Population: 649,495 (2013)
- Annual visitor numbers: 16.4 million (2015)
- January mean temperature: 8°C
- August mean temperature: 30°C
Things to do in Denver
Located in The Source, a reclaimed 1880s brick foundry turned artisan food market in Denver’s trendy River North (or RiNo) District, Acorn serves award-winning cocktails and seasonally inspired sharing plates, cooked in an oak-fired oven and grill. One of the hippest hangouts in Denver.
When you travel to Denver, visit a full-size replica of a real life 19th fur-trading outpost, The Fort restaurant offers authentic dishes from the early days of the wild west, including recipes resurrected from the diaries of pioneers, mountain men and Native Americans.
Eating in an historic former mortuary of Denver may not sound too appetising, but Linger pulls it off with one of the liveliest rooftop patios in the city, an excellent menu of street food from around the world, and brunch to, um, die for.
Whether it’s live jazz, hip-hop, Latin or anything in between, this community of independent nightclubs and music venues is the place to be in Denver. (FYI SoCo is short for South of Colfax Nightlife District.) If you are staying in Denver on Friday and Saturday nights, one cover charge will get you into four separate clubs. The Church and Vinyl are two of the best.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Billed as a ‘gastrobrothel’, this live-music venue, cocktail bar and trendy eatery, housed in a former peep-show parlour and palace of sin, is one of Denver’s hottest new clubs. Thursdays to Saturdays have an eclectic range of performances on their sunken stage – including a bluegrass brunch that’s not to be missed.
Get your western groove on at the Grizzly Rose, a world-famous Honky Tonk that’s hosted everyone from Willie Nelson to Taylor Swift. Visiting Denver, do not miss line-dancing lessons that are held every week, alongside live music and the chance to ride not one, but two mechanical bulls.
For more a more laidback and local browsing experience, head to Highlands Square in the historic northwestern part of Denver. Expect funky independent stores and locally made arts and crafts alongside a buzzing community and coffee shop scene.
Cherry Creek North
Sixteen blocks of pedestrianised outdoor shopping, including the city’s widest range of international fashion brands, trendy boutiques and a huge range of al fresco dining and patio bars.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
A stunning amphitheatre in the foothills of the Rockies, ten miles west of Denver, is considered by many to be the most naturally beautiful concert venue in the world. A spectacular amphitheatre of stone, surrounded by bright red cliffs, it’s hosted everyone from The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to U2 and The Grateful Dead. Come June – August for their summer concert series, where a range of stellar acts perform nightly under the stars.
Denver Art Museum
Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, this fantastic building houses one of the greatest collections of Western art in the world, as well as a superb array of classic masters and pieces from pre-Columbian America. Plus, there are creative games and activities for the kids in every room, so it’s great for families.
Art District on Sante Fe
This designated creative district, home to more than 60 galleries and studios, is the hub of Colorado’s art scene. Staying in Denver, come the first Friday of the month for the Art Walk, a free evening of mingling, strolling and artistic appreciation.
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