Hot Spot: Places to Visit in Denver
Hot Spot: Places to Visit in DenverAfter a long Labor Day weekend, you may think that the last of the summer getaways is over. If you travel to Denver, summer lives on and there’s always something to do. From busting out your hiking boots to sipping an ice-cold beer, the Mile-High City has something for everyone. Denver B-cycles From point A to point B, there’s a fast way to get around that’s eco-friendly. Pick up one of the 700 Denver B-cycles and ride around. With a small membership fee—depending on the length of your stay—you can bike around for 30 minutes or less free of charge. This is a great way to breeze through the city as you’re sightseeing. 16th Street Mall Friends and family at home will be delighted if you bring back souvenirs for them. Instead of making it a chore, take a walk down the mile-long pedestrian promenade of the 16th Street Mall. You can take a break to grab lunch and reenergize while you people watch. Along your stroll, check out the Daniels & Fisher Tower at the Mall; the building stands as a two-thirds replica of the St. Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice, Italy. Denver Botanic Gardens Have a green thumb? Check out the Denver Botanic Gardens to walk through acres of beautiful greenery. The Gardens plan special events throughout the year including a corn maze, Día de los Meurtos, a winter light show, and more. With many gardens to choose from—even one for kids—everyone can take a refreshing break here. Denver Art Museum If you call yourself highbrow or just want exercise the right side of your brain, check out the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Current exhibitions range from 3-D art to Japanese lacquer. The DAM holds classic museum collections including African art, photography, textile art and more. The museum offers free admission on the first Saturday of every month. Denver Museum of Nature and Science Can’t get enough of museums? The Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) is a good fix. Current exhibits vary from gems and minerals to space odyssey. If you can’t make it to the current features, you can see what’s in queue for your future trip. Check online for the DMNS’s free days for 2014 and 2015. The Denver Mint Are you a fan of learning how things work or how stuff is made? Make reservations at the U.S. Mint to learn how metal slugs are made into change! Tours provide information on the history of the Mint, today’s coin manufacturing, original designs of coins and more. Be aware that the Denver Mint is closed every Friday. Coors Brewery Tour Whether you’re seeking a break from the kids or the gang wants to kick back with a cold one, stop by the Coors Brewery. Take a 30 minute self-paced tour and discover the process of brewing beer. Enjoy samples while sitting on ice-cube benches in the fresh beer room. Must See Landmarks Are you on a quest to reconnect with Mother Nature? Denver has plenty of hotspots to tap into your earthy side. If you have time to venture a little outside Denver, go to the Red Rocks Park. Throughout the park, visitors may admire the red sandstone. The award-winning Red Rocks Amphitheater, within the park’s boundaries, is famous for hosting the best in music. Spare one day of your vacation to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. The hour and a half trip is worth it to see hundreds of miles of wilderness including trails, lakes and mountains. At the Park, you may take a scenic drive, hike with others or observe the wild critters. No list can encompass everything this city has to offer. But, when you’re wondering what to do in Denver, you’ll have a great start when visiting the Mile-High City.