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At the foot of the Rocky Mountains lies the majestic city of Denver. This city is the most populous in the Mountain States and is the state capital of Colorado. Denver is a metropolis and the cultural center of the region. There is so much to see and do here that you can include in your wonderful urban retreat in Mile High City. Read on to find out more about the top seven reasons to visit Denver this summer.

Top Reasons to Visit Denver

Have fun at Union Station

As well as being a traffic hub, Union Station is also a place for food and fun. This 100 year old historic landmark is popular with locals and tourists alike. In the Great Hall you will find a number of retail stores including Tattered Cover Bookstore and Bloom and many more. There are many great restaurants here, including The Cooper Lounge and Stoic & Genuine. You can also have a beer in the Terminal Bar. Be sure to spend some time in Denver’s living room, Union Station.

Union station

Dine in Larimer Square

Head to Denver’s oldest and most historic block for a great time enjoying fine dining and vibrant nightlife. Larimer Square was the first place in Denver that the first Denver companies were founded. The Victorian buildings in this area are now home to shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. On these evenings, enjoy the twinkling lights across the street while you dine or sip a cocktail. There are a number of notable restaurants in Larimer Square, including Russell’s Smokehouse and Corridor 44, as well as many others. For your nightlife options, enjoy a stand-up routine at Comedy Works or soak up the vibes at Green Russell.

Larimer square

Beer tasting on the Denver Beer Trail

Beer lovers will have the time of their lives on the Denver Beer Trail. Denver visitors have the option to take a self-guided or group tour to see and taste craft beer. There are over 100 brewpubs, breweries and taprooms in the metropolitan area ready to explore. Be sure to visit Coors Brewery in nearby Golden for a 30-minute self-guided tour.

Shop Denver’s 16th Street Mall

This pedestrian street is several blocks and has many shops and restaurants. Stop for a quick bite at one of the 42 sidewalk cafes or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the neighborhood. At Howl At The Moon, take a break from shopping and duel rock and roll piano music. After dark, take a stroll among the trees that line the walkway, which is lit with nearly a million lights.

16th Street Mall

Rock out at Red Rocks

When in Denver, music fans must see a live show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. This unique outdoor concert hall is surrounded by huge rock formations. Every year from May to October, the venue hosts the Summer Concert Series, showcasing artists from rock, jazz, pop, and more. You can also visit the site during the day and hike the trails in Red Rocks Park. You can also see the Performer’s Hall of Fame in the visitor center.

Red rocks.

See the splendor of the Rocky Mountains

A trip to Colorado would be out of place if it weren’t for the time spent exploring the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Just 65 miles from downtown Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park is a perfect day trip or weekend getaway from Denver. At the park, visitors can enjoy 355 miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing, or a scenic drive like Highway 36. Of course, don’t forget to take in the magnificent views of the 77 mountains over 12,000 feet high in the park.

Explore the old American West at the History Colorado Center

Learn all of the stories about the people and culture of Colorado at the History Colorado Center. There are many notable exhibits in the museum, including merciless Indians, apron chronicles, and women who misbehave. Guests of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits such as a ski jumping simulator and a virtual drive of the Ford Model T. The museum offers a range of educational programs, events, and special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closes on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

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