Mile-High Fun in Denver, Colorado

By Tori Peglar ,

Denver, Colo., with its international airport, is often the starting place for a Colorado vacation. But don't take off before exploring the city's attractions. From fine art to trendy restaurants, use your feet to explore Denver.

Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colo.

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Reason to go: See the paintings of Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, one of the 20th century’s most important painters.

Quirky fact: Before the museum opened in 2011, this private artist hid most of his work from public view for more than 30 years.

Coors Field

The sun sets over a night baseball game at Coors Field

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Reason to Go: See a baseball game at 5,280 feet.

Quirky Fact: Forty-five miles of underground wiring under the field melts snow.

Denver Art Museum

Mural on display at Denver Art Museum

David Clucas

Reason to Go: You’ll be wowed by the interior and exterior of this architectural icon with an impressive collection and interesting exhibits.

Quirky Fact: Free Family Backpacks keep kids busy.

History Colorado Center

The History Colorado Center

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Reason to Go: Visit this highly interactive, family-friendly museum that covers Colorado history with a hands-on approach.

Quirky Fact: Feel the wind on your face as you virtually ski down Steamboat’s famed Howelsen Hill ski jump.

Denver Zoo

Lion cubs playing in the late afternoon sunshine at their home in the Denver Zoo.

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Reason to Go: See rare and endangered animals.

Quirky Fact: In the Meet and Greet program, you can touch a rhino and feed a giraffe.

Union Station

Union Station in Denver, Colo.


Reason to Go: Beautifully restored in 2014, it’s the best train station lobby to have a cocktail. Trendy restaurants surround it.

Quirky Fact: A nod to urban beekeeping, there are four beehives on the roof.