Mile-High Fun in Denver, Colorado


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.

The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colo.

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

The sun sets over a night baseball game at Coors Field

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

Mural on display at Denver Art Museum

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 in Denver, Colorado

The History Colorado Center

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.

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

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

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.


Eating ice cream at Arvada's Scrumptious dessert spot

The Mighty Arvada, Denver's Satellite Olde Town

Just 15 minutes from the state’s capital in Denver, have dinner at a renovated schoolhouse with a library bar or a retro-style diner. Then head to candyland.

Breckenridge Tarn

Insiders Guide to Breckenridge, Colorado

Two hours from the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, add this mountain town to your vacation. Discover hidden gems, favorite hikes and restaurants.

Pawnee Buttes National Grassland near Fort Morgan-Morgan County, Colorado

High Plains Scenery in Morgan County

Stop by Fort Morgan, Brush and Pawnee National Grassland to stretch your legs and experience a different side of Colorado.

Overlooking Ouray, Colo., a small town in the San Juan Mountains

Ouray, Colorado is the Switzerland of America

Do the spectacular 6-mile Parameter Trail, then soak in the hot springs pool in this Victorian-era mining town surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.

Kayaking on Grand Lake in Grand County Colorado

Grand Adventures in Grand County, Colorado

Leaning up against the national park's west side, Grand County offers unparalleled outdoor opportunities without the crowds most ski towns have.

Garden of the Gods in front of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs

6 Adventures in Colorado Springs

From Bigfoot sightings to driving to the top of a 14,000-foot-peak, here are our tips to making the most of your time. The bonus? Most are free.

Opera House in Central City, Colorado

Hidden Colorado Gems in Central City

Strike gold in Central City, a historic Gold Rush town south of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Cliff Palace Tour in Mesa Verde National Park

7 Four Corners Gems Surrounding Mesa Verde National Park

From a thriving restaurant scene to rare opportunities to learn about our nation’s ancient history, Cortez, Mancos and Dolores offer more than just uncrowded trails in one of Colorado’s most undiscovered corners. Here are the top 7 things to do in Mesa Verde country.

Sunrise reflection at Grand Lake, Colo.

Grand Lake at the West Entrance Town to Rocky Mountain National Park

Grand Lake, Colo. is located just one mile from the West Entrance of the park and is home to the largest and deepest natural alpine lake in the state.