The Mile High City may be considered the gateway to the Rockies, but Denver offers plenty to do in its own right. From world-class museums and professional sports to innovative restaurants and trendy cocktail bars, Colorado’s capital city is thriving. Here’s a snapshot of some of the best things to do in Denver.

 

One of the first things you’ll notice when you visit Denver is how active everyone is—whether out walking their dogs, jogging, cycling, playing grass volleyball, cross-country skiing or just soaking up the weather. Denver boasts more than 800 miles of paved trails, perfect for walking, pedaling, rollerblading, pushing a stroller and more. The 71-mile High Line Canal Trail, the 40-mile Cherry Creek Trail and the 36-mile South Platte River Trail are a few standouts—pick a section to explore each weekend and you’ll never get bored.

 

The city’s arts and culture scene is brimming with possibilities, from niche venues like the Clyfford Still Museum to the vibrant Denver Center for Performing Art. The Denver Museum of Nature and Sciencethe Denver Art Museum, History Colorado, the Denver Botanic Gardens and many other museums will help enrich your experience.

 

Denverites also love live music, flocking to amphitheaters and historic theaters regularly to see performances from an array of local, national and international musicians. One of the most iconic spots to see a show is Red Rocks Amphitheatre, created by jagged red sandstone rock formations. Other popular Denver concert venues include Fillmore AuditoriumBall ArenaOgden TheatreMission Ballroom and Paramount Theatre, to name a few.

 

Want to feel the roar of the crowd as a high-caliber athlete makes a layup or throws an impressive touchdown pass? Denver’s got you covered, with pro sports teams galore. Cheer on the city’s teams whenever you get a chance: the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, and the Denver Outlaws. You can also celebrate college athletes by rooting for the University of Denver Pioneers.

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