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Sightseeing in Denver

As the capital city of Colorado, Denver has a LOT of cool places to explore. Browse the list below to learn about the highlights, and click on the links to get more information. After a long day of listening, discussing, and sitting, there’s no better way to rejuvenate than to explore the sites and sounds of a new city. Some of these attractions are minutes away from the conference location, while others require half a day or so to thoroughly enjoy. Although the weather will likely be temperate, it’s recommended to wear layers of clothing to adjust to a sunny afternoon or blowing snow.


● 16th Street: a mile-long pedestrian promenade with shops and dining in downtown; catch the free bus that runs up and down the street (https://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-attractions/16th-street-mall/).

● Tattered Cover: a booklover’s delight; four Denver-area locations (https://www.tatteredcover.com/).

● Cherry Creek Shopping Center: upscale shopping and dining; about 0:15 drive southeast of downtown Denver (https://www.shopcherrycreek.com/?utm_source=GoogleMyBusiness&utm_medium=Organic&utm_campaign=GMB).

● Art District: galleries, studios, theaters, and creative businesses in the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver%27s_Art_District_on_Santa_Fe).

● Coors Brewery: tour the largest brewery facility in the world; about 0:20 drive from Denver (https://www.visitgolden.com/places-to-go/coors-brewery-tour/).

● Pearl Street: four-block pedestrian mall; about 0:45 drive to Boulder (https://www.boulderdowntown.com/).

Indoor explorations:

● Denver Museum of Nature and Science (https://www.dmns.org/).

● Denver Art Museum (https://denverartmuseum.org/).

● Molly Brown House Museum: learn why the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” is famous, and tour her beautiful home (https://mollybrown.org/) .

● Denver Center for the Performing Arts: the Broadway musical “Mean Girls” will be playing, along with other productions (https://www.denvercenter.org).

● U.S. Mint: tour the place where American money is made; tickets cannot be purchased in advance (https://www.usmint.gov/about/mint-tours-facilities/denver/visiting-the-denver-mint).

● Colorado State Capital: on weekdays take a free tour of the mile-high government building, and enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains from the rotunda (https://www.denver.org/listing/colorado-state-capitol/3679/).

● Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave: learn more about this famous cowboy; about 0:30 drive from Denver (https://www.denver.org/listing/buffalo-bill-museum-%26-grave/3872/).

● Buffalo: see real, live buffalo herds; about 0:25 drive from Denver (https://www.denver.org/listing/buffalo-herd-nature-preserve/4549/).

● Celestial Seasonings Tea: a free tour of the tea headquarters; about 0:50 drive to Boulder (http://www.celestialseasonings.com/visit-us).

The great outdoors:

● Rockies Baseball Game: April 3rd is opening day at Coors Stadium, as the Rockies take on the San Diego Padres at 2:10pm; they are also playing on April 4th at 6:10pm & April 5th at 1:10pm (https://www.mlb.com/rockies/ballpark).

● Red Rocks Amphitheatre: outdoor amphitheatre built into the mountainside; about 0:30 drive from Denver (https://www.redrocksonline.com/).

● Breckenridge: a ski resort town at the base of the Rocky Mountains; about 1:30 drive from Denver (https://www.breckenridge.com/).

● Pikes Peak: the prominent mountain peak in the area; located in Colorado Springs, about 2:20 drive from Denver (https://www.pikes-peak.com/).

● Garden of the Gods: a national natural landmark of fantastical red rock formations; located in Colorado Springs, about 2:20 drive from Denver (https://www.gardenofgods.com/).

For more ideas about what to do for fun in Denver, visit the online official visitors guide: https://www.denver.org/about-denver/denver-resources/visitors-guide/. We hope you have a great time exploring!

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