Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Denver

Things to do in  Denver

Welcome to Denver

Whether travelers are in search of challenging outdoor pursuits, striking mountain scenery, a lively cultural scene, or one of the best selections of craft breweries in the country, Denver, Colorado doesn’t disappoint. Nestled in the Front Range Urban Corridor along the eastern face of the southern Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City provides easy access to nearby Rocky Mountain National Park for wildlife spotting (native animals here include beavers, bighorn sheep, black bears, and moose) and more than 300 miles (482 kilometers) of hiking trails. Winter in the mountains brings endless opportunities for downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing within a few hours drive of Denver at world-class resorts such as Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, and Aspen. If you're in need of a culture fix, downtown Denver’s bustling urban center is home to highlights such as the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the History Colorado Center. Sports fans will enjoy catching a Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium or the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. And don’t forget to leave time for tasting craft beers at one of Colorado’s many breweries—Coors in nearby Golden might be the most famous, but true hopheads plan their trip to coincide with the Great American Beer Festival in October, one of the biggest and best-known in the country.

Top 15 attractions in Denver

#1
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

star-51,700
Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue unlike any other—a sandstone stadium forged by the elements and blessed with natural acoustics. Many musicians have taken to this stage, and when shows are in town, Red Rocks can host over 9,500 concertgoers, all in for a treat beyond the music: stellar views of the natural Colorado landscape.More
#2
Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

star-51,150
An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More
#3
Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

star-5627
As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More
#4
Larimer Square

Larimer Square

star-5543
Larimer Square is the oldest part of Denver, with Victorian-era buildings now home to many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The foundation of Colorado’s capital, the 2-block district is popular with locals and tourists alike, strolling beneath strings of lights and state flags.More
#5
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

star-5947
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave commemorate the legendary cowboy at his resting place atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden, Colorado. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was buried on the mountain in 1917 and the original museum at the site was opened a few years later. The museum’s Buffalo Bill artifacts and exhibits have been attracting Wild West enthusiasts ever since.More
#6
Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

star-4.51,431
A lively district of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, Lower Downtown Denver (or LoDo) is a top destination for Denver culture. In addition to its vibrant scene, though, LoDo is also home to some of the city’s best-preserved historic architecture and more Victorian–era buildings than anywhere else in the United States.More
#7
Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

star-51,079
It’s just a short drive from downtown Denver, but Lookout Mountain feels like another world. Once used as a lookout for the Native American Ute tribe that called the area home, the 7,300-foot (2,225-meter) mountain has miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout, from easy walking paths to strenuous switchbacks. From the summit, you can see the Denver skyline 12 miles (19 kilometers) away.More
#8
Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

star-5731
Visitors may know Margaret “Molly” Brown in association with theRMS Titanic, but there was much more to her life than the ill-fated voyage for which she became famous. An activist, suffragist, and philanthropist, Brown’s spirit lives on through educational tours, exhibits, and programming inside her restored historic Denver home.More
#9
Colorado State Capitol Building

Colorado State Capitol Building

star-5340
The Colorado State Capitol, built a mile above sea level with a bell-shaped gold dome, is a striking feature in Denver’s skyline. The historic structure is made from Colorado rose onyx, a rare marble that’s entire known stores were used on the building. On your way in, look for the step that marks the capitol’s “mile high” point.More
#10
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

star-52,486
The astounding natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains is exemplified and amplified in Rocky Mountain National Park, a hub of Colorado outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, ziplining, and wildlife watching are just a few of the ways to experience the area’s magic. In the winter months, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and other snow-sport lovers frolic amongst white-washed peaks.More
#11
Denver 16th Street Mall

Denver 16th Street Mall

star-5247
The Denver 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado, is a tree-lined pedestrian corridor filled with outdoor cafés, restaurants, and shops. Along the popular downtown promenade, visitors can enjoy performances from local street performers or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage while searching for the perfect craft beer or dining spot.More
#12
Denver Art Museum (DAM)

Denver Art Museum (DAM)

star-578
One of the largest museums between Chicago and California, Denver Art Museum showcases a wide range of art in its 70,000-piece collection. From Native American art to ultramodern contemporary pieces, interactive exhibits to works sparking profound cultural reflection, DAM (as locals call it) is a destination for art lovers of all ages.More
#13
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

star-516
Spanning four city blocks and offering more than 10,000 total seats, this massive cultural complex anchors downtown Denver’s Theater District and diverse performing arts scene. From show-stopping musicals and storybook ballets to comedy cabaret and cutting-edge drama, it’s where Denver goes to be entertained.More
#14
Denver Civic Center Park

Denver Civic Center Park

star-570
Denver Civic Center Park was created more than 100 years ago as the civic heart for the city of Denver. The urban green space is the site of the Colorado State Capitol, and arching footpaths across the park offer a chance to stroll among the gardens and marvel at the surrounding architecture, including the Denver City and County Building, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Central Library. The park is also home to the Greek Theater and the historic Carnegie Library.Recent revitalization efforts have turned Civic Center Park into a hub for local events including outdoor movies and Civic Center EATS, an annual, summer-long tradition in which local, gourmet food trucks convene at the park every Tuesday and Thursday during lunchtime.More
#15
Denver Mint

Denver Mint

star-569
The Denver Mint is one of a handful of facilities that produces US currency, and one of only two (along with the Philadelphia Mint) that offers tours to the public. Visitors can tour the massive Renaissance-style 1904 mint building to glimpse the coin-making process, explore exhibits on the history of money, or purchase authentic currency and commemorative coins in the gift shop.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

Top activities in Denver

Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Twilight Ghost Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Twilight Ghost Tour

star-5
474
From
$24.00
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
BEYOND Light Show & Meditation

BEYOND Light Show & Meditation

star-5
644
From
$25.00
Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

star-5
490
From
$89.00
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Brews & Views
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Brews & Views

star-5
74
From
$109.00
Rocky Mountain National Park in Summer Tour from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
2 Hour Guided Segway Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

2 Hour Guided Segway Tour

star-4.5
66
From
$65.00
Small-Group Half-Day Tour Foothills of the Rockies from Denver
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Recent reviews from experiences in Denver

star-5
Great day trip option!
Dannie_N, May 2022
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
A wonderful tour to be able to see the surrounding areas of Denver!
star-5
Great Tour Provided by Mason
Daniel_K, May 2022
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Lunch in Manitou Springs was very nice and Mason gave great recommendations for establishments to try.
star-5
See a lot in a little bit if time
Mary_K, May 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Best way to see some of the Rockies and learn about the area if you're time to be a tourist is limited.
star-5
Crisp and Beautiful mountain view tour
Susmita_D, May 2022
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
Our guide, Nick gave us an awesome experience with his knowledge about the places we visited as well as suggestions for fun things to do in denver.
star-5
Loved the experience!
Devika_P, Apr 2022
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
Friendly, knowledgable, and gave us great recommendations for activities and dining in the Denver and Manitou springs area!
star-5
Can't go wrong choosing this tour!
Janet_K, Apr 2022
Best of Denver Tour
We got fantastic ideas for what to do on the rest of our trip.
star-5
Nick was a great tour...
Shiji33, Mar 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
What a wonderful way to see the beautiful Rockies!
star-5
Great experience, well worth the price!
Elizabeth_B, Dec 2021
Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
Fun to visit with him.
star-5
THE BEST TOUR IN DENVER!!
Martin_B, May 2022
Best of Denver Tour
My uncle and I had a great time and he ever brought us to a hotel where there are paranormal activities and had a slight ghostly encounter.
star-5
Must do thing in Denver!
YongJoo_C, Apr 2022
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.
star-5
My favorite tour, ever.
Jason_C, Mar 2022
Downtown Denver History & Highlights - Small Group Walking Tour
I had so much fun, learned a lot and got to see a good chunk of downtown In my abbreviated stay in Denver.
star-5
Memorable Mountain Photos
Marilou_M, Mar 2022
Scenic Photoshoot in Denver's Foothills
We saw their service on Viator so we thought we'll give a try just to find a scenic spot to visit in Denver.
star-5
Great day trip
Deborah_P, Oct 2021
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
Beautiful and peaceful place to visit if you are a nature lover.
star-5
Great Introduction to Denver!
Jacob_H, Oct 2021
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver
I went to Denver last summer as my first big trip since the pandemic began, and it was a good way to get acquainted with the city.
star-5
Best experience
BRENDA_S, Oct 2021
Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour from Denver
My boyfriend wanted to see the nature side of Denver so we picked this full day tour to pikes peak and it was amazing experience.
star-5
Denver time-out
Andrew_K, Apr 2022
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
He had lots of great stories and great recommendations of what to see in Denver.
star-5
Can’t leave Denver without this tour.
Miya_C, Sep 2021
Twilight Ghost Tour
She has great energy and very knowledgeable about the town and the ghost activities.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Laurene_C, Sep 2021
Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters
Great way to see highlights and some extra Denver locations of interest.
star-5
Perfect day trip out of Denver!
MichelleK_L, Sep 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Such a fun day led by Mason to Garden of the Gods, followed by lunch stop in Manitou Springs, bookended by trip to top of Pikes Peak.
star-5
Great tour
Andrew_A, Sep 2021
RiNo Distillery Tour
A great way to see a portion of downtown Denver while learning about its history.

All about Denver

When to visit

To dodge Denver’s summer crowds, visit in the spring or fall shoulder season (April–May and September–October), both of which see lower rates and still-warm weather. Deal-seekers and winter-sports enthusiasts should choose to visit in winter, when it’s easier to snag a deal and the nearby ski resorts are open.

Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Denver?
Q:
What are the top activities in Denver?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Denver?
A:
Check out things to do near Denver:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Denver?