Denver, Colorado is known famously as the mile high city. However there's more than just elevation to the capital of the rocky mountain state. Well-known as the state the legalized weed, that's not the only reason people are currently flocking to Denver. The city provides a rich mix of historical buildings and a trendy bar scene. Considering a visit? Check out just a sampling of the many things you can do.
While the capital city is known for its modern day commodities, it proudly maintains a good deal of its historical past. Check in to the Brown Palace hotel for a historical and reportedly haunted place to stay. The hotel has been frequented by celebrities, with Elvis going so far to say that it's "The best hotel in the world". If you're not interested in spending the night, consider stopping by for a cup of tea; the hotel is a beautiful historical landmark worth seeing. Afterwards check out the unsinkable Molly Brown's house. The titanic survivor's restored Victorian home is a delight to walk through, providing a fascinating history about the house and its famous tenant. Next you can check out four mile house, known as the oldest building in the metropolitan area and holding the historical significance of being an important stopover point on the Cherokee trail. For dinner, reserve a spot at the Buckhorn Exchange, Colorado's oldest restaurant and a historic steakhouse.
The mile high city has an array of modern activities for the daylight hours as well. Be sure to check out the city's mint, the single largest producer of coins in the world and one of only four mints in the United States. With a reservation, you can take a tour of the mint, learning about how coins are made and the history of the mint itself. The art scene is not to be forgotten as the city's art museum is proud to be the largest between San Fransisco and Kansas City. The Center of Performing Arts complex is the second largest in the United States and holds a variety of high quality shows from ballets to plays. To check out places less traveled, check out the Lloyd M Joshel house as an example of international architecture or the Kirkland Museum of fine and Decorative art, featuring the works of Vance Kirkland. Plus there's always the gold-domed capital itself worth seeing.
For an outdoor experience within the city, the Botanic Garden exhibits a fine display of both local plants and interesting exotic species. Year round the garden hosts a variety of entertainment events for all ages. Fun fact: when you watch Woody Allen's Sleeper closely you'll see a debut from the Botantic Garden! Right around the corner is the capital's zoo, one of the largest zoos of its kind. Not only does the zoo features an array of educational programs for visitors but has also helped in captive breeding programs to restore endangered species.
Colorado is one of the top five cities in the US for breweries. Just outside the capital city you can take a tour of the Coors brewery and maybe get some free samples at the end. If microbreweries are more your style don't miss Denver Beer Co or the Strange Brewery. Many places feature all local ingredients and their beers can only be found in Colorado. For those not beer inclined, the capital is also home to a number of high quality wineries, most getting their wine from the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Try out Mile High Winery or the Unthinkable Monkey Theorem Winery if you're looking for something different.
In terms of nightlife, there is always something going on in the mile high city. The concert venues host the excellent local music scene as well as big name bands that roll through. The famous Red Rock Amphitheater is owned by the city and just a 15 drive away. The natural acoustics and gorgeous scenery make any concert there well worth the visit. Staying in the downtown region, there are variety of local bars where you can find drink specials or events almost any night.
Denver is more than just the mile high city. The variety of attractions and things to do ensure visitors and locals alike never get bored. Take a high quality charter bus or bus rental to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your experience in the rocky mountain state's capital.
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