Must-see attractions in Denver

  • Denver's Red Rocks venue in the foreground, exploits the full moon as the main event.

    Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre


    When the setting sun brings out a rich, orange glow from the rock formations and the band on stage launches into just the right tune, Red Rocks…

  • Denver, CO, USA - January 12th, 2016: A night time photo taken of Union Station and the Crawford Hotel in downtown Denver Colorado at the corner of 17th Street and Wynkoop Street.

    Union Station


    Gorgeously restored, historic Union Station is Denver's main transportation hub, used by RTD light-rail lines, commuter buses and Amtrak. But it's way…

  • Denver Art Museum, Civic Center Cultural Complex, Denver, Colorado, United States of America, North America

    Denver Art Museum


    The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is home to one of the largest Native American art collections in the USA, and puts on special multimedia exhibits that vary…

  • Hispanic family biking in Confluence Park near downtown Denver, Colorado, USA

    Confluence Park


    Where Cherry Creek and South Platte River meet is the nexus and plexus of Denver's sunshine-loving culture. Thousands of outdoorsy Denverites flock here…

  • The new Clyfford Still Museum is set to open November 18, 2011. The entry of the museum on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post  (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Clyfford Still Museum


    Dedicated exclusively to the work and legacy of 20th-century American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still, this fascinating museum's collection includes…

  • Japanese garden at Denver Botanic Gardens

    Denver Botanic Gardens


    If you’re hankering for greenery, this 23-acre Rocky Mountain garden is the perfect place to lose yourself. Local flora mixes with relatives from faraway…

  • April 24, 2004 -- Libraray officials gave a tour of the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in Five Points neighborhood Thursday. The third floor houses a museum of black history in the west. The facility will open to the public this Saturday. Photo by Brian Brainerd  (Photo By Brian Brainerd/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Blair-Caldwell African American Museum


    Tucked into the 3rd floor of a public library, this multimedia museum provides an excellent overview of the history of African Americans in the Rocky…

  • Bronco Buster sculpture

    Bronco Buster & On the War Trail


    In the early 1920s, Denver sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor was commissioned to create two bronze sculptures for Civic Center Park: Bronco Buster and…

  • (CM) AE92608Redline_CM01 Artists work at the new gallery/studio space RedLine in the RHINO art district on Friday, September 26, 2008. Seen from the main gallery, artist Jeff Page works in his studio space. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post  (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)



    This remarkable contemporary arts center has a huge gallery space where work by emerging Coloradan artists is exhibited year-round. Fifteen artists in…

  • Denver, MAY 6: Interior view of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on MAY 6, 2017 at Denver, Colorado

    Denver Museum of Nature & Science


    A classic natural-science museum with excellent temporary exhibits on topics such as the biomechanics of bugs, Pompeii and mythical creatures. Permanent…

  • R6J374 Denver History of Colorado Center, interactive museum with state history exhibits, lectures

    History Colorado Center


    Discover Colorado's frontier roots and high-tech modern triumphs at this sharp, smart and charming museum. There are plenty of interactive exhibits,…

  • Denver Public Library

    Denver Public Library


    Hardly a dusty bibliotheca, the Denver Public Library is an active and artsy place with whimsical postmodern architectural elements courtesy of renowned…

  • Scottish Angus Cow & Calf sculpture in Denver.

    Scottish Angus Cow & Calf


    Created by Dan Ostermiller, these bigger-than-life bronze sculptures of a cow and her calf pay homage to the historic cattle culture of Colorado…

  • Bench by the lake in Washington Park, Denver, Colorado.

    Washington Park


    People somehow just look better in Wash Park. They are fitter, trimmer, more tanned and even taller than your average Denverite. Must be the rec center…

  • A sculpture of the symbol of Denver, the bronco, stands outside the airport.



    Nicknamed 'Bluecifer,' this 32ft-high blue stallion with hellish, gleaming red eyes greets visitors to and from Denver International Airport, and is the…

  • Morning view of the famous big Blue Bear by the Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

    I See What You Mean


    Lawrence Argent’s I See What You Mean is better known around town as the Big Blue Bear. This beloved 40ft-tall symbol of the city peers into the mammoth…

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    Colorado State Capitol


    Sitting commandingly atop Capitol Hill, this stately neoclassical government building houses the Governor's Office, Senate and House of Representatives…

  • Denver, MAY 3: Exterior view of the Byers-Evans House Museum on MAY 3, 2017 at Denver, Colorado; Shutterstock ID 1150914149; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Byers-Evans House Museum


    It’s a unique experience walking through this period house, painstakingly restored to the 1920s era with polished antiques, patterned wallpaper, thick…

  • Denver, USA - May 4, 2014: The home of the famous Unsinkable Molly Brown in the  historic Capitol Hill Neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Molly Brown gained fame by surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Molly Brown house

    Molly Brown House Museum


    This outstandingly preserved house, designed by the well-known architect William Lang, was built in 1889 and belonged to the most famous survivor of the…

  • DENVER, COLO. - JULY 13, 2005 - The restaurant at the newly-remodeled Downtown Aquarium, Wednesday afternoon, 7/13/2005. The aquarium, formerly known as Colorado's Ocean Journey, reopens to the public Thursday, 7/14/2005 with a new restaurant and other features. (Jerry Cleveland | The Denver Post)  (Photo By Jerry Cleveland/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Downtown Aquarium


    Denver’s old Ocean Journey Aquarium was sold in 2003 to a business that specializes in aquarium-themed restaurants. So it is that Downtown Aquarium is…

  • Denver, Colorado - August 28, 2021: People cross the Millennium Bridge on 16th street downtown, in the LoDo (Lower Downtown) neighborhood.

    Millennium Bridge


    Allow us to be geeky for a second: this is the world’s first cable-stayed bridge using a post-tensioned structural construction. If the technical jargon…

  • Denver, MAY 7: Entrance of the Denver zoo on MAY 7, 2017 at Denver, Colorado

    Denver Zoo


    Denver’s world-class zoo has more than 700 animal species housed in considerate enclosures that do their best to mirror native habitats. There are native…

  • U.S. Mint

    United States Mint


    The Denver Mint produces about 7.5 billion coins each year and offers free guided tours covering the history of the facility and detailed information…

  • Denver Colorado, USA - September 7, 2016: Dancing Statute In Front of Denver Performing Art Complex, Denver, Colorado.



    Frozen in joyful two-step, Jonathan Borofsky’s whimsical Dancers invites rushing traffic to stop and play. The centerpiece of Sculpture Park, this 60ft…

  • Denver, Colorado, USA-June 9, 2016. Food trucks at the Civic Center for Civic Center Eats event.; Shutterstock ID 434429749; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Civic Center Park


    In the shadow of the State Capitol’s golden dome, this centrally located park hosts commuters waiting for their bus connections, politicos yammering into…

  • DENVER, CO - AUG 14, 2012: Elitch Gardens Theme Park, locally known as "Elitch's", is an amusement park in Denver, Colorado.; Shutterstock ID 175582775; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Elitch Gardens


    If you’re finding all the museums a bit too serious, loosen up at this amusement park near downtown Denver – your kids will love you for it. There's a…

  • BPDE72 Forney Auto Museum

Forney Transportation Museum

Denver, Colorado

    Forney Transportation Museum


    This fascinating museum exhibits antique vehicles of all types – cars, motorbikes, bicycles, tricycles, railway engines and rolling stock, fire engines,…

  • Denver, MAY 3: Exterior view of the Museum of Contemporary Art on MAY 3, 2017 at Denver, Colorado; Shutterstock ID 1150914233; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Museum of Contemporary Art


    This four-story museum was built with interaction and engagement in mind, and Denver’s home for contemporary art can be provocative, confusing or…

  • Denver, CO - May 25 2016: The Big Sweep sculpture at the Civic Center Cultural Complex; Shutterstock ID 1368423719; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Big Sweep


    Large enough to whisk away a Volkswagen, this 31ft-tall dustpan’s color was chosen by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to complement Denver’s clear…

  • FEDERAL HEIGHTS, COLORADO - JUNE 14: Visitors at Water World cool off from temperatures in the high 90s on June 14, 2021 in Federal Heights, Colorado. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the water park was closed last summer. The park is now open to guest with no restrictions and has two new attractions for visitor to ride. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Water World


    Bust out the nacho cheese, sunscreen and water wings at this popular water park that has giant wave pools, plenty of slides and a handful of theme rides…

  • DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY  20:    Artist Bradley McCallum's   painting "Slobodan Milosevic" and Jeremy Dean's "Everything That Rises" made from 16 salvaged folding chairs greet visitors at the entrance at the new "Constructed Histories" exhibition at the David B. Smith Gallery at 1543 Wazee Street in LoDo Denver on Friday, February 20, 2015.  (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images )

    David B Smith Gallery


    David B Smith’s taste for progressive American and international artists has made this space one of the most engaging small galleries in Denver.

  • Commons Park


    Affording views of downtown Denver and the Rockies, this spacious, hilly patch of green has bike paths, benches and plenty of people-watching. A lyrical…

  • Museo de las Americas


    This small museum in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District has innovative exhibits by Latin American and Latino artists. Shows range from rare…

  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art


    A fascinating museum, Kirkland showcases the beauty of decorative art – furnishings and decor – from every major design period from 1875 to 1990. It's…

  • Yearling


    This wonderful sculpture by Donald Lipski sits outside the Denver Public Library, where it was installed in 1998 after spending a year in New York City’s…

  • Denver Art Society


    A co-op of local artists, DAS has ever-changing exhibits in its cavernous gallery. The basement houses dozens of open studios, where visitors can watch…

  • Rule Gallery


    Robin Rule, whose name is lent to this clean space, has been a matron of Denver’s experimental and contemporary art scene since the late 1980s. Usually…

  • Robischon Gallery


    Robischon operates with a focus on emerging dialogues in art. Rotating exhibits take you to the cutting edge and you'll be able to dig art by some of the…