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    Denver Art Museum

    29 reviews

    The Denver Art Museum looks like a cross between a paper weight and a space ship. You can't not love something so irresistibly gaudy. There are a number of outdoor cafes that have decent views of the museum.

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    Museum of Contemporary Art

    15 reviews

    Great art, not too crowded and amazing view from the rooftop cafe. Student discount too!

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    Denver Botanic Gardens

    32 reviews

    The price of admission is steep ($12.50 per person) so bring your student ID if you have one. That said, the landscaping and horticulture is absolutely gorgeous. The gardens are divided based on regional ecosystems. Many, like the alpine and mesa desert exhibits are quite familiar while other areas, such as the African flowers and the Japanese section are outlandish ...

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    Big Blue Bear

    11 reviews

    An iconic piece of art in Denver and still one of my favorites!

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  • 5

    Denver Performing Arts Complex

    16 reviews

    The Performing Arts Complex is where many classical concerts, ballets, operas and plays are held. It reminds me somewhat of the Galleria in Milan with its barrel vaulted glass ceiling. The balconies have excellent views of downtown and the mountains.

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    Clyfford Still Museum

    6 reviews

    I've been to art museums all over the world and Denver's Clyfford Still Museum is among the best. If you are a fan of Still's work or a fan of American Abstract Expressionism in general, you need to visit this place! It is small and cozy yet has an amazing collection of his work, from watercolors, chalk and ink drawings ...

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    Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    35 reviews

    I have never been to a more inspiring venue in my entire life. Everything about it is surreal; from the dizziness you feel as you move through the line to get in, to the stadium seating cut into the rock itself. The acoustics were perfect, and the atmosphere completely unrivaled. I travelled across the country (from PA) to go. If ...

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    16th Street Mall

    43 reviews

    I really consider this area Denver. Take a stroll down 16th Street Mall, or take the free bus that stops at each block if the weather is cold or wet. People are everywhere and you will truly get a sense of what the city is all about. 16th Street is the host to hundreds of shops, both local and nationwide ...

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    The Denver Center for Performing Arts

    2 reviews

    Put on your sequins, knot that bow tie, and indulge in the grandeur of theatre at the DCPA. Imagine yourself pirouetting in the ballet, or with perfect comedic timing on stage in period costuming as you watch the world-class productions that come through the facility. Just watching isn't enough? The DCPA offers classes across the board including stage acting, impov, ...

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    University of Colorado

    12 reviews

    Walk to campus from the Highland Guesthouse! Great for students, visiting family, professors, sabbatical retreats, and cultural events on campus.

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    Pearl Street Mall

    26 reviews

    This THE PLACE for foodies! Awesome restaurants, breweries, bars, nightlife, galleries, culture, shops and entertainment! A must see for out-of-town visitors. And don't forget the street performers!

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  • 12

    Larimer Square

    28 reviews

    One of my favorites streets in Denver. It has it all packed into one block. Restaurants, shops and even night life. Chef Jen Jasinski - James Beard Award Winner/Top Chef Contestant has 3 Rioja - Great for an intimate/quiet dinner or a delightful lunch. Bistro Vendome - LOVE their patio. Great brunch or if you go for dinner, try the ...

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    Tattered Cover Bookstore

    16 reviews

    Absolutely one of the best bookstores in the world. The Tattered Cover has all the books you want to read and then some. Looking for that new book that just came out? They got it. Looking for a classic first edition? They got it. Stop by and peruse their selection, just make sure you allow yourself plenty of time because ...

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  • 14

    Downtown Aquarium

    21 reviews

    The Denver Aquarium is situated on the east side of Lodo near the REI and Coors Field. When my wife's family came to visit a few years back we split up one day with some of us going on a hike and others going to the Aquarium. My niece and nephew remember the sharks to this day.

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    Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    21 reviews

    It may seem dry from the outward appearance, but walk inside this building and you'll be stunned by all the options your family will have to explore in the vibrant, interactive rooms. Interested in space? There have been whole rooms dedicated to that. You’ll find rooms showcasing health, dinosaurs, rocks and gems, mummies and more. If you have time, check ...

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  • 16

    NCAR Mesa Lab

    4 reviews

    The National Center for Atmospheric Research is housed in a incredible suite of buildings designed by I.M. Pei. NCAR is one of the most important meteorology labs in the world. Here vast databanks of computers process atmospheric data from all over the country. Tours are allowed many days per week. In addition, NCAR is also the site of some of ...

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  • 17

    Colorado Convention Center

    18 reviews

    Great spot for a large convention. Close to the 16th street pedestrian mall, contains a large and varied set of venues.

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  • 18

    The Church

    2 reviews

    The Church nightclub in downtown Denver was actually a Presbyterian church for over a hundred years. One of the managers showed me through the cathedral room and pointed out memorial plaques along the walls (one commemorating the dead from WWI). In 1998 the Church became a nightclub after its current owners bought it from the church and paid to have ...

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    Old Colorado City Historic District

    20 reviews

    Roam around this quaint area know for local art galleries, restaurants and interesting shops. During the early history of Colorado Springs this was where you could get liquor and arrange a date with a "soiled dove"for the night at one of the many cribs. Legend has it that there are tunnels that run under the main street so refined gents ...

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    Beaver Meadows Station

    2 reviews

    One of the ironies of Rocky Mountain National Park is that you really don't need to head that far into the mountains or forests to find animals. If you just come in by the Beaver Meadows entrance, chances are you're going to see elk, mule deer or both grazing along the side of the road. Elk are supposed to be ...

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