Denver is the exciting, dynamic capital of the great state of Colorado. Aside from being known for its professional sports teams, Rocky Mountain Scenery and active locals, Denver was also recently named a top Budget Friendly Destination by Kayak. If you’re looking for a few more reasons to make a trip to the mile-high city, here are 5 reasons you should visit Denver this summer.
Denver is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and is just a short drive away from numerous activities the whole family can enjoy. Hop on I-70 and head west for about 30 minutes and you’ll find Idaho Springs, a historic mining town. Idaho Springs is home to Clear Creek, a whitewater destination known for its vicinity to Denver. With trips perfect for a 6 year old, all the way up to exciting class 5 rapids, Clear Creek is your number 1 destination for whitewater if you are looking to stay close to Denver. AVA’s Idaho Springs outpost doesn’t just have rafting; it is also known for it’s thrilling cliffside zipline, voted best of the Rockies in 2016 by Elevation Outdoors. After a day of whitewater adventure stop by Beau Jo’s pizza for a slice or TommyKnockers Brewery for an award winning beer.
South Broadway District is a locals’ favorite. Packed with unique restaurants, dive bars with live music and a ton of unique stores, South Broadway is the place to go in Denver. Quench your appetite with a trip to Sputniks for some sweet potato fries and a few pictures in the photo booth. Stop by the Hi-Dive Bar right next door for a taste of the world famous Denver music scene.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Have you ever dreamed of catching your favorite artists in an incredible outdoor amphitheater surrounded by red rock canyon walls? Go ahead and buy a ticket to your favorite show at Red Rocks Amphitheater this summer! Located on the outskirts of Denver in the town of Morrison, Red Rocks is sure to impress.
Denver and the surrounding areas have some of the best breweries and distilleries in the state. Check out some of the breweries and distilleries in Denver that offer tours and tastings. This is a fun, low cost way to enjoy the city.
Denver is filled with reservoirs, such as Cherry Creek, where a variety of activities are available. Hiking and boating during the summer are a great way to spend one of the over 300 days of sunshine in Colorado.
The Denver Aquarium
Most cities have aquariums, but the Denver Aquarium is a little different than most. After walking in, one of the first things that you’ll see is a flash flood warning. With an interactive demonstration on flash floods (wear shoes you don’t mind getting a little wet) and other hands on activities, this is a great way to have a great time but also do a lot of learning.
16th Street Mall
To really experience all that Denver has to offer the, 16th Street Mall is the best place to go. The mall is jam packed with restaurants, shopping and, best of all, people. The people in Denver are really what makes this a unique city. 16th Street Mall is the gathering place for all types of people, and it is a fun place to just walk through and see street performers.