Denver, the Mile High City, has the enviable distinction of having one of the prettiest scenic backdrops of any major city in the country.
Staff The venerable Union Station in lower downtown Denver has been reborn as a long-awaited transit hub and a flourishing hotel, restaurant and entertainment space. Buses, trains, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle through downtown, and several light-rail routes converge at the site, with more still to come. In and around the station are more than a dozen retail shops, restaurants, bars and the boutique Crawford Hotel, named for Denver…
The Denver Firefighters Museum is located in a historic firehouse and features galleries on Denver’s fires, fire apparatus, tools and equipment, fire suppression, and other duties firefighters perform, plus a children’s gallery.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum features more than four dozen aircraft and space vehicles, including a B-18A Bolo, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite and a Star Wars X-Wing fighter.
The University of Denver’s Chester Alter Arboretum is home to 10 Champion and Notable trees: cedar of Lebanon, crabapple, eastern wahoo, European hornbeam, horse chestnut, shantung maple, trident maple, weeping giant sequoia and yellow buckeye.
Denver Water’s xeriscape garden demonstrates how green gardening can be achieved with minimal water. It includes more than 200 species of flowers, grasses, turf, shrubs and trees.
The Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve has a herd of two dozen bison in a pasture in Denver’s oldest mountain park. See them Interstate 70.
The Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve houses interactive exhibits about the ecology of the region and demonstrates sustainable building materials and design. Outside are breathtaking overlooks, easy and challenging trails.
Denver’s top concert venue is a natural, open-air amphitheater formed by two 300-foot-high red sandstone monoliths. It has drawn the Beatles and U2.
Tattered Cover Book Store is Denver’s premier independent bookseller. It hosts 400 authors, illustrators and other special guests each year.