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  • 1 Downtown Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    700 Water St. 700 USA - Denver, CO

    This 1999 aquarium is distinguished by its focus on American river habitats. Colorado River Journey begins in the trout-rich streams of the Rockies and depicts a 1,500mi course through the arid Grand Canyon to the subtropical Sea of Cortez. Tropical ..

  • 2 Denver Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    100 W 14th Ave USA - Denver, CO 80204-2713

    This thin, twin-towered building (Gio Ponti), faced in iridescent tile, is a modern fortress looming over Civic Center Plaza, with exhibits on seven vertically stacked, 10,000sq-ft gallery floors. A new wing (Daniel Libeskind), designed to resemble a..

  • 3 Denver Museum of Nature and Science Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2001 Colorado Blvd. USA - Denver, CO 80205-5732

    From a modest origin in 1900, this three-story museum has grown to become one of the largest in the US, with more than 500,000 specimens and artifacts. Included are 95 natural-history dioramas and exceptional collections of fossils, minerals and cult..

  • 4 US Mint Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    USA - Denver, CO 80202

    This mint, one of four in the country, produces half the coins circulated in the US. It strikes 10 billion coins a year, producing an average of $3.5 million each day, and tends one-fourth of America's gold reserves-shipped from San Francisco in 1934..

  • 5 Colorado State Capitol Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    200 E. Colfax Ave. USA - Denver, CO 80203

    As the seat of state government, the imposing hilltop capitol (1886, Elijah Myers) is home to the General Assembly and offices of the governor and other officials. Constructed over 22 years in the shape of a Greek cross, the granite capitol is a smal..

  • 6 Coors Brewing Co. Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1550 Platte St USA - Denver, CO 80204

    The world's largest brewing complex, founded in 1873 by immigrant brewer Adolph Coors, stretches for 2mi along Clear Creek. Tours follow the 16-week beer-making process through malting, brewing and packaging. Some 1.5 million gallons of beer are prod..

  • 7 Denver Botanic Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    1005 York St. USA - Denver, CO 80206-3751

    With 30 themed areas, these gardens are a tranquil oasis amid urban congestion. From early spring to the first hard frost, rose, lilac, peony, iris and daylily gardens attract birds and butterflies. The Rock Alpine Garden mimics high-altitude life zo..

  • 8 Denver Zoo Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2300 Steele St. USA - Denver, CO 80205-5715

    Nearly 4,000 animals of 700 species are at home in this 80-acre zoo, laid out on an oval around a 1.5mi loop. Summer visitors may tour the grounds aboard the Safari Shuttle, an open-air electric bus, or the Pioneer Train, a scale model of an 1878 tra..

  • 9 Molly Brown House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1340 Pennsylvania St. USA - Denver, CO 80203-2417

    Made famous by a Broadway musical and an Oscar-nominated 1964 movie, the "unsinkable" Molly Brown experienced new popularity after the 1998 movie Titanic. Visits to her home surged as well. Guided tours (60min) of the 7,700sq ft sandstone h..

  • 10 The Denver Public Library Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy USA - Denver, CO 80204-2749

    A striking Postmodern structure (1995, Michael Graves & Brian Klipp), this $64 million library-largest in the US between Chicago and Los Angeles-boasts six public floors and 47 miles of shelves. Seventy panels by artist Edward Ruscha adorn its main h..

  • 11 16th Street Mall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    511 16th St USA - Denver, CO 80202

    Extending southeast from the bus terminal to Civic Center Plaza, the tree-lined Mall was created in 1982. The route is flanked by office towers, street-level cafes and shops, and 11 fountains. Horse-drawn carriages and free shuttle buses are the only..

  • 12 Brown Palace Hotel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    321 17th St. at Tremont Pl. & Broadway. USA - Denver, CO 80202-4003

    Five US presidents and the Beatles have stayed at "The Brown," Denver's grandest hotel (1892, Frank Edbrooke). The nine-story Italian Renaissance landmark is made of red granite and sandstone. Twenty-six stone medallions depicting Rocky Mou..

  • 13 Colorado History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1300 Broadway USA - Denver, CO 80203

    Galleries at this museum include an 1800-1949 timeline and exhibits on cowboys, pioneer lifestyle, transportation, and black and Hispanic cultures. Of note are numerous artifacts from Mesa Verde, removed in the late 19C before the establishment of th..

  • 14 Colorado Railroad Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    17155 W. 44th Ave. USA - Denver, CO 80216

    The largest rail museum in the Rocky Mountains displays more than 70 examples of trains that brought development and settlement to the frontier West.

  • 15 The Pepsi Center

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1000 Chopper Cir. 1000 USA - Denver, CO

    The city of Denver's premiere sports center, nestled in the South Platte River Valley, is the place to see basketball and ice-hockey games. Built in 1999, it seats up to 20,000 people for music concerts and other events.

  • 16 Colorado's Ocean Journey

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    700 Water St. at 23rd Ave. USA - Denver, CO 80211-5210

    Opened in 1999, this modern aquarium incorporates the sights, sounds and climate of simulated American and Asian river habitats, from their headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Colorado River Journey begins in the trout-rich streams of the Rockies and de..

  • 17 Six Flags Elitch Gardens

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2000 Elitch Circle USA - Denver, CO 80204-1889

    Established in 1890 in northwest Denver, Elitch Gardens moved in 1995 to this site and became part of the Six Flags chain. Thrill rides and a cartoon town are among its draws.

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