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Denver
Travel Guide

Denver featuring central business district

Sat just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a town that has its roots in gold rush mania. Whilst visitors still enjoy panning the area’s rivers and streams for precious metal, Denver is now more known for being one of the largest cities in the Southwest – home to nearly 700,000 people spread across 80 unique neighbourhoods.

The Denver of today is hugely popular as a destination for both families and people who enjoy the outdoor life. With such close proximity to the Rockies, the wider city is home to the world famous Denver Mountain Parks.

Covering over 14,000 acres across 22 developed sites, the mountain park system offers unspoilt access to the Rockies scenery and natural forests. Genesee Park off Interstate 70 is the largest park, and an excellent place observe American Bison.

With a history of both gold and cattle trading, Denver is home to a very multicultural population. Mexican-Americans are particularly prevalent in the city, helping Denver cement its reputation as the home of New Mexican cuisine – indeed, as the hometown of the famous Chipotle restaurant, it would almost be rude not to sample a bowl of the city’s famous chile or a Colorado burrito when visiting! The city’s Mexican connections also celebrate four important occasions each year with festivals, the best known of which being Cinco de Mayo in early May – a riot of food, music and colour that routinely attracts half a million visitors to the city.

As you might expect of a regional population centre, Denver is home to many extremely well regarded museums, galleries and cultural institutions. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is, by far, the most famous and the second largest performing arts centre in the world. With over 10,000 seats and a Tony Award-winning theatre company of its own, the complex is a great place to catch a touring Broadway musical or the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Continuing the city’s love affair with arts and culture, the Denver Arts Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science (with its Colorado themed exhibits) both attract visitors from far and wide, whilst the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum at the former Lowry Air Base provides a fascinating insight into both military and civilian air technology. If animals are more your thing, the city is also home to Denver Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium – each offering the opportunity to get up close and personal to local and more exotic creatures alike.

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Where to stay in Denver

Sonesta Denver Downtown
Sonesta Denver Downtown
4 out of 5
1450 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO
The price is £89 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paramount Theater and Colorado Convention Center. Civic Center Park and Denver Art Museum ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,536 reviews)
"Like tha fact you need key card to gain access to elevators"

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Sonesta Denver Downtown
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
4 out of 5
650 15th St., Denver, CO
The price is £82 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown Denver, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. 16th Street Mall and Denver Center ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,383 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Grand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver
4.5 out of 5
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO
The price is £81 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown Denver, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado Convention Center, and 16th Street Mall. Denver Art Museum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,852 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly. There was no housekeeping while we stayed due to COVID, but they will bring replacement items (towels and the like) to the room upon request. Good location with the 16th Street Mall just around the corner."

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Grand Hyatt Denver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonder - The Essex
Sonder - The Essex
3.5 out of 5
630 East 16th Avenue, Denver, CO
The price is £161 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Uptown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fillmore Auditorium and Ogden Theater. Denver Art Museum and Paramount Theater are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
"Really great option for our group of five. The rooms were lovely and the staff was attentive to any needs we had."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Sonder - The Essex
Sonder - Zuni Studios
Sonder - Zuni Studios
3 out of 5
3022 Zuni Street, Denver, CO
Located in Highland, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Empower Field at Mile High and Union Station. Denver's Downtown ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Place smelled bad. Very uncomfortable seating if u have a guest. I would never recommend this place to anyone"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Sonder - Zuni Studios
King BED - PET Friendly - Fully Remodeled Home
King BED - PET Friendly - Fully Remodeled Home
3634 Krameria St, Denver, CO
Located in Northeast Park Hill, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Johnson and Wales University, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Denver Zoo. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great Stay
"The house was very cute and met all our needs. The host responded in a timely manner.. The neighbors with the trampoline were slightly loud and their property did make the neighborhood seem a little unclean."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

King BED - PET Friendly - Fully Remodeled Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Denver

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4/5 - Good

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9 Nov 2019

There are a lot of electric scooters around town from various companies available for hire these are operated by people with a very wide range of skill level, you've been warned.

4/5 - Good

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7 Oct 2019

Very busy city lots to see

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

1 Oct 2019

2nd visit to denver for 2 night stay after touring. Visited most of the attractions first time round, nothing new this time.. Wouldnt want to spend more than two days here

4/5 - Good

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22 Sep 2019

Nice city, good shopping & restaurants friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Sep 2019

Love Denver cant say any more

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Aug 2019

Interesting city, clean, and very friendly. Easy to walk around.

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