Visiting Denver for a day? There’s so much to see and do in the Mile High City that it can be hard to choose how to spend your time. Exploring all that Denver has to offer certainly takes more time than one day, but if you’re on a time crunch, these iconic locations will give you a varied experience of Denver’s culture and lifestyle.
If you have more than a day in Denver, don’t forget about some of the other extremely popular attractions like the Denver Zoo, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Aquarium, the Botanic Gardens, and the many other museums, too. Local hint: some of these awesome locations also offer free admission on select days throughout the year!
236 W. 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
This favorite Denver breakfast restaurant has been serving delicious breakfasts for the last 25 years. Their menu ranges from traditional breakfast dishes to breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked goods, and a variety of specials. They open bright and early at 6:30am every morning and close at 2pm.
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Looking to add some culture to your day? The internationally-known Denver Art Museum holds over 70,000 works of art. With art from around the world and from many time periods, the Art Museum is an incredible visual and educational experience. Plus, the museum is free on select free admission days!
650 Sherman St, Denver CO 80203
For lunch, we’re headed over Racines, located between the Cherry Creek shopping district and downtown Denver. This classic Denver eatery serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. During peak times, they offer free valet parking, but parking in their garage is always free – free parking is seldom found downtown!
Washington Park, Denver, CO
Known as “Wash Park” by the locals, the popular Washington Park is a classic city park that’s great for taking a step back from the busy city and enjoying a breath of fresh air. Whether you’re there to take a stroll, people watch, or relax, you’ll have the two lakes, two formal flower gardens, and lush green grass as a backdrop to help you reconnect with nature. You might see some locals practicing yoga, walking, running, taking their dog for a walk, or simply enjoying the crisp mountain air.
1001 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80265
Denver’s iconic outdoor pedestrian mall is located in the heart of the city and is the center of so many of the best shops, restaurants, and bars. In the evening, enjoy people watching amidst the nearly 1,000,000 lights in the trees along the mall, stop by one of the rooftop bars like 54Thirty (the highest open-air bar in Denver), or go see a movie at one of the 12 movie theaters. While the list of things to do at 16th Street Mall is endless, the best way to experience the mall is simply to take a stroll down the mall, and you’re sure to find something of interest to you. Keep in mind that parking can be difficult in this area, and the easiest parking is often in the parking garages, which can range from approximately $5-15 per day.
2030 W. 30th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80211
A short walk from 16th Street Mall, treat yourself to a mouth-watering meal at Linger, located in Denver’s unique and trendy LoHi neighborhood. Linger’s menu is sectioned by continent, offering foods from across the world. Head up to the rooftop for some drinks during the summertime and enjoy the view of downtown Denver. Plus, if Linger’s desserts weren’t enough, the ever-popular Little Man Ice Cream is right next door to satisfy your sweet tooth.
18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465
Red Rock Amphitheater is a stunning outdoor concert venue in Morrison, CO. You’ll find a range of artists performing at this unique venue, wedged in between two massive red rocks. Located at the edge of the foothills, the panoramic views from the amphitheater of downtown Denver and beyond are some of the best. To plan your visit, we’ve even a list of all of the concerts happening this year at Red Rocks by date.