Known for its extensive Western and Native American collections, the recently remodeled DAM has an architectural split personality: Half of the collection is held in a castle-like space by Gio Ponti, while the other sits in Daniel Libeskind’s jagged iceberg. Once you’ve tackled the galleries here, head next door to the Clyfford Still Museum, a minimalist marvel dedicated to the abstract expressionist.
Check your pocket change: If any of your coins bear a small capital “D,” they’re some of the billions produced at the Denver Mint each year. Book a tour to learn about the institution’s history and see how metal is transformed into currency.
If you take advantage of the super-convenient airport train (37 minutes, $10.50), this grand revitalized station will be your entry point into the Mile High City—and you couldn’t ask for a warmer welcome. Within the 1914 beaux arts landmark are boutiques (such as Bloom by Anuschka), The Crawford Hotel and 10 bars and restaurants, including the popular brunch spot Snooze.
Housed in the old Windsor Dairy building, this micro-neighborhood is densely packed with enough establishments to keep you occupied for the better part of a day, including a hotel, a coworking space, shops, restaurants and cocktail bars. Thirty-one Denver or Front Range artists were commissioned to create 715 art pieces, which are dotted throughout the space from the central alley to the elevators and bathrooms.
The home of the Colorado Rockies has earned a reputation as a hitter’s park, thanks to its altitude and semiarid climate. Just how high is it? Look for the purple seats in the 20th row of the upper deck—they mark exactly one mile above sea level.
Capped with a gold-leaf dome, this neoclassical landmark was built of Colorado rose onyx, a variety of marble so rare that construction depleted all known supplies. Stop in for a free weekday tour to see stained-glass windows depicting figures from Colorado history and the hall of presidential portraits.
Aside from maybe beer and the Broncos, Denverites love nothing more than the great outdoors. Their cathedral is this nearly 90,000-square-foot gear emporium, which occupies the 1901 Denver Tramway building. Here, you’ll find a rooftop garden, a walk-in freezer for testing winter gear, and a 47-foot climbing wall modeled after the Front Range’s sandstone bluffs.
Sure, you can hike or bike in Denver’s many urban parks, but did you know you can brave white-water rapids by kayak or tube mere feet from the historic LoDo district? Named for the natural juncture where Cherry Creek meets the South Platte River, this park also hosts a pocket-sized beach for splashing in the cool river waters.