Looking for some fun and interesting things to do in Denver, Colorado? You’ve come to the right place! Listed below is a collection of restaurants, bars, art and interesting city stops.
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Mile High Marker
Denver is known as the Mile High City, but it’s not all “one mile above sea level.” Another less-known fact about the Mile High Marker is that there are actually three markers! The first marker was the one engraved on the 15th step. The second and third markers, on the 18th and 13th steps respectively, are bronze and brass medallions denoting the “new” mile high markers. The second marker is also visible in the photo above.
Above is the side of the Colorado State Capitol building you need to go up to reach the Mile High Marker. You can read more about the history of the three markers at the capitol building here.
No, I didn’t type that wrong. RiNo is short for River North. The RiNo Art District is an area just outside of downtown that is full of bars, restaurants and street art! You can checkout more on the district here and download the maps to the different art pieces.
The Source: A collection of things to do in Denver!
If you’re looking for a cool spot in Denver to get a drink or some good food, you need to check out The Source!
Comida & Acorn
Two of the coolest places inside The Source! We had more than one place recommend Acorn to us, but we didn’t realize it was at The Source until we were dropped off. We ended up going to Comida for drinks one evening after exploring RiNo. They have indoor and outdoor seating and tasty drinks like this agua de Jamaica margarita!
What I don’t have a picture of is a sample of the watermelon jalapeño margarita the bartender poured me. And I can’t NOT recommend that one enough (haha). It was super spicy!
Denver’s Civic Center Park
There was a pretty cool Chinese Zodiac art installation through this opening in Denver. It was originally installed in October 2017 and was only supposed to be around for a year and then the installation was extended through January 2019. It’s next stop was Sonoma. While you can’t see this art installation in Denver anymore, the Civic Center Park always has something going on! Click here to see the website for the park and see what they have going on during your visit.
It was super easy to get this photo without any cars on the road. It was 3 in the afternoon on a weekday and we just waited for a red light and ran out on the crosswalk! While this is definitely a great photo op, be sure and check out Larimer Square in the evening. At certain times, restaurants will open their doors and the busy roadway becomes a dining experience!
Happy hour starts at 3, need I say more? Grab a late afternoon photo at Larimer Square and then run over to Illegal Burger for a margarita and a burger!
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
No list of “things to do in Denver” is complete without mentioning Red Rocks. Talk about a gorgeous venue to catch a show at. If you’re not able to see a show, I definitely recommend going and just walking around. There’s even a restaurant (behind me in the photo) so you can eat after hiking around. Click here to see their website and a list of upcoming events!
Last, but not least, here’s a spot for you to hit on your way out of Denver! Located in Denver International Airport, Root Down was also a place we were referred to. The wait can be a little crazy for an airport restaurant, but the food and drinks were both good!
Hi friends! This is just one post for my blog series from Denver, Colorado! Be sure to checkout the blogs I have posted for this trip and don’t be shy! Let me know if you’ve been to Denver and what you loved or didn’t like!