The Bluebird Theater was built in 1913 and originally named after the prominent Denver grocer and druggist, John Thompson. The theater was renamed in 1922 and became an important part of the community. The theater was also initially a movie house and went through various phases over the years. In 1994, Chris Swank and a business partner invested in the Bluebird and it re-opened as a mecca for music that you know today. The theater is laid out in tiers with a balcony overlooking the entire space and is a great place to experience live music in Denver.
At the Forney Museum of Transportation, exhibits feature antique automobiles from 1899 to 1976, including Amelia Earhart's Kissel Car and Prince Aly Kahn's Rolls Royce, carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, farm machinery, the world's largest locomotive called the Big Boy (measuring over 134' long) and much more.
The Pepsi Center is home to the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and NBA's Denver Nuggets in addition to hosting a variety of concerts, ice shows, sports and family events. The arena houses a full-service conference facility and retail store featuring official NHL and NBA merchandise and is open to the public for tours.
Tee off on a mile-high course in Denver, where you'll play amongst the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Options include the public City Park Golf Course, featuring panoramic views of the city, and the award-winning, internationally acclaimed The Ridge at Castle Pines North.
Art and science unite in the gardens' spectacular 23-acre site, offering an unforgettable experience for the whole family, as well as a living laboratory for education and plant conservation programs.
Situated in LoDo, the oldest part of Denver, the Marquis Theatre is known for featuring local talent and having an underground, indie-rock vibe. The Marquis has also helped give some up-and-coming acts get their start, including the likes of the Jonas Brothers and Gym Class Heroes.
Representing the people and the personality of Colorado, Sports Authority Field at Mile High honors the traditions of the original Mile High Stadium, one of the most storied stadiums in NFL history. See the Denver Broncos play at this landmark stadium in the heart of Denver and experience "Broncomania" for yourself.
"Nuggets" refers to the 19th century mining boom in Colorado, when people rushed to the area, hoping to make their fortunes by panning gold and silver nuggets. Catch a Nuggets game while in Denver and watch them dominate the opposition on the Pepsi Center court.
Feel like you're on the top of the world when you reach the peak of a 14er, the affectionate name for a Colorado mountain with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet (4,267 meters). Colorado is home to the most 14ers in North America, and climbing these peaks is a favorite pastime among Colorado outdoor enthusiasts. You can be among them on this full-day hiking tour from Denver with an expert guide.
For an exciting, adrenaline-pumping experience when you're in Denver, head 30 minutes outside the city for a 5-hour rock-climbing adventure! Colorado's Front Range is home to unique rock formations that make for great climbing conditions, whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced climber. All climbing equipment is provided, including ropes, harnesses and shoes, and snacks and water are included, so all you have to do is come ready for an adventure!
The Denver Nuggets host the Minnesota Timberwolves for this major league basketball game.
As the region's only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a wide variety of symphonic performances - from classical repertoire to innovative new forms. See them perform at Boettcher Concert Hall, the nation's first symphony hall in the round designed to place the audience close to the stage in a unique environment.
The two sandstone monoliths that flank this geologically-formed amphitheater are 250 million years old and stand 300 feet high - taller than Niagara Falls. They also create perfect acoustic conditions, which is part of why the stage at Red Rocks is unlike any other in the world. Surrounded by hiking trails and 868 acres of park, this amphitheater features panoramic views of the Mile High City and an unobstructed view of the stage from every seat.
Osteria Marco is an artisan-style pizzeria in the heart of Larimer Square. An exposed brick dining room is lined with Italian wines, many of which are reasonably priced under $50. Cheeses and charcuterie are crafted from a salumi bar in-house, and meats are roasted right in the dining room.
Sushi Sasa is designed to offer Denver the opportunity to enjoy traditional and "new style" Japanese cuisine harmoniously beneath one roof. Bilingual chefs man the sushi bar at the rear of the zen-like space and offer up exotic fish and produce from around the world with the heart of the cuisine remaining Japanese.
Izakaya literally means "sake house with small plates" and you will find Izakaya pubs all over Japan. It is a place where locals go to let loose after a hard day's work. Like the traditional sake dens of Japan, Izakaya Den is a wonderful place to sit and contemplate your work day. For those who love Slow Food, Izakaya Den offers the chance to stretch out your dining experience, enjoy each bite, every carefully balanced flavor, every drop of liquid genius, disguised as sauce.
Chef/owner Frank Bonanno has created a special spot for food lovers here. At Mizuna, cooks are given free creative reign over a menu that changes monthly to emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients balanced with clean flavors. American-style cuisine mingles with French technique and influences, and an international wine menu is offered.
Chef/co-owner Alex Seidel's creative interpretations of American comfort food classics have earned great acclaim for this romantic little bistro, which has been described by Zagat as "absolutely incredible," with "plates that look like a Cezanne still life."
Internationally-acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval incorporates innovative culinary techniques and local ingredients into authentic Mexican recipes at La Sandia. Located in Lone Tree, CO about 30 minutes south of Denver, La Sandia features a selection of over 200 tequilas and seating on the spectacular rooftop patio.
The Fort is a frontier-themed cantina/fort replica featuring hearty and unusual regional specialties typical of the early West. Located 17 miles southwest of Denver in Morrison, the Fort is a great place to dine on your way up to nearby Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Nothing cools you down on a hot summer day quite like a water park. Water World is one of America's biggest family water parks and is situated a mere 15 minutes north of downtown Denver. Explore River Country, which features a variety of "rivers" that you can raft down on a tube. Water World also features tube slides, wave pools, tandem racers and many other splashy attractions.
The historic Fillmore Auditorium, located near the State Capital Building in downtown Denver, attracts some of the nation's top touring acts and has drawn artists including James Brown, The Grateful Dead and The Who.
This historic bar and live music venue is located in a building dating to 1885. Since then, the building has both witnessed the advent of electricity and harnessed its power to create one of Denver's best intimate performance spaces. The Meadowlark's history can be seen in quirky features like exposed gaslight pipes under the bar and a cast-iron storefront on the building's facade.
Experience a live jazz club unlike anything else in Colorado. Dazzle Jazz showcases local, national and international musicians and is a local favorite for great food, excellent service and live music.
South Pearl Street is one of Denver's most historic, charming, and popular shopping districts. Stretching from Buchtel to Jewell Avenues, the tree-lined blocks are the antidote to the modern mega-mall. Here you'll find an authentic mix of real people, locally-owned one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, some of the city's hottest restaurants and night spots, as well as popular seasonal events all year long.
Located just south of downtown Denver, Cherry Creek features over 160 shops with an extensive mix of luxury and specialty stores, including Neiman Marcus, Burberry, Kiehl's, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom and Apple.