The Perfect Weekend in Denver
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Go deep in the Mile High City with a three-day itinerary that'll take you through its history—with the Molly Brown House and Union Station standing in for years of pioneers and Western travelers—and Denver's hip new age of food halls, coffee roasters, microbreweries, and art museums. The Rockies have never looked so good.
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Known for hosting readings by big stars in the literary firmament, Tattered Cover Book Store originally opened in 1971 in a mere 950 square feet of space in the Cherry Creek North area. The enterprise has grown to...
1250 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Clyfford Still brought new energy to the art world after World War II with his large-scale, color-splashed paintings, and is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Though his influence on the Abstract...
3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
Located in Denver’s trendy River North district, the Source is a collection of 25 vendors sharing space in the hip industrial interior of a former 1880s iron foundry, where artisans and retailers include a bakery, a butcher shop, florist,...
1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Constructed across four city blocks around Denver's original 1908 municipal auditorium, the sprawling 12-acre Performing Arts Complex now contains 10 venues under one roof. It’s the largest performing arts center...
1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Celebrated on Broadway and in film as the title character in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (with unsinkable being a reference to her survival as a passenger of the Titanic), Margaret Brown was born in Missouri...
1001 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80265, USA
Architect I.M. Pei's firm designed the 16th Street Mall so that, when seen from the air, the repeating pattern of red, white, and gray stone that makes up the pavement would resemble the markings on a diamondback rattlesnake. At ground level,...
1200-1298 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
B-Cycle stations are scattered around Denver, which makes it easy and affordable to bike the city. For 24 hours, it is only $9 to rent a bike and bounce between stations. There are incremental fees if the bike stays out longer than 30 minutes so...
Denver International Airport (DEN), 8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249, USA
While traveling through A Gates at the Denver Airport, you may have been curious about the colorful patterns of the tiles below your feet. Stand directly on them and you cannot see it's true form but take a quick minute to traverse upstairs and...
2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
5450 N Valley Hwy, Denver, CO 80216, USA
Ready to kick up your boots? Head out to this quirky country-western club off I-25 north of downtown Denver. With live bands and line dancing, as well as dollar beer nights, ladies' nights, and other diversions packing the calendar,...
1626 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Contrary to popular belief, most Denverites do not dress like cowboys. But those hipsters that do, do it right at Rockmount Ranch Wear. Some seriously cool fashion pieces have been flying off the racks here since 1946, when the shop opened in at...
321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
With more than 125 years of history under its belt, the Brown Palace Hotel is one of Denver’s quirkiest landmarks. It was the country’s first fireproof lodging—built with terracotta floors, cast-iron railings, and onyx paneling...
1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
Chef Alex Seidel is more than a chef, he is the farmer of most of the fresh food being served. On his 10-acre farm, he tends to herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, pigs and bees. With the addition of sheep in 2010, he created Colorado's first...
1701 Wynkoop St #155, Denver, CO 80202, USA
From its location in Denver’s Union Station, Mercantile Dining & Provision makes delicious and nutritious meals accessible to commuters and travelers passing through. This is the second eatery by Alex Seidel, a committed...
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Even if you don’t have a train to catch, you’ll want to make time to explore all of the dining options at Denver’s Union Station. This Beaux-Arts landmark, completed in 1914, underwent a complete renovation in 2014, and now it...
1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Inspired by Brooklyn's Barcade and Portland's Ground Kontrol, The 1up is Denver's take on an arcade bar. Stocked with 15 pinball machines, 3 skeeball lanes, giant Jenga sets and 45 classic arcade games including Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac Man, NBA...
1600 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
It’s rumored that Stephen King was inspired by this moody deco landmark when he wrote about the hotel bar in The Shining. The Cruise Room in the historic Oxford Hotel is an authentic post-Prohibition bar with its original chrome and neon,...
1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
This iconic clock tower became a Denver landmark when it was completed in 1910 as part of the Daniels & Fisher department store. Inspired by the Campanile in Venice and designed by architect Frederick Sterner, the...
1727 Tremont Pl, Denver, CO 80202, USA
It’s one of those buildings that you walk by all the time, yet have no idea what goes on inside. What does go on inside? Well, plenty. The Navarre Building was a bordello, fancy dining club, and jazz hot spot, and is now an art museum housing one...
1600 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
To get a sense of the serious city pride around here, stop by the I Heart Denver Store downtown, a gift shop run on a consignment model for locally produced crafts and souvenirs. Items range from Adam Sikorski’s Coloradical...
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