What to Do around The Westin Denver Downtown
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Call her the Mile High City, or City of the Plains, Denver is a city with a high altitude and a low-key attitude. Locals here care about the spirit of the Rocky Mountains, and carry that vibe into the city through recreation, art, music, and food.
18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
Just outside of downtown Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater is the only naturally-occurring acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. Since it first opened in 1941, it has been home to iconic music performances, from opera to rock. The stage is...
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...
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA
With over 70,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum can't be fully taken in during just one visit. Its permanent collection has a number of focuses, including art of the region, but it also contains works from farther afield. The museum...
1001 16th St, 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,...
1068 9th Street Park, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Three colleges merge on one campus at Auraria on the western border of downtown. Once a thriving Denver neighborhood, the campus still shows signs of the past with a bounty of historical landmarks. The Ninth Street Historic Park is lined with...
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Before you go through the West entrance of Colorado State Capitol Building for their free historical tours, the 15th step bears the inscription "One Mile Above Sea Level." Don't be fooled, it isn't the actual one-mile marker. After two inaccurate...
700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Ever been to a convention with decent food? The answer is clearly no and the Colorado Convention Center is trying to change that with the Blue Bear Farm. Named after the towering blue mascot out front, the back of the building along Speer...
1600 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
It’s rumored that Stephen King was inspired by this moody deco bar for a scene in The Shining that he penned while staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Cruise Room in the historic Oxford Hotel is an authentic post-Prohibition...
1400 Curtis Street, 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...
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 $8 to rent a bike and bounce between stations. There are incremental fees if the bike stays out longer than 30 minutes so...
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...
800 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Visiting new and emerging art galleries is always a lot of fun. Combine it with a once-a-month art walk, and you'll find yourself with an eclectic group of people enjoying everything from antiques and art, to food trucks and people watching. First...
1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Did you know it’s rude to put soy sauce on food in Japan? They’ll teach you the finer ways of Japanese cooking at Domo, a hidden treasure in downtown Denver. And while the restaurant’s exterior looks like an industrial warehouse, the interior...
Five Points, Denver, CO, USA
There was a time when Five Points in downtown Denver was the country's jazz hub west of the Mississippi. Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie played here. The neighborhood is centered on a...
2239 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
You won't get a passport stamp, but you will take a trip to France when you settle into this intimate bistro. The twinkle lights, brick walls, and projected old-school subtitled films create a romantic and sexy spot that demands champagne and...
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Over 100 years ago what is now the McNichols Building was a Carnegie Library, complete with shushing librarians. Today, quite the opposite is true, with staff encouraging interactive and boisterous reactions to art and music on display. This...
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...
3091 California St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
The Black American West Museum was built in 1971, in the home of Dr. Justina Ford, Colorado's first black female doctor, to collect, preserve, and disseminate the contributions of African Americans to the development of the Old West. You'll learn...
1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
A small contemporary art museum, well curated with an awesome locally focused rooftop cafe. The exhibits rotate so check out what's currently showing. Notable recent shows include Marilyn Minter and Mark Mothersbaugh.
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