A Local Guide to Denver

Slow Food Nations will be centered on two of Denver’s favorite hangouts, Larimer Square, the city’s most historic block, and Denver Union Station, a completely renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station. But there’s much more to see. This vibrant outdoor city is filled with urban adventures. 

Here’s a quick travel guide to help you hit some of the other highlights…

1. Denver Beer Trail

Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and explore more than 20 featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area. You’ll find everything from stouts to lagers and all the flavors in between.

2. Rockmount Ranch Wear

A true Western icon, Jack A. Weil, invented the first cowboy shirt with snaps and helped popularize Western wear as legitimate American fashion. Many of the Rockmount designs are worn by movie stars and music legends, all with the signature design of diamond snaps and sawtooth pockets. The grandson of “Papa Jack” Weil, Steve Weil, continues the traditions today, and the store is located in the heart of downtown at 1626 Wazee St.

3. Art Museums

See Denver Art Museum’s famous collection of Native American art and explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world famous architect, Daniel Libeskind. Downtown’s Golden Triangle Creative District is home to galleries, fine-art studios, specialty stores and eight museums, including the Clyfford Still Museum. Still is considered one of the most influential painters of the 20th century.

4. History Colorado Center

Denver’s History Colorado Center features exhibits and programs that tell the stories of Colorado and engage visitors in the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain West. Enjoy interactive exhibits like a virtual ride in a real Model T, test your skills on a ski jump simulator or set off dynamite in an 1880s hard-rock mine.

5. Vibrant Neighborhoods

Vibrant arts and culture is just two wheels away! Explore The Mile High City using B-cycle, Denver’s pioneering bike-sharing program, and pedal your way through Denver’s creative art districts that surround the city center. Explore the River North Art District (RiNo), which is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artists, foodies and designers. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo still offers plenty of cafes, brewpubs, restaurants and art galleries. Visit the Highlands neighborhood, just north of downtown or the Art District on Santa Fe, which is home to more than 100 galleries, artist studios and creative businesses.

5. Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek North is the premier outdoor retail and dining destination with an impressive collection of art galleries, independently owned boutiques, international fashion brands and luxury hotel options. The neighborhood is also home to Cherry Creek Shopping Center, the Rocky Mountain’s upscale retail destination, featuring 160 stores, 40 of which are exclusive to this area such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Louis Vuitton and RH.

5. Mile High Culture Pass

The Mile High Culture Pass is one ticket that provides access to seven of Denver’s top attractions. (A three-day pass is available for $30 and a five-day pass sells for $52.80.) The Mile High Culture Pass offers additional discounts for the B-cycle bike-sharing program and attractions like the Molly Brown House Museum, home of Titanic heroine, the unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown.

Thank you to our sponsor, Visit Denver, for providing this blog post.

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