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How to Spend 1 Day in Denver

How to Spend 1 Day in Denver

Once a mining boom town, now a modern metropolis, Denver boasts abundant cultural offerings against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Wild West history meets a gourmet palate in downtown bars and restaurants, while parks offer plenty of ways to soak up the famous Colorado sunshine. Here’s how to maximize a day in the Mile-High City.

Morning: Get a Culture Fix

Plan an artsy start to the day at one of Denver’s many museums. Browse Native American and Western collections at the Denver Art Museum, step inside a Victorian mansion at the Byers-Evans House, or ponder modern themes at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Consider a city discount pass if you plan on stopping at multiple museums and attractions. Rest your feet over brunch of a Denver omelette or fresh-baked bagels, snagging a seat at an outdoor patio if the weather’s nice.

Afternoon: Bike the Best of Downtown

Get a great perspective on downtown’s main attractions on a bike tour. Flat streets, generous bike paths, and riverside trails make Denver a bike-friendly town. Ride alongside locals while taking in views of landmarks such as Coors Field stadium, the State Capital Building, 16th-Street Mall, and Platte River. Some bike tours include brewery stops. If not, hop from bike tour to craft beer tour to learn more about the city’s booming microbrew scene. Alternatively, save your legs and join a motor scooter tour.

Night: Mile-High Happy Hour

Reward yourself after all that peddling with a guided bar crawl to a handful of downtown Denver’s hippest watering holes. There’s plenty to explore, with spots specializing in everything from mixed cocktails to locally brewed craft beer. After kicking off the night with drinks, head to historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) for dinner to taste for yourself why Denver’s culinary scene draws top chefs and rave reviews.  

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1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver

1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver

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Get the lowdown on LoDo on an express tour of Denver’s oldest neighborhood. Both historic and rapidly changing, the district is home to many of the city's hippest bars, restaurants, and hotels. Walk a loop around LoDo’s most important landmark buildings while hearing tales from Denver’s Wild West history. Get inside tips on where to dine and drink while in town from a guide who knows the area best.
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Bicycle Tour of Downtown Denver.

Bicycle Tour of Downtown Denver.

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Colorado is known for its excellent bicycling, both on and off-road. On this guided tour, explore the vibrant neighborhoods surrounding downtown Denver. Admire the skyline, sports stadiums, and architecture as you ride down city streets, riverside paths, and quiet side streets. All equipment, including 3-speed cruisers with disc brakes, is included. This is an excellent way to learn about Denver while getting some sun and mountain air.
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