Denver

Travel Guide
Denver showing central business district

Whether you’re a sport enthusiast or a culture buff, this city offers something for everyone, all set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.

Denver, the capital city of the state of Colorado, lies in the South Platte River Valley, close to the dramatic range of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded in 1858 as part of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Today, the city remains vibrant, with an emphasis on outdoor life and sport, but you’ll also discover many cultural attractions at the heart of this capital.

South of downtown Denver, you’ll find the Golden Triangle, a museum district established to promote artistic and cultural activity. There are eight museums here, including the Denver Art Museum and the History Colorado Center. Apart from the museums, there are over 50 galleries and artists’ studios to visit, as well as many bars and restaurants.

The rest of the city boasts a wide variety of attractions, many especially suited to families. The Children’s Museum of Denver is packed with interactive exhibits aimed at children of all ages. Head to City Park, one of over 200 open spaces in Denver, to explore the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, which is full of displays explaining fascinating facts about life on earth. Also located in the park is Denver Zoo, where you can meet animals face to face.

If you visit during the hot summer months, don’t miss Water World, one of the largest water theme parks in America. Choose from the huge variety of rides that cater for all ages. The Lakeside Amusement Park is another popular attraction, offering all of the traditional fairground rides.

Make sure you schedule time to visit the wonderful natural features in the area surrounding the city. Head west to visit Dinosaur Ridge, where you can discover ancient fossils. Alternatively, the Butterfly Pavilion is only 15 minutes from downtown Denver. Here, you can walk amongst 1,600 flying butterflies housed in the Tropical Conservatory. For music lovers, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, located 24 kilometres to the west of the city, hosts fantastic open-air concerts in dramatic surroundings.

It will only take you an hour and a half by car to reach the Rocky Mountains, where you will be treated to magnificent mountain views. The Rocky Mountain National Park offers miles of hiking trails, where you can relive Denver’s pioneering origins.

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Where to stay in Denver

AmericInn by Wyndham Denver Airport
AmericInn by Wyndham Denver Airport
2.5 out of 5
7010 Tower Road, Denver, CO
The price is AU$167 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Barr Lake State Park and Buffalo ...
4/5Very Good! (2,510 reviews)
"Close to DEN airport. Staff was very familiar with hotel airport shuttle times. Fair pricing."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

AmericInn by Wyndham Denver Airport
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
4 out of 5
650 15th St., Denver, CO
The price is AU$327 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
Located in Downtown Denver, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. 16th Street Mall and Denver Center ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,395 reviews)
"Room had an uncleaned spill on the carpet. Bar closed on a Saturday night at 11:15 and we were unable to get a cocktail after the concert we went to. Saw many other guests upset about this situation. Valet parking didn’t answer the phone to get vehicle when we were ready to depart."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Hilton Denver City Center
Hilton Denver City Center
4 out of 5
1701 California St, Denver, CO
The price is AU$250 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater and Colorado Convention Center. Buell Theatre and Larimer Square are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,375 reviews)
"THe parking cost and access to garage. No validation for using garage"

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Hilton Denver City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Uptown Suites Extended Stay Denver CO – Centennial
Uptown Suites Extended Stay Denver CO – Centennial
2.5 out of 5
12943 East Briarwood Ave, Centennial, CO
The price is AU$142 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centennial Center Park and Cherry Creek State Park. Denver Broncos Training Camp ...
3.8/5Good! (154 reviews)
"Need more help at front desk!"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

Uptown Suites Extended Stay Denver CO – Centennial
Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
3 out of 5
801 15TH STREET, Denver, CO
The price is AU$237 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Downtown Denver, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 16th Street Mall ...
3.9/5Good! (616 reviews)
"The hotel was great – the rooms were larger than I expected and location was perfect if you were going to a ball game at Coors field… It was less than a mile walk to the stadium!"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Airport Tower Road
Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Airport Tower Road
3 out of 5
6951 N Yampa St, Denver, CO
The price is AU$229 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated in Denver, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Dick's Sporting Goods Park and Barr Lake State ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (407 reviews)
"Close to airport."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Airport Tower Road
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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