Unique Experiences Await You in Denver
A guest blog article by Catherine Workman
The Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado is brimming with things to do, places to eat and drink, and amazing sights to see. As a gateway city to the Rockies, Denver offers all of this amazing culture with one of the most picturesque backdrops imaginable.
Everyone knows about Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver’s world-famous concert venue. They know about Coors beer and the famous stadium homes of the Broncos and the Rockies. Denver’s zoo is one of the best in the country and the famous Denver Mint is one of the most popular tours around. But Denver has a lot to offer outside of the beaten path. If you’re planning a trip out west, here are some only-in-Denver sights and experiences that you just can’t miss.
1.) Denver Botanic Gardens
For an unparalleled look into the flora of the Rocky Mountain region, a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens has to be on your list. The main garden, which is nestled in Downtown Denver, features over 15,000 plant species – 700 of which are native to the state of Colorado. The gardens feature a herbaria, which documents “vascular plant and fungal biodiversity and species distribution in Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountain Region,” and a living collection featuring plants from multiple environments like alpine, amenity, aquatic, native, steppe, tropical, cactus, and succulents. It’s a true Denver experience and one you shouldn’t pass up.
2.) The Molly Brown House
You remember Kathy Bates in Titanic, right? Well only in Denver will you find the home, now converted into a museum, of the bold woman she played in the iconic film. The Molly Brown House was home to famous socialite Margaret Brown, better known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The once-home of the activist who famously survived the sinking of the Titanic has a storied history, including being used as a boarding home during the Great Depression and falling into disrepair. The house, originally built in the 1880s, was restored in the 1970s. The beautiful home is free to visitors.
3.) The Mount Evans Experience
If you’re looking for a real “mile-high” adventure and are not afraid of heights – or windy roads for that matter – taking a trip up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is an absolute must. It’s about a 60 mile drive outside of Denver, but the experience is so quintessentially Denver. The Byway is the highest paved road in the entire continent, and the trip up its twists and turns is a truly amazing experience.
“A day trip to the top is a journey that snakes and climbs through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, from the high plains of Denver through five climate zones to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans – one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous ‘fourteeners.’”
On the way up you’ll have the chance to make a few pit stops at worthwhile locations like Echo Lake and Summit Lake – both of which offer top-notch hiking trails and incredible views. You might even spot some famous Rocky Mountain goats while you’re there.
4.) Forney Museum of Transportation
One of the country’s coolest little museums is nestled in Denver. The Forney Museum of Transportation features a wonderful collection of pieces from transportation history – from a late 1800s Denver cable car to Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel “Gold Bug.” Admission isn’t free, but it’s very affordable.
There’s a lot to do in Denver. It’s a unique city with a spirit all of its own. Sure, take in the zoo and Coors Field – but also consider taking the time to get off the path a little bit and enjoy some nature and history that’s purely Denver.
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