With so much to do in Denver, it's hard to choose where to start in the Mile High City. We have combed through the city to narrow it down to Denver's top ten tourist attractions. From the outdoor beauty of Red Rocks to the indoor grace of the Denver Art Museum, there is something for everyone in the Mile High City.
1. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
More than 250 million years in the making, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre features natural acoustics for outdoor concerts and spectacular views for hiking trails. Red Rocks Park is open daily from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. free of charge, except on concert days. Red Rocks is located 15 miles west of Denver in Morrison.
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4. Denver Zoo
The Denver Zoo covers 80 acres in City Park, and more than 1.6 million people visit each year. The zoo opened its doors in 1896 with the donation of an orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, the zoo houses almost 4,000 animals from across the world.
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Colorado's dry climate challenges gardeners across the state, but the Denver Botanic Gardens always provide inspiration. The gardens contain more than 32,000 types of plants, as well as xeriscape gardens that require little water.
6. 16th Street Mall
Take a stroll through Denver's 16th Street Mall, an outdoor shopping and dining center in the Mile High City. Dozens of restaurants and boutiques join chain stores such as Barnes & Noble and the Gap for a one-stop attraction. Lucky Strike bowling alley, United Artists movie theater and Coyote Ugly bar also provide nighttime entertainment.
7. State Capitol Building
Designed in the 19th century by architect Elijah E. Myers, the Colorado State Capitol Building echoes the classical lines of the nation's capitol. The capitol is exactly one mile high at 5,280 feet, lending Denver its nickname of the "Mile High City." Although the dome will remain closed due to repairs on the gold leaf through 2014, 45-minute tours of the rest of the building take place daily.
9. Washington Park
Washington Park, one of Denver's finest parks, is known as Wash Park for short. The park covers 165 acres, and features one of the most popular running trails in Denver. Two scenic lakes and the city's largest flower garden add to Wash Park's bucolic charm. The running and biking trails of Washington Park draw fitness enthusiasts from across the Mile High City.
Coors Field baseball stadium opened in 1995, adding a venue for baseball to the Mile High City. Home base for the Colorado Rockies, the stadium seats 50,455 fans. The Rockies, part of the National League, are one of the youngest teams in Major League Baseball. The Rockies made it to the World Series in 2007.