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1. Colorado State Capitol
Stand exactly 5280 feet above sea level (1 mile high!) on the west steps, then climb to the rotunda for a panorama of snowcapped peaks. It?s against state law to block the view of the 200 named mountains visible from the dome. Free tours on weekdays.
2. Denver Art Museum
There are 2 buildings ? one a fortress-like structure from Italian architect Gio Ponti, the other, a structure that resembles a titanium crystal with peaks and shards designed by Daniel Libeskind. Inside, find the world's greatest collection of Native American art and 68,000 other art objects, including works from European masters, and Old West classics.
3. US Mint
Learn how to make money! The Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little ?D? for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
4. 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
Lined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long pedestrian promenade has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver's best people watching. I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus ? they're free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall.
5. Larimer Square
This trendy block of Victorian buildings is home to chic shopping, dance clubs, a comedy club, outdoor cafes and a dozen of Denver's best restaurants. For 40 years in downtown Denver, it's hip to be at the "Square."
6. LoDo Historic District
Denver's historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes. Stop by Rockmount Ranchwear for a snap button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse from 6:30AM to 9PM at the Tattered Cover Bookstore; listen to jazz at El Chapultepec, one of Esquire Magazine?s 50 best bars.
7. Confluence Park
Denver was founded here as a gold mining camp in 1858. Today, the river park is the heart of Denver's 850-mile bike trail network, and is surrounded by attractions. Gear up for the mountains at the REI Flagship store; ride the Platte River Trolley to the Downtown Aquarium to see stingrays and sharks; eat and drink in the nearby neighborhoods of Riverfront, LoHi, and Highlands.
8. Elitch Gardens Amusement Park
Open from May through October, Elitch Gardens offers affordable family fun and entertainment with 2 parks in 1: a family theme park with thrilling roller coasters suitable for all ages, and the Island Kingdom Water Park, a refreshing aquatic wonderland.
9. Denver Performing Arts Complex
This 4-block, 12-acre site hosts Broadway blockbusters, Tony Award-winning theatre, ballet, opera, and symphony. See a show or take a tour. Ninety-minute guided tours take visitors to dressing rooms, rehearsal studios, and costume departments.
10. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
One of the Mile High City?s newest museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is housed in a sleek, eco-friendly building designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye. With 5 galleries that rotate cutting-edge pieces by some of the world?s most creative minds, each visit to the Museum is guaranteed to be a new, eye-opening experience.