When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Denver boasts an average of more than 300 days of sunshine and blue skies per year, which makes it a safe bet when it comes to the weather!
Even though Denver has two downtowns, you're never far from nature. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the city proudly represents the Old West.
COLORADO STATE CAPITOL
The Colorado Sate Capitol resembles the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Why not start your visit to Denver by climbing the 93 steps up to the dome for a commanding view of the city? If you would like to learn more about the building, its heritage and the work of the Assembly, free guided tours are offered every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Arrive at least 20 minutes in advance, as the tours fill up quickly.
Open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays).
UNITED STATES MINT
There are 4 United States Mints, but this one produces half of the coins in circulation in the U.S.
The Denver Mint offers six free 45-minute guided tours every day (8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) where you can learn about the history of the U.S. Mint and how coins are produced. Arrive early to be sure of getting a ticket. Tickets are available at the Tour Information window located at the Gift Shop entrance gate on Cherokee Street.
Open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on federal holidays.
A major theme for this aquarium is the aquatic life of American rivers. Tropical ecosystems are also represented. It's a great activity for the whole family.
Open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Sam's No.3 ($)
Sam's No. 3 prides itself on being "Denver's Best Diner", and it is wildly popular with the locals. They serve an incredible variety of breakfasts and many options for lunch and dinner including chili, soups, salads, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, fish, Mexican specialties and other typical fare.
Open Monday-Wednesday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Osteria Marco ($$-$$$)
This restaurant of Chef Frank Bonanno joyfully pays homage to handcrafted thin-crust pizza, cured meats imported directly from Italy, and homemade cheeses such as the unforgettable burrata. They also serve antipasti, salads, paninis and entrées such as rabbit with herb and goat cheese gnocchi and rosemary chicken with polenta, broccolini and tomato sauce. A delight!
Open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cholon Modern Asian Bistro ($$$)
Cholon is a fantastic Asian fusion restaurant. Chef Lon Symensma creates creative, memorable, beautiful dishes.
Open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every evening from 5 p.m. to closing.
Where to sleep ?
- Very Favourable