Known as the “Mile High City”, the city of Denver sits at one mile above sea level and at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, giving way to breathtaking views.
With over 300 days of sunshine, Denver is a vibrant city with countless things to see and do. Ranging from its downtown must-sees to the many famous landmarks surrounding the city, here are just a few of the top things to do during a visit to Denver for the 2019 iSigma Annual Conference.
In the Downtown Area
Colorado State Capitol
Crowned with a dome made with more than 200 ounces of real gold, the Colorado State Capitol is modeled after the US National Capitol. Leading up to the building, the 13th step marks exactly one mile above sea level—giving Denver its famous nickname as the Mile High City. On the inside the State Capitol building is also open to the public with free tours available every hour.
Originally built in 1868, the newly-renovated Union Station maintains its antique beauty while offering a wide range of things to see and do.
Including chef-owned restaurants and dining, entertainment, shopping, and even hotel rooms for those seeking a more exotic stay in Denver, Union Station caters to all tastes.
Denver Brews Cruise
With Denver sometimes referred to as “Beer’s Napa Valley”, the Denver Brews Cruise lets you tour some of Denver’s most popular breweries.
Visiting some of the top downtown craft breweries among the other 80+ breweries within Denver’s city limits alone, you’re able to taste a range of beer samples, get guided tours through working breweries, and do it all while being driven from place to place.
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour
If beer isn’t your taste, a free tour of Stranahan’s whiskey distillery might be a suitable alternative. Get guided through the specifics of the process including the making, distilling, and aging of whiskey before finishing things off with free tasting.
Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Get a behind the scenes look at the state-the-art stadium for the 3-time Super Bowl winning champions Denver Broncos during a tour of Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Make stops at the executive suites, team locker room facilities, thunder stalls, keg room, and the team field entrance tunnel while tour guides from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and Museum lead you through Broncos history.
Owned by the famous former Bronco John Elway, Elway’s Steakhouse offers a high-class dining experience to cap off a visit to Mile High Stadium or any of Denver’s other things to see and do. A perfect place for cocktails and boasting a wide menu ranging from steaks to seafood, Elway’s caters to everyone beyond just football fans.
The Denver Art Museum & Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Denver’s art museums span artwork of all ages, with a famous collection of Native American art to explore in the Denver Art Museum as well as a forum for innovative modern art of our time at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Art Museum is housed in the Frederic C. Hamilton building—designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind—while the MCA is built in an environmentally sustainable facility designed by David Adjaye.
The Molly Brown House Museum
The original home of the woman who became famously known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” for her surviving the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, the Molly Brown House Museum was built in dedication to her. During a visit you can learn more about her life, her work as a socialite and activist, and the influence she had both before and after the Titanic’s sinking.
Outside the City
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
While it’s most well known for music and its designation by Rolling Stone as America’s best amphitheater, Red Rocks has plenty to offer beyond being a pinnacle for concertgoers.
Designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service & Department of the Interior, hiking trails to take in the scene surround the sandstone rocks, while farther down the hill you can also find Colorado’s Music Hall of Fame and learn more about some of Red Rock’s top past performances.
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
Take a step back into Colorado and the wild west during a visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Memorabilia and exhibits about Buffalo Bill and his life give you the opportunity to look in on things from Colorado’s history in the old west ranging from the original Wild West shows to Native American artifacts and antique firearms.
The Coors Brewery Tour
Beyond Colorado’s hundreds of craft breweries, the famous Coors Brewery experience lets you take a self-paced tour through the malting, brewing, and packaging process for the original banquet beer.
Round out the trip with a sampling of various Coors products before visiting the rest of the historic town of Golden, Colorado.
The Buffalo Herd Outlook & Colorado Sculptured House
Just west of Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill’s Grave, Denver maintains a herd of buffalo in a natural setting. Direct descendants of America’s last wild buffalo herd, a stop at the scenic outlook offers unique photo opportunities.
On the way back to Denver, the famous and futuristic Deaton Sculptured House—also known as the “Sleeper House” for its prominent role in the 1973 Woody Allen film Sleeper, or the “Jetson House” for its appearance—can be seen on the south side of I-70.
The Stanley Hotel & Rocky Mountain National Park
Known famously for its role in Stephen King’s, “The Shining”, the Stanley Hotel is nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.
Found in the resort town of Estes Park, take the Stanley Hotel Tour and visit Jack Nicholson’s regular haunts like the Stanley’s bar—by day or night for those brave enough to take the night ghost tour. On the way back be sure to take in and stop for a look at some of the views Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer—you might just see one of the park’s many elk herds.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Boasting a collection of over 50 aircraft as well as the most realistic flight simulators in Colorado, Wings Over the Rockies is fittingly housed in a circa 1930s hangar at the former Lowry Air Force Base near Centennial, Colorado.
View iconic aircraft, learn more about the Lowry AFB’s past operations from 1938 all the way up to 1994, and for sci-fi fans even see a real-life model of the iconic X-Wing Starfighter signed by numerous Star Wars cast members.
United States Air Force Academy
South of Wings Over the Rockies, the United States Air Force Academy trains thousands of cadets on their campus near Colorado Springs.
Take an inside look on life in the Air Force with a stop at the academy visitor center, where you can view a range of exhibits and displays featuring Academy history and visit their on-campus theater to see a 20-minute movie on Air Force history and cadet life.
Black Hawk: Casinos, Dining, and Hotels
For those who enjoy a hand or two of cards or those just looking for fine dining, the city of Black Hawk offers it all.
Besides its past as a historic 19th century gold-mining settlement, Colorado’s own “Sin City” today features a range of modern casinos and restaurants including the Ameristar, Isle of Capri, and Riviera. If you plan to have a drink or two, Black Hawk casino buses also run back and forth from Denver regularly.
While most well-known as a premier ski location with over 200 different runs, the city of Vail is more than a one-trick pony.
When snow melts, the Vail Golf Club runs through the Vail Valley at the base of the Continental Divide, while for those preferring the backcountry experience the city is surrounded with hiking and mountain biking trails.
The city where gold was first found in Colorado, the modern city of Idaho Springs provides plenty of things to do. Tour former gold mines like the Phoenix Gold Mine where the Phoenix Vein was first discovered in 1871, or instead make a stop at one of Colorado’s many local micro-breweries like the Tommyknockers Brewery.
For a more relaxing visit, instead take a trip to Idaho Springs’ famous Indian Hot Springs that were considered to have healing properties by the Native Americans who first frequented them. Either way though, before leaving Idaho Springs don’t forget to stop for lunch or dinner at the original Beau Jo’s Pizza location, home of the famous “Colorado style pizza”.
Don’t Forget to Visit Shred Nations
When you’re done with touring of all the the sunny state of Colorado has to offer, be sure not to forget to give Shred Nations a visit at our booth during the 2019 iSigma Annual Conference.
Located in booths #306 and #307, come discover new opportunities with Shred Nations, meet our team, learn about our scholarships, and most importantly get a T-shirt and a chance to win smart prizes including iPads, Google Homes, and more.