Top 5 reasons to visit Denver, Colorado! The Mile High City has a lot to offer, including great food, museums, and breathtaking nature!

Top 5 Reasons To Visit Denver

Top 5 reasons to visit Denver, Colorado! The Mile High City has a lot to offer, including great food, museums, and breathtaking nature!

Reasons To Visit Denver

Our first visit to Denver was in 2010 to visit some friends. Since then, we’ve visited again and even lived there for a few months. Colorado’s capital has a lot to offer and is also a great jump off point for some other nearby adventures. Here are our favorite things about Denver and why we think you should visit.

Denver Food

There’s a lot of great food in Denver. From classic American fare to Middle Eastern food, Denver has it all. We’ve had Greek burgers with gyro meat, feta, and tzatziki sauce. Amazing hummus? We’ve had it. We’ve also had to die for crepes. You name it, they’ve got it. Breakfasts in Denver are also a pretty big deal!

This Gyro Burger is one of the top reasons to visit Denver
Gyro Burger
Amazing hummus in Denver
Amazing hummus

Denver Museums

Another reason to visit Denver is its world class museums. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Art Museum are probably the city’s most popular museums. With permanent and rotating exhibits, everyone can find something that will peak their interest.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is one of the top reasons to visit Denver
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum

Denver Sports

Do you love sports? If you do, it’s another reason to visit Denver. With a football, baseball, basketball, and hockey team, sports fans will always be entertained.

We love sports, so we tried to go to as many different games as we could. And yes, we did root for Denver. Unless they were playing a Florida team. 😉

Tailgating in Denver
Tailgating in Denver
Hockey games are one of the top reasons to visit Denver
Hockey games are VERY popular in Denver

Denver Parks

For such a metropolitan city, Denver has a lot of green space. We’re suckers for greenery so it’s one of our favorite reasons to visit Denver. Visitors can enjoy over 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways around the city. Our favorite is City Park, considered Denver’s version of New York City’s Central Park.

City Park in Denver
City Park

Denver Nature

And last, but certainly not least, one of the best reasons to visit Denver is to enjoy the great outdoors. No matter where you are in Denver, you’re within a short driving distance to mountains, state parks, and plenty of other areas that nature lovers will love.

It’s a hikers paradise, especially because hikers of all skill levels can enjoy their surroundings. Even this city girl was able to climb to the top of two 14ers! You can always venture a little further out as well. We recommend a visit to Garden of the Gods. It’s about an hour and a half south of Denver and you can see really cool formations, including two kissing camels!

Pro Tip: Make sure to check out these 6 Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You in Denver

The great outdoors are one of the reasons to visit Denver
Our view from the top of a 14er
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods

Extra Reasons To Visit Denver

As if those top 5 reasons to visit Denver weren’t enough, we’ve got a few bonus reasons!

  • Denver street art is pretty awesome and a lot of it can been seen in the RiNo Art District.
  • Did you know Denver is The Christmas Capitol of the World? If you get a chance to visit Denver in the winter time, do it! It’s magical.
  • Just outside of Denver is one of our favorite animal sanctuaries. At Longhopes Donkey Shelter, you can tour the facility and spend time cuddling the cute donkeys that call the sanctuary home.
  • Dinosaur Ridge is in nearby Morrison and here you can see fossils and over 300 footprints left by various dinosaurs and one crocodile.
street art in Denver's RiNo Art District
RiNo Art District
Denver lit up for the holidays
Denver lit up for the holidays
Longhopes Donkey Shelter
Longhopes Donkey Shelter
Footprints at Dinosaur Ridge
Footprints at Dinosaur Ridge

Final Thoughts On Reasons To Visit Denver

So there you have our top reasons to visit Denver. We think the Mile High City is great and it’s become a second home for us. We hope that this post has inspired you to visit. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Have you visited Denver? Would you add anything to our list? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

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  1. Denver is amazing. I am returning in a few months. Looking forward to exploring more.

    1. Hi Erin! I’m not a beer drinker so I’ve actually never been to any of the many breweries that Denver has, but that is a great suggestion for others. Thank you!

  2. It’s amazing how many areas there are to get outside for a nice walk or hike in Denver! Such a beautiful area! I will definitely be back to the Mile High City soon!

    1. That’s awesome Kaylene! It really is beautiful, I hope you’re able to get back soon. 🙂

  3. Garden of the Gods is definitely on my travel list for October plus I score box seats to the Denver Broncos. Woohoo!!

  4. Denver is one of the US states I know from a sports perpective….not really sure why? Lots of great things to do here….looking forward to getting to see them some day.

    1. Haha! That’s understandable Kerri, they have a lot of great sports teams. I hope you’re able to visit one day!

  5. It’s been too long since I’ve visited and you have given me more incentive to visit soon with all those choices.

  6. When I think of Colorado, I think more of Aspen and not Denver. However, I sure would love to check out Garden of the Gods. Even the name alone intrigues me.

    1. The rock formations there are really incredible. I hope you’re able to visit it one day! 🙂

  7. Denver is a really nice city, and you can pair it with many of the wonderful outdoor activities that are near to the city. I prefer Denver in the Winter, though – crazy, perhaps, but it is incredibly beautiful.

    1. Haha! It is beautiful in the winter John, but very cold!

  8. Very informative. Denver looks so awesome thry your eyes.
    Would certainly like to exploreThe Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Art Museum for sure.

  9. You’re right about Denver! I love the food, museums, parks, touring the broncos stadium and taking in the scenery! I’ll definitely come back and do some of the nature stuff outside of the city.

  10. Love this list! Denver is one of my favorite cities and I love the easy access to nature.

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