A day isn’t much time in the Mile High City – a car is a must. You want to pack in as much nature and culture as you can. 

1. You’re high the moment you get off your plane – 5,280 feet high.

1. You’re high the moment you get off your plane - 5,280 feet high.

Denver is literally a mile high, at 5,280 feet above sea level. You’ll get a stunning view of the nearby peaks as you cruise in from the airport. Keep your eye out for the infamous Blue Mustang statue.

2. You can get your culture on in the Golden Triangle.

2. You can get your culture on in the Golden Triangle.

It’s not just the wild west out here. A walk through the Golden Triangle, a buzzing neighborhood full of cafes and museums, including the renowned Denver Art Museum. Pitstop on the way at the Denver Biscuit Company , where you’ll find biscuits in every possible variation.

3. Plant yourself at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

3. Plant yourself at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Denver Botanic Gardens offer a lovely, 23-acre respite in the middle of the city. Don’t miss the Japanese Garden, a quiet marvel tucked away near the back.

4. Shop, eat and stroll along the 16th Street Mall.

4. Shop, eat and stroll along the 16th Street Mall.

Pack your bags and your belly with the best local shops and restaurants. It’s a great stop for lunch as you wind your way through the downtown core. Whiskey lovers may want to soak up some of the area’s boozy history.nPhoto: Stilfehler at wikivoyage, via Wikimedia Commons

5. Scream your way down the Twister II.

5.  Scream your way down the Twister II.

The original Mr Twister was decommissioned when Elitch Gardens moved in 1995, but you’ll still get a thrill from this retro-inspired wooden rollercoaster. n

6. Wind down and watch the sunset in the middle of nature.

6. Wind down and watch the sunset in the middle of nature.

A short drive from Denver, you’ll find the breathtaking spires of the Garden Of The Gods. If you’re not interested in what the city has to offer, make a day of it with a trip to nearby Pike’s Peak.

7. Spend the night with the Spice Girls.

7.  Spend the night with the Spice Girls.

Or the Ghostbusters. Or Star Trek. Every room at The Curtis in downtown Denver has a theme. Just pick one and enjoy – the uniqueness is all part of the charm.

 

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