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Denver Botanic Gardens

Designed as an urban oasis, you’ll find a peaceful respite among the hustle and bustle of the Mile High City.

Though originally built in the downtown City Park, Denver Botanic Gardens have expanded and are now located at three sites: the central York Street garden, a farm along the banks of Deer Creek at Chatfield in southern Jefferson County, and the Mount Goliath nature reserve on Mount Evans, 60 miles (100 kilometers) from downtown Denver.

The York Street site provides the perfect opportunity to get out of the city without having to travel anywhere. Stroll through a diverse array of natural gardens and modern landscapes. There are 42 individual gardens in all, including the Japanese Garden, the South African Plaza and the Woodland Mosaic. There are indoor gardens for the colder months and two cafés: Offshoots at the Gardens, open year round, and The Hive Garden Bistro, open during spring and summer.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a working farm, about a 30-minute drive from central Denver. You’ll find 2.5 miles (four kilometers) of beautiful trails for walking and bird watching. Visit the historic Hildebrand Ranch, with its restored dairy barn and silo, and the 1874 Deer Creek Schoolhouse. A children’s play area with a tree house and small climbing wall will keep the young ones busy while you sit back and enjoy the surroundings.

For a half-day adventure, drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Denver to the alpine trail at Mount Goliath. Flora enthusiasts and novices alike will marvel at plants only found for 40 days a year, during summer, including alpine forget-me-nots, chiming bells, moss campion and fairy primrose. Take in the incredible vistas from within the Arapaho National Forest. If you are visiting between June and August, join an organized wildflower hike led by knowledgeable volunteer guides. Check the official website for details.

Each of the locations has a small entry fee, which includes parking. There are classes and events offered at the Chatfield and York Street gardens, for children and adults.


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Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown ¥9,097
Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown

Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown

1150 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cheesman Park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ogden Theater and Fillmore Auditorium. Molly Brown House Museum and Colorado State Capitol Building are also within 1 mi (2 km). 25th - Welton Station is 21 minutes by foot and 20th - Welton Station is 22 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center ¥16,108
    Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

    Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

    650 15th St., Denver, CO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Denver, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. United States Mint and 16th Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station and 16th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      MOXY by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek ¥15,460
      MOXY by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

      MOXY by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

      240 Josephine Street, Denver, CO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cherry Creek, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Congress Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Molly Brown House Museum and Colorado State Capitol Building are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel ¥12,022
        Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

        Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

        1550 Court Place, Denver, CO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, United States Mint, and Colorado State Capitol Building. Denver Art Museum and Colorado Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 5 minutes by foot and 16th - Stout Station is 7 minutes.

          Halcyon - a hotel in Cherry Creek ¥26,557
          Halcyon - a hotel in Cherry Creek

          Halcyon - a hotel in Cherry Creek

          245 North Columbine Street, Denver, CO
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cherry Creek, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Denver Botanic Gardens. Washington Park and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            The Adagio Bed and Breakfast ¥20,869
            The Adagio Bed and Breakfast

            The Adagio Bed and Breakfast

            1430 Race Street, Denver, CO
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cheesman Park, this boutique bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cheesman Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Ogden Theater. Molly Brown House Museum and Fillmore Auditorium are also within 1 mi (2 km). 25th - Welton Station is 29 minutes by foot and 20th - Welton Station is 30 minutes.

              Nature Lover's Paradise in Heart of Congress Park ¥15,102
              Nature Lover's Paradise in Heart of Congress Park

              Nature Lover's Paradise in Heart of Congress Park

              2526 East 12th Avenue, Denver, CO
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Congress Park, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Congress Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, and National Jewish Health. Molly Brown House Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Warwick Denver ¥15,676
                Warwick Denver

                Warwick Denver

                1776 Grant Street, Denver, CO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Uptown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wells Fargo Center, Colorado State Capitol Building, and Paramount Theater. Molly Brown House Museum and United States Mint are also within 15 minutes. 20th - Welton Station is 8 minutes by foot and 18th - California Station is 8 minutes.