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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 ¥8,352
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. Denver Art Museum and United States Mint are also within 1 mi (2 km). 25th - Welton Station is 21 minutes by foot and 20th - Welton Station is 22 minutes.

    Hyatt Place Denver Downtown ¥11,215
    Hyatt Place Denver Downtown

    Hyatt Place Denver Downtown

    440 14th St, Denver, CO
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center, United States Mint, and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Buell Theatre are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 6 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 7 minutes.

      The Adagio Bed and Breakfast ¥21,946
      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. Denver Art Museum and Denver Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). 25th - Welton Station is 29 minutes by foot and 20th - Welton Station is 30 minutes.

        Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center ¥14,226
        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. 16th Street Mall and Buell Theatre are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station and 16th - Stout Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Halcyon - a hotel in Cherry Creek ¥21,173
          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).

            Nature Lover's Paradise in Heart of Congress Park
            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. Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Denver Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              The Holiday Chalet ¥7,430
              The Holiday Chalet

              The Holiday Chalet

              1820 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cheesman Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheesman Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Congress Park. City Park is 1.2 mi (2 km) away. 25th - Welton Station is 26 minutes by foot and 20th - Welton Station is 27 minutes.

                Warwick Denver ¥10,532
                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 and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Colorado Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. 20th - Welton Station is 8 minutes by foot and 18th - California Station is 8 minutes.