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Denver must see attractions

1. Union Station

You can learn more about the history of Denver when you make a stop at a well-known site like Union Station. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this vibrant area.
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You can learn more about the history of Denver when you make a stop at a well-known site like Union Station. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this vibrant area.

2. Red Rocks Amphitheater

Everyone who’s anyone has played here, from opera singers and orchestras to The Beatles, U2, Neil Young, Coldplay and Jimi Hendrix. Musicians consider the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Denver, to be one of the best venues in the world to play at, with its magical, almost spiritual, atmosphere.
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This legendary rock concert venue boasts outstanding acoustics thanks to soaring rock walls that hug the stage.

3. Colorado Convention Center

Find out what's happening at Colorado Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Denver. Amble around this vibrant area's picturesque gardens or experience its great live music.
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Find out what's happening at Colorado Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Denver. Amble around this vibrant area's picturesque gardens or experience its great live music.

4. Denver Zoo

In 1896, a small black bear named Billy Bryan was given to the mayor of Denver and the Denver Zoo was born. Today it has more than 80 acres (32 hectares) of habitats and, with more than 1.6 million visitors a year, is one of the most popular zoos in the United States.
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This zoo started with a single bear. Now, it’s an award-winning tourist destination housing more than 3,500 animals.

5. Denver Botanic Gardens

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

6. Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum has had numerous homes since its beginnings as the Denver Artists’ Club in 1893. The current 350,000-square-foot (32,500-square-meter) museum in Denver’s Civic Center, located downtown, is an architectural landmark made up of two distinct buildings. The North Building, opened in 1971, has seven stories and is covered in more than 1 million shimmering grey tiles. It was designed by famous Italian architect Gio Ponti. The Frederic C. Hamilton wing, opened in 2006, connects to the North Building by a bridge. This section was designed to reflect the peaks and rock formations of the surrounding mountains. It was the joint creation of renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects. Libeskind also designed Berlin’s revered Jewish Museum, among other notable buildings.
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This eclectic museum is impressive not only for its vast collection of artwork but as an architectural masterpiece.

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