While the month of May will bring a number of individuals to Denver, CO for the festivities, the town has its own history which keeps people returning year round. As home to the nations 4th most walk-able downtown area, the city has something to offer everyone within a short stroll or shuttle ride. Below you will find a short list of “Must-See” locations while visiting. Travelers infiltrate the city from all over the nation taking in the breath-taking views of Denver and its surrounding panoramas.
The 25th Annual Cinco de May Celebration
As host to the largest 2-day Cinco De Mayo festival in the US, Denver will kick off its 25th annual celebration of the holiday on May 4 & 5 at the Civic Center Park. The event will include all facets of Mexican culture from arts, crafts, music, costumes, dancing, and of course a large variety of culinary delights.
Colorado State Capitol Building
The Capitol Building, an iconic portion of the Denver Skyline, is constructed of rose onyx from Beulah, Colorado. The building features a gold-plated dome which serves as a symbol of the gold rush which prompted the habitation of the state in the pioneering days. The 13th step on the Western side of the building represents the “Mile High” point of the Capitol, standing 5,280 feet above sea level. The city’s natives are honorary members of the “Mile High Club” . Unlike most capitols, the Colorado Capitol building offers free tours Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum not only contains art but is also art in itself. The building features two separate buildings which were designed by Architects Gio Ponti and Daniel Libeskind. Gio’s portion is fortress-like in structure, while Daniel’s resemble a titanium crystal. The Rocky Mountain Majesty, the Roath Collection, American Indian Art, and many other exhibitions can be viewed for free the first Saturday of each month.
Denver Convention Center – Home of “I See What You Mean”
Perhaps one of the most pictured art installments in Denver, “I See What You Mean” measures in at 40ft tall and is made of roughly 4,000 interlocking triangles composed of concrete and polymer. At a price of $425,000, creator Lawrence Argent created “Blue Bear” and embodied him to echo the wonderment that locals have when passing by the convention center when it is in full swing. “I See What You Mean” is inspired by the exchange of information, ideas, and ideologies which take place within the convention center’s walls.
LODO (Lower Downtown) Historic District
While many know about the over 160 microbreweries in Colorado, few know the burgeoning wine industry takes place on the Western slopes. Even fewer are aware of the “snap button western shirt” birth, invented at Rockmount Ranch Wear. The Lower Downtown Historic District, also known as LODO, contains local creations with over 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes.
The Coors Brewery continues to utilize the same rocky mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873 and formulated into the first Coors beer. Capturing the geographical beginnings with its “Taste the Rockies” slogan, the brand has continued to thrive. Vacationers from all over come to take part in the free self guided tours and tastings that the brewery offers. In a land of microbrews, Coors stands as a giant.
Red Rock Amphitheater
Red Rocks Amphitheater is an open air theater unlike any other in the world. The theater which is a geologically formed, transitional zone between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, is 6,450 ft above sea level and has hosted such greats as The Beatles and Sting. Surrounded by 868 acres of plants, birds, animals, and findings, the arena offers much more than acoustical perfection to patrons that attend events at this venue. Upcoming shows in May include: Chris Tomlin, Zac Brown Band, Vampire Weekend & Of Monsters and Men, and many others.
These are just a few of the areas that Denver, Colorado has to offer its visitors. Within a short one hour drive tourists can also visit Boulder, aptly voted “The Happiest City in America”. Those that are staying longer than a weekend, be sure to visit the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, voted Colorado’s #1 attraction.
For more information about tourism in Colorado visit: http://www.colorado.com/
For a list of potential itineraries while visiting Denver, Colorado visit: http://www.denver.org/what-to-do/itinerary
For more information about the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Denver visit: http://www.cincodemayodenver.com/about/
For more information about touring the Colorado State Capitol Building visit: http://www.colorado.gov/capitoltour
For more information about the Denver Art Museum, visit: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/
For more information about the Rocky Mountain Majesty Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, visit: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/rocky-mountain-majesty
For more information about the Roath Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, visit: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/roath-collection
For more information about the American Indian Art Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, visit: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/american-indian-art
For more information about the Denver Convention Center, visit: www.Denverconvention.com
For more information about LODO, visit: www.lodo.org
For more information about local winery’s and wine tasting locations in Denver, visit: http://www.denver.org/dining-nightlife/denver-wineries
For more information about local breweries and brewery tours in Denver, visit: http://www.denvermicrobrewtour.com/
For more information about Red Rock Amphitheater, visit: www.redrocksonline.com
For more information about Coors, visit: http://www.millercoors.com/who-we-are/locations.aspx
For the calendar of upcoming performances at Red Rock Amphitheater, visit: http://www.redrocksonline.com/Calendar.aspx
For more information on Boulder, Colorado, visit: www.bouldercoloradousa.com
For more information about the Rocky Mountain National Park, visit: www.nps.gov/romo