“The heart” of Denver is the never-sleeping Capitol Hill neighborhood, through which the city’s main arteries – Broadway, Downing Street, Colfax Avenue and Sixt Avenue – run. Adjacent to this neighborhood is LoDo (the lower central part of Colorado’s capital, which is called Lower Downtown, shortened by residents to a digestible version of “LoDo”). It is bounded by the popular Larimer Square and Union Station in the evening and is famous for its many historic buildings, as well as the most popular restaurants, nightclubs, and, of course, attractions in Denver.
The city’s most important landmark is the late 19th century Colorado State Capitol, a massive white granite building topped with a golden 55-foot dome. The address is 200 E Colfax Ave; they offer free guided tours, but it’s more important to take a photo in front of the “One Mile Above Sea Level” sign. Then you can head to the LoDo and simply enjoy a stroll through the neighborhood, stopping by a museum along the way. For example, the Molly Brown House Museum (1340 Pennsylvania St., $5-8 USD). “The “unsinkable” Lady Molly Brown, one of the few surviving passengers of the Titanic, lived in a large Denver mansion in the 1880s. Today you can see not only the original furniture of the period, but also a host of charming antique knick-knacks on a 45-minute tour.
Another swanky mansion worthy of a visit is the Colorado Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion. Both the history of the mansion, full of noble names of aristocratic Colorado residents, and the interiors of the building are noteworthy. Free tours of the residence are offered every Tuesday from June through August, and one week in December.
Finally, complete your introduction to Denver’s powerful world at the Brown Palace Hotel (321 17th Street, tour every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m., $10 USD, free to guests). This legendary triangular-shaped hotel, built in 1892 in the heart of the city, hosted Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and even the defeated Beatles. They all left their autographs in the hotel guest book. At the end of the tour awaits afternoon tea, a long-standing Brown Palace tradition that is not forgotten for a single day. Anyone can join in.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg of attractions in charming Denver, because the magnificent museum collections of the Colorado capital, such as the Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History, also deserve special mention. And the Denver Zoo is the 4th most popular zoo in the United States, which means a lot! And the amazingly picturesque Botanical Gardens, and the museum with the tomb of the great Buffalo Bill, and Eldorado Canyon, and of course Rocky Mountain National Park – the “jewel” not only of the state, but of the whole country, which is only 1.5 hours drive from the city.