With 300 days of sunshine annually, a thriving cultural scene, and unique natural beauty, it’s no wonder Denver has become one of the country’s most popular destinations. There’s no end to what you can see, do, and experience here, but if you need to narrow down your list, take a few tips from the staff at AAHA HQ:
Enjoy a taste of New Orleans at this family-owned restaurant.
A modern Asian bistro with flare. Don’t miss the sweet onion and gruyere soup dumplings!
Forest Room 5
Tasty bites and an amazing outdoor courtyard, complete with fire pits and a flowing creek.
Don’t miss the Mini Hots (or Mini Devils, if you’re a regular)–sausage wrapped in homemade dough with a strip of green chili pepper–at this Italian staple that’s been in business for over 50 years.
A former mortuary (yes, really!) now serves up amazing food from around the world. Everything is portioned for sharing–perfect for a group outing! Reservations suggested.
Machete Tequila and Tacos
A fun atmosphere with some of the finest (and stiffest) hand-crafted margaritas in town and delicious street-inspired tacos.
Sam’s No. 3
Just steps from the Colorado Convention Center, this no-frills diner has been keeping Denver breakfast-goers happy for decades.
Who doesn’t love a great breakfast served up with a tasty mimosa or rich mocha latte?
Sweet Action Ice Cream
Some of the best ice cream in town, with a great selection of unique flavors.
This champagne bar doesn’t believe that bubbly should be reserved for special occasions.
Denver Beer Co.
Dog lovers, unite here for a cold brew on the patio. Choose from the constantly rotating craft beer list.
First Draft Taproom & Kitchen
Pull your own taps to sample beers (and wines!) from all over the state in Denver’s fun, fresh art district.
One of Denver’s hot spots, Herb’s is a musician-owned and managed venue with a passion for great live music.
Punch Bowl Social
Grab some snacks and a punch bowl, and sign up for table games or enjoy the vintage arcade. This place has it all under one fun roof.
The Cruise Room
Opened the day after Prohibition was repealed in 1933, The Cruise Room is a Denver institution. Modeled after a bar on the Queen Mary, this cocktail lounge is famous for its martinis.
Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours
See Denver in a log cabin-inspired bus outfitted with couches. Take a historic, brewery, or ghost tour with a quirky twist!
Colorado Rockies game
There’s nothing like an evening out at Coors Field, and tickets are usually cheap and plentiful. Stadium tours are also offered regularly.
Denver Art Museum
A short walk from the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Art Museum houses one of the largest and most diverse art collections in the country. The building’s unique architecture alone makes a visit worthwhile.
Denver Cat Company
Take a quick cab ride and spend some time with the residents of Denver’s first cat cafÃ©. Because cats.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
This museum envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.
A short drive from downtown (and AAHA headquarters!), tour Coors Brewery, then head into town for lunch and shopping.
Downtown Denver’s oldest and most historic block, Larimer Square has been exquisitely preserved, and is now home to independent shops and restaurants, along with a renowned comedy club.
Tattered Cover Book Store
One of the country’s few remaining independent bookstores, the Tattered Cover’s three locations (including one downtown) are a bibliophile’s dream!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
About a 45-minute drive from Denver, this is a must-see for animal lovers.
After undergoing a massive restoration, this beautiful transportation hub at the end of the 16th Street Mall is now home to fun shops, restaurants, and an ice creamery.
United States Mint at Denver
Learn how to make money! Denver is one of the two mint locations that offers free guided tours.
Need more options? Check out denver.org for upcoming events and more!