At the foot of the picturesque Colorado Rocky Mountains, the old west meets a thriving modern culture in Denver. From museums to restaurants, Denver offers a variety of unique activities visitors can explore.
If you ever wanted to relive the late 1960’s (or experience them for the first time), this is the place to visit. The 1968 exhibit located within the History Colorado Museum showcases this pivotal year in American history though vintage pop culture artifacts and interactive exhibits. Several history centers from around the country collaborated on this project to create a museum that displays American history events from the year that changed history. From Vietnam to the Apollo 8 mission and assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the entire year is captured as part of the 1968 experience. Admission is free.
Denver’s original fashion pioneer, Papa Jack Weil, opened the first Rockmount Ranch Wear shop back in 1946. Now operated by Weil’s third generation descendants, the flagship store located at 1626 Wazee Street features a museum along with an impressive selection of western-style shirts, hats and accessories. Papa Jack Weil is credited with inventing the western snap-button shirt sold to rock stars such as Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen.
The Brown Palace Hotel Spa opened its doors in August 1892. And while there are many great hotels in Denver, this historic gem remains one of the finer properties in the downtown area. Discerning travelers looking to experience a piece of Colorado history will appreciate the hotel’s accommodations and resort amenities, including six different dining venues and a full-service spa and salon.
Hammonds Candy Factory has been making candy in Denver since 1920. During its free tours every 30 minutes, the factory doles out lots of free samples and allows visitors to watch as candy is made the old fashioned way: in small batches by hand. Hammonds has won several confectioners awards for innovations made to their gourmet chocolate bars.
Located just minutes away from downtown Denver, the 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 330 species of wildlife. The refuge features a visitor center offering nature programs and guided tours along more than 10 miles of trails. Once a toxic military weapons manufacturing site, the refuge was cleaned up in the 1990’s, illustrating to visitors how an ecological site can be transformed and restored. Bison, birds, deer and many other animals unique to Colorado now call the refuge home.
Denver’s average of 300 days of sunshine a year provides the perfect backdrop for experiencing the lesser-known attractions the city has to offer.