Denver Walking Tour is A Mile-High Pleasure

By: Robcarlton.
Colorado has always been known for its beautiful natural beauty. It's well worth exploring and perhaps the best place to start your exploration is its capital city of Denver.

Your adventure in Denver would begin at its international airport. It was impressive when it opened several years ago and is still one of the nation's best today. But who wants to spend all day at the airport when there is so much else to take in.

There are several ways to tour the city to get the feel of the place before you go any deeper. Half- and full-day bus tours are on hand that go by such sites as Larimer Square, a commercial district with beautiful Victorian homes, the lower downtown historic district (affectionately known as the LoDo) and state capitol building. Four Mile Historic Site is a wonderful tribute to the area's past. There is also the Molly Brown House, the former residence of Molly Brown, a Titanic survivor who was the subject of the rollicking musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".

For a breath of fresh air, you could do worse than take a walking tour of the Mile High City. Aim for the Civic Center with its fountains, flower garden and statues. There is also a Greek-style amphitheater. Additional cultural attractions include the Denver Art Museum, a beautiful spot that features 35,000 art works, including many examples of western and Native American art. The Colorado History Museum will give you an idea of the people who helped the state become what it is today. On your walk, be sure to look for the D&F Tower, designed as a replica of the campanile of St. Marc's Cathedral in Venice, Italy.

Other beautiful landmarks include the Brown Palace Hotel with its nine-floor atrium in the lobby and a ceiling made of Tiffany stained glass. There are several restaurants in the building, giving you a chance to relax and enjoy the ambiance of such an elegant place. If you prefer, you can venture elsewhere to the Coors Brewery - (Samples anyone?)

Another popular site is the Denver building of the U.S. Mint. (No, they do not give out free samples!). It offers a fascinating look at how money is made and stored. Walking Tour

Your trip to Colorado will not be complete unless you see mountains. Luckily the Mile High City is nestled within them. There are many opportunities to get a taste for the Old West too: Buffalo Bill's grave is nearby at Lookout Mountain. If you have the time go to one of the many ski resort towns close by. Even in summer, there's always plenty to see and do. Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge and Durango all offer their own experiences.

Denver can be the start of a memorable trip to Colorado. Go soon for your "Rocky Mountain High." Consult the Denver Tourism Office for more information.
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