5 Must-See Denver Landmarks
Planning a trip to Denver soon? Lucky you! Denver is chock-full of things to do, both indoors and out. The beautiful weather and interesting landscape are enough on their own to attract tourists, but the booming art and music scenes don’t hurt either. Denver’s one of those lucky cities with so many neighborhoods, restaurants, and parks to explore that most people find they don’t have enough time to do it all! But, if you’re at a loss for where to start, these 5 landmarks are a few of my favorite go-to places.
Jump straight into this city’s most popular area where you’ll be greeted by restaurants, boutique shopping, and cafes galore! Larimer Square is Denver’s oldest block, a historic center with gorgeous 19th-century buildings all around, and it boasts a lively atmosphere year-round.
Big Blue Bear at Denver Convention Center
Designed by the talented Lawrence Argent, the Big Blue Bear — formally titled I See What You Mean — is a friendly and beloved resident of Colorado, innocently peering into the 3rd floor of the Convention Center. The late Lawrence Argent is known around the world, especially for his artistic creations of Chengdu, China’s I Am Here panda sculpture; Sacramento Airport’s Leap bunny sculpture; and San Francisco’s impressive Venus sculpture (which is almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty!).
Colorado State Capitol Building
Another historic Denver site! The State Capitol Building is a sight to be seen – especially inside! The interior is rumored to be made up of Colorado’s entire supply of a rare rose marble called Colorado Rose Onyx. The spectacular marble along with glass-stained windows, and a copper paneled dome make for a must-see experience! Stop by for a tour and experience the wondrous 19th-century architecture — groups less than 10 don’t need reservations!
Boasting a mix of “pioneer spirit” and modern charm, Union Station is a super trendy spot to wine, dine, and even stay at! During the warmest months (June 4 – October 22), tourists and locals alike enjoy the fresh produce and pastries at the Union Station Farmer’s Market. Also, another great attraction is the Urban Beekeeping program, which is located on the roof!
Denver Sculpture Park
If the weather permits, I definitely recommend strolling through Denver’s Sculpture Park! Home to two 50-foot-tall sculptures named The Dancers, this is a great place to come and admire the gorgeous scenery as well as some of our most iconic public art pieces! Located in the midst of the Denver Theatre District, this park is often hustling and bustling with people due to a large number of festivals and public events being hosted here.
Hope these 5 landmarks make it on your Denver to-do list, but above all.
I wish you a wonderful time in the Mile High City!