When most people think of Denver, they think of snow, skiing, and the Rocky Mountains, yet summer in Denver offers just as many attractions for visitors to its bustling downtown. With lots of culture, top notch shopping, natural wonders, sports, and some of the country’s best dining, it’s the ideal place for visitors of all ages. Before summer ends, rent a van in Denver and take explore these unforgettable Denver sites to see!
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
At the top of the list of Denver’s sites to see is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Ten miles west of the city is the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, a natural rock formation that features a performance space where some of the world’s best performers come to play. Rent a van in Denver and watch Flogging Molly, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts perform at this stunning venue.
360-degree views of the natural surroundings and a stage nestled into the red crags and canyons make this venue a mixture of the modern and the exotic, but if you think this Denver site is just another stage, think again. 868 acres of deer, dinosaur fossils, pines, prairie, geological wonders, and spectacular vistas surround you at 6,450 feet above sea level. A unique transitional zone between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, you can explore the diverse environment and witness the plants, birds, and animals inherent to both regions.
Larimer Square is one of Denver’s premier shopping and dining districts and one neighborhood that should definitely be on your list of Denver sites to see. The square is full of history, as it is where Denver was founded in 1858. First as a gold mining town and then later a supply hub to surrounding mines, rent a van in Denver and discover what this historic neighborhood has to offer.
Constantly scheduled with a list of special events, eclectic shopping, and some of Denver’s best restaurants, attend Denver’s Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival and Peachy Sidewalk Sale, where shoppers eat complementary Colorado-grown peaches as they browse various handmade crafts.
If exploring a lush, natural area is the reason you wanted to visit Denver, Washington Park is the place to visit. It offers 155 acres of lush recreation area with two lakes and two flower gardens, one of which is a replica of George Washington’s private flower garden. A paddleboat rental facility, as well as volleyball nets, baseball diamonds, two playgrounds, ten tennis courts, and a 2.6-mile jogging path, complete this idyllic scene. A hidden gem, this park is one of the best downtown Denver sites to see.
16th St Mall
The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian shopping area that stretches 1.ī25 miles. It features locally owned boutiques and shops, over 50 restaurants, and 12 movie theaters. Designed by world-famous architect I.M. Pei, the promenade is made of red, white, and gray granite in a pattern that resembles the skin of a diamondback rattlesnake when viewed from above.
Rent a van in Denver, and after parking, walk the pedestrian path through the mall and over the three bridges connecting the neighborhoods of downtown Denver, Commons Park, and LoHi.
Housing 80 acres of land, you’ll definitely need to rent a van in Denver to explore the entire facility. While it was merely a small facility in 1918 where visitors could view the small selection of animals, today the Denver Zoo has a number of world-class animal exhibits including elephants, predators, giraffes, birds, bears, cats, gorillas and so much more. This zoo also has exciting additional adventures, like overnight camping on the grounds and personal sessions with the animals, giving everyone the opportunity to feed a hippo or help train an elephant. With a selection of activities for people of all ages, this Denver site is a must-see
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
About 30 miles west of Denver is the Mount Evans Wilderness Area, a region within the Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest. The wilderness area is named after the hulking mountain in its background, Mount Evans.
You can rent a van in Denver and drive from Idaho Spring, off of Route 70, at 8,700 feet above sea level to 14,240 feet at the summit. As you drive by, expect to see several animal sightings in the wilderness area, including mountain goats and bighorn sheep.
The scenic byway boasts stocked lakes for fishing, hiking and picnic areas, as well as hikes with difficulty depending on your location. Visit ancient trees that are over 1600 years old in the Mount Goliath Natural area or overlook the stunning lakes at the Chicago Basin. The High Alpine Lake Summit lake is the only known area of permafrost located in the US outside of Alaska.
Denver Botanical Gardens
Not only are the Denver Botanical Gardens extraordinarily beautiful, they also offers lots of fun things to do in the summer. Events include a summer concert series among the flowers, botanically inspired art exhibits and evenings al fresco, June through August.
The botanic gardens also have an extensive conservation and research program which plays a major role in preserving endangered species and protecting natural habitats. Visit this Denver attraction to support the gardens’ efforts and enjoy a relaxing day among the flowers.
Located in downtown Denver, Coors Field is home to the Colorado Rockies. With a stadium capacity of over 50,000, the field is a massive tribute to baseball, located two miles from the Lower Downtown Denver area.
When ground first broke for construction, workers discovered several dinosaur fossils, almost affecting christening the field “Jurassic Park.” Instead, they pay tribute to these fossil discoveries with a triceratops named Dinger as the Colorado Rockies mascot.
Since Coors Field is about one mile above sea level, it experiences lower air density and the park gives up the most home runs, triple, and double plays in the history of baseball. In order to compensate for this lower air density, the stadium designers created the largest outfield in Major League Baseball today. Rent a van in Denver to explore the downtown area and stop by this historic location.
Explore Colorado’s Denver
There is so much to do and so many sites to see in Denver in the summertime. From eclectic shopping and dining, to natural wonders and an exciting music scene, Denver has something for everyone. Rent a van in Denver from Airport Van Rental this summer and discover the wonder of Colorado’s Denver. Travel in style and comfort and don’t miss a single thing offered by this one-of-a-kind, mile-high city.
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