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Denver has seen explosive growth in dining options, with new collaborative food halls, chef-driven restaurants, breweries and hyper-local fine dining springing up in a series of neighborhoods. The Mile High City has long been at the forefront of the U.S. culinary scene – and in the past decade, it has become an award-winning culinary destination with nationally renowned hotspots, and unique and innovative concepts. Denver is now home to three James Beard Award winners, one of the most prestigious culinary honors in the U.S., and many more nominees. Additionally, Michelin recognized 26 Denver restaurants in their inaugural and highly anticipated Colorado-based Guide.

The most important part of Denver’s culinary identity is its deep roots in hyper-local cuisine. For years, Mile High City chefs have been working directly with local farms, utilizing Colorado’s bountiful harvest of fresh produce, artisanal cheeses and organically raised meats to create dishes that are eco-friendly, innovative and – most importantly – delicious. In Denver, local has always been better. Explore Denver’s dining scene.

In the past decade, Denver has become an award-winning culinary destination with nationally renowned hotspots, and unique and innovative concepts. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver

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Holly Arnold Kinney literally grew up in one of metro Denver’s most famous tourism icons, The Fort restaurant. The Fort, a replica of Bent’s Old Fort on the Santa Fe Trail, was built by Holly’s father as a private home in 1963, but he turned it into a restaurant specializing in authentic foods of the mountain men era in the Southwest.

Holly grew up in an apartment in the upstairs portion of the restaurant. After a career in advertising and marketing, Holly formed a partnership with her father, Sam Arnold, to manage the restaurant in 1999 and took over full ownership of The Fort restaurant in 2006 after Sam passed away.

In 1999, she started the Tesoro Culture Center, a non-profit committed to protecting and making available to the public the artistic treasures and history of the Southwest. They have group and school tours teaching Bent’s Fort history, historic lecture series, and events such as the Indian Market Powwow that attracted the nation’s top Indian artists.

For her lifetime of work in promoting the history, culture, traditions and cuisine of the Southwest, Holly Arnold Kinney was inducted into the 2016 Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.

Holly Arnold Kinney literally grew up in one of metro Denver’s most famous tourism icons, The Fort restaurant, and has done so much work promoting the history and culture of the Southwest through the restaurant and her Tesoro Culture Center non-profit that she was inducted into the 2016 Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver

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During Denver’s Mile High Holidays, feel the warmth of family-friendly performing arts classics, find the perfect gifts and marvel at elaborate lights displays. No other city creates holiday miracles quite like Denver. Mile High Holidays has something for everyone. You’re invited to see the sights and stay the night! Plan your holiday getaway now with great hotel rates.

The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is a Denver tradition for two weeks every January, honoring the country’s rich Old West heritage. Scheduled for January 6-21, 2024, at the National Western Complex, it’s the nation’s premier livestock, rodeo and horse show, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. Enjoy rodeos featuring top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions for the whole family. And don’t miss acres of shopping at Colorado’s largest Western trade show.

The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is a Denver tradition for two weeks every January, honoring the country’s rich Old West heritage. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver

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Denver, Colorado’s capital city, has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the mid-19th century. The area where Denver now stands was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Arapaho and Cheyenne peoples.

In 1858, gold was discovered in the South Platte River valley, sparking the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. This led to a large influx of settlers, who established the town of Denver City in 1859. Denver quickly became a hub for mining and trade in the region, serving as a supply center for the miners seeking their fortunes in the nearby mountains.

It soon became a major transportation hub with the arrival of the Kansas Pacific Railroad in 1870. This further fueled Denver’s growth and established it as a major city in the American West.

In the 20th century, Denver continued to grow and diversify its economy, becoming a major center for oil and gas production and establishing itself as a regional financial and business hub. Today, Denver is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city known for its outdoor activities, thriving arts scene and booming tech industry. Its rich history is celebrated in the numerous museums, historic sites and architectural landmarks found throughout the city.

The town of Denver City was established in 1859 following the discovery of gold in the South Platte River valley, and today has grown into a vibrant and cosmopolitan city known for outdoor activities and a booming tech industry. Photo compilation courtesy of History Colorado Center and Visit Denver

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Denver is one of the best cities for beer lovers, with more breweries than any other U.S. city and the second-highest number of breweries per capita!

With so much emphasis on foodie culture, it’s no surprise that Denver also hosts some of the best food and drink festivals in the West, including the annual Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Food and Wine Festival. Get a taste of our local flavors by exploring our Denver Beer Trail Denver and the many brewery tours!

Additionally, with numerous food and beverage awards to its name (including a few from the uber-prestigious James Beard Foundation), Denver has quickly become a dining destination for foodies. You’ll find plenty of fine dining options at nationally ranked and recognized eateries, along with international cuisine from around the globe and local favorites like green chile at restaurants and diners across The Mile High City.

Denver is a metropolis of ever-evolving tastes, its forward-thinking dining landscape filled with restaurants from gifted chefs whose culinary magnetism, passion and fortitude fulfill our city’s lust for great food.

Denver is one of the best cities for beer lovers, with more breweries than any other U.S. city and the second-highest number of breweries per capita. Photo courtesy of Rich Grant-Visit Denver

For more information on the Official Gateway City of Denver, visit VisitDenver.com.

 

Denver residents come together annually to celebrate events contributing to the city’s vibrant culture. In 2023, Denver Restaurant Week returns from March 3-12, celebrating local flavors from top chefs and restaurant owners in The Mile High City. Denver Beer Week and the Great American Beer Festival will also return in September, contributing to the city’s thriving craft spirit industry.

Culture gives Denver its charm and is prevalent through various festivals and events. The Five Points Jazz Festival on June 3, 2023, celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, once considered the Harlem of the West. The Colorado Black Arts Festival from July 7-9, 2023, recognizes Black art and culture in historic Denver City Park West. The Denver March Powwow, from March 17-19, 2023, honors the heritage of American Indians. More than 400,000 attendees celebrate the city’s vibrant Latino population at the Denver Cinco de Mayo Festival, set for May 5-7, 2023.

Also home to a flourishing music scene, Denver will welcome various household names at its renowned concert venues in 2023, including Bruce Springsteen on March 2; Taylor Swift on July 14-15; Madonna on July 25; and the Beatles “1964” The Tribute on August 24.

Celebrate Denver’s thriving craft spirit industry with Denver Beer Week and the Great American Beer Festival, scheduled for September 2023. Photo courtesy of Brewers Association and Visit Denver

For more information on the Official Gateway City of Denver, visit VisitDenver.com.

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it your perfect winter getaway. When you stay here, taking advantage of a fresh powder day for skiing or snowboarding is a breeze with multiple world-class resorts less than two hours from The Mile High City. The Winter Park Express ski train connecting Denver Union Station and the ski resort makes getting there easy.

Looking for outdoor activities to get your heart rate up, but not an adrenaline rush? Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park, also within a two-hour drive.

And the best part of using Denver as your basecamp is being able to head back to the city in the evening to dine at one of our James Beard Award-winning restaurants or grab a beer at one of the hundreds of local breweries that make Denver the beer capital of the U.S. Then check out a Broadway show at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the views at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre or a blockbuster exhibition at one of our many notable museums.

If you’re planning a longer holiday in the Rockies, stay a few days in Denver to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

Using Denver as your basecamp for your shoulder-season adventure means lots of opportunities to dine at award-winning restaurants or grab a beer at one of hundreds of local breweries. Photo courtes of Visit Denver

For more information on the Official Gateway City of Denver, visit VisitDenver.com.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Sky Terrace: The Anschutz Family Sky Terrace at the museum offers unparalleled views of The Mile High City. The best time to go is a cloudless morning when the museum opens for the day.

16th Street Mall: This mile-long pedestrian promenade is always buzzing with energy. Get a shot of the historic D&F Clocktower on 16th and Arapahoe, or the Denver Pavilions’ 20-foot-high sign.

“I See What You Mean” (aka “The Blue Bear”): Head down to the Colorado Convention Center for a photo beneath this 40-foot-tall sculpture. Position your subject underneath the bear, stand back about 50 feet, point and click. Voila – a true “Only In Denver” photograph.

Confluence Park: Denver was founded at this park, which marks the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. To get the city skyline in the background, Confluence is best photographed in the afternoon.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre: Red Rocks is a 9,000-seat amphitheater carved out of 300-foot-high red sandstone monoliths. Snap some shots of the venue and stage, but also get some panoramic pics of Denver and the plains from atop the Amphitheatre.

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Head down to the Colorado Convention Center for a photo beneath the 40-foot-tall “I See What You Mean” (aka “The Blue Bear”) sculpture. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver

For more information on the Official Gateway City of Denver, visit VisitDenver.com.

With 300 days of sunshine, it’s always patio season in Denver, Colorado! Denver sits at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains and enjoys a year-round mild, dry climate. As a result, nearly every restaurant, bar, hotel – even the city’s museums – has dedicated outdoor patios and rooftops. That makes Denver the perfect place for an outdoor bite or a sip … or both!

Sit under the giant orange umbrellas at breakfast favorite Snooze at Denver Union Station for their signature Pork Chili Verde Eggs Benedict.

For lunch, stop by Ponti, the new restaurant by James Beard Award-Winner Jen Jasinski at the newly renovated Denver Art Museum. Order the Cheesy Grilled Cheese (fontina, goat cheese and pecorino … mmmm) on the restaurant’s sunny, arty patio.

Enjoy happy hour or an early dinner at Local Jones, the selfie-friendly restaurant at the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek North. Start with an Aperol Spritz and see where the evening takes you!

Start a day off at breakfast favorite Snooze at Denver Union Station – you won’t want to miss their signature Pork Chili Verde Eggs Benedict. CREDIT Matt + Jess Photography

For more information on the Official Gateway City of Denver, visit VisitDenver.com.

Denver’s calendar is once again bursting with exciting events and festivals in 2022. From annual favorites to world premieres and exclusive showings, The Mile High City is rife with reasons to visit all year long.

As the cultural epicenter of the Rocky Mountain region, Denver will host blockbuster exhibitions at facilities including the recently renovated Denver Art Museum, alongside new displays and immersive experiences that showcase the city’s diverse history. Performing arts are also making a remarkable comeback, with hit Broadway shows, new plays and the world premiere of David Byrne’s Theater of the Mind (August).

Home to countless live music venues, including the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre (named Billboard’s most-attended and highest-grossing venue of anywhere in the world in 2021), Denver’s 2022 concert lineup includes world tours from top artists, music festivals and more.

With six professional sports teams, there are numerous opportunities to catch in-person games and sporting events, including the always celebratory Colorado Rockies Home Opener.

And several beloved annual events will return this year – including Denver March Powwow, Collaboration Fest (April), Cinco de Mayo Festival, Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July), among many others.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre was named Billboard’s most-attended and highest-grossing venue of anywhere in the world in 2021, and the 2022 concert lineup includes world tours from top artists. Photo courtesy of Colorado.Josh

For more information on the Official Gateway City of Denver, visit VisitDenver.com.