America’s Mile High City is all about reaching new heights – whether that’s scaling the mountains that rise out of the plains right at the city limits or enjoying the cultural scene and laid-back entertainment. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or savour craft beer, Denver has something for everyone.
Denver’s striking natural beauty is more than just a pretty sight to take in while your plane is landing: the city has made sure to preserve its environment and establish a network of parks so that visitors and residents can hike, camp and mountain bike to their heart’s content in picture-perfect surroundings. Red Rocks National Park and Golden Gate Canyon State Park, to name just two, are close by and offer unparalleled vistas – and Denver’s 300 days of sun mean you have plenty of time to enjoy them. In winter, ski resorts such as Vail, Keystone and Breckenridge offer slopes for everyone from beginners to thrill-seekers looking for double diamonds.
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What is the best way to get around in Denver?
Denver is well covered by its public transit network, called the Regional Transportation District or RTD. RTD buses and light rail lines travel throughout the Denver Metro Area, including rail lines to the airport and nearby Boulder, Colorado. When arriving at Denver Airport, check first if your hotel offers an airport shuttle service (many do); otherwise an RTD bus or train may be your best bet. Around the city, biking is also an excellent option, and a safe one at that – Denver is exceptionally well covered with multi-use trails and bike lanes crisscrossing the city.
What do I need to know about Denver’s legalized cannabis?
Recreational cannabis has been legal in Colorado since 2012 and has since become a draw for tourists to the state. It is available in plant form as well as in oils, edibles, and a number of other presentations. However, travellers should ensure that their cannabis does not travel with them: some of Colorado’s neighbouring states – as well as US federal regulations – still criminalise the possession of marijuana. Even if recreational cannabis is legal in your next destination, travelling with the drug is generally prohibited.
When is the best time to visit Denver?
Since Colorado is a destination that lends itself to outdoor adventure, the answer to that question really depends on whether you’ll be hiking or skiing. Ski season lasts from mid-December to April, while late May to August is peak season for hiking and paddling through the great outdoors. Outdoor festivals hit their peak during the summer months as well, with plentiful open-air concerts on offer. Spring can be a little too muddy and autumn too chilly for outdoor activities, though all seasons are perfect for enjoying the city’s urban charm.
Breathe Denver's fresh mountain air
Denver's main appeal is apparent from the minute you lay eyes on the city: the foothills of the Rocky Mountains arising from the surrounding plains, inviting visitors to the Mile High City to explore and enjoy its skiing, hiking and views. Many locations have camping facilities and hiking options; for visitors looking to ski near the city, Echo Mountain is the closest, at an hour's drive from the city. Nearby Boulder and Colorado Springs have plenty of options for a day hike, though the following destinations are closer to the city itself:
- Jefferson County Open Space Parks
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park
- Pike National Forest
- Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike Area
Enjoy Denver's culture
Denver's cultural scene has put it on the map as much as its incredible landscape. The Denver Art Museum has hosted a number of world-class touring exhibitions and also offers one of the Midwest's largest permanent collections. Meanwhile, the Denver Performing Arts Complex puts on shows by the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. For an outdoor experience without leaving the city proper, the Botanical Gardens and the Denver Zoo are worth a visit.
Denver – the city of music
Denver is also home to a unique music scene, with bars that host talent in genres ranging from jazz to country and western. If you can catch a live show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, it's well worth your time. The national park's rock formations have created incredible acoustics for outdoor concerts and have hosted the likes of the Beatles, Willie Nelson, and more.
The Mile High City has something to suit all tastes, whether you remain in the city or head straight to the ski slopes. Book your flight from Zurich to Denver today.
Be part of Denver’s foodie scene
A stroll through LoDo (Lower Downtown) or the city centre itself will have you thinking that you’re at the heart of an international culinary extravaganza. And you are, with good, old-fashioned pizza and burgers alongside Latin cuisine, brunch joints and trendy cafés. However, the foodie scene has expanded to the city’s many laid-back neighbourhoods, like Highlands and Cherry Creek, with a variety of innovative fusion options that mix the best of worldwide culinary traditions.
Head to craft beer heaven
To say that beer drinkers enjoy the craft brewing scene in Denver may be a considerable understatement. Denver is a nexus of the most cutting-edge brewing around, so lovers of suds and hops are sure to find just what they’re looking for, whether it’s imported microbrews or locally made beer with creative ingredients. A highlight is the Great American Beer Festival, the country’s largest gathering of craft brewers and craft brew aficionados.
Line dancing or jazz?
After a day perusing Denver’s museums and art galleries, you’ll be pleased to learn that its cultural offerings extend into the night, with top-notch venues for indie music and jazz. Or, if your trip to Denver has more to do with the local rodeo scene, head to the city’s country music bars for line dancing and live music.
High fashion or wilderness outfitters?
Denver’s main shopping district is the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrianised boulevard with tourist-friendly retail stores offering Wild West-themed souvenirs alongside cafés, live entertainment and award-winning bookstores. Meanwhile, Denver is also home to a rich array of wilderness outfitters, so you can be sure to find your next camping gadget or hiking gear when visiting the Mile High City.
Zurich - ChicagoFlight duration: 09:35 hrs total, Frequency: 5 x daily
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Boeing 777-300ERHeight: 18.50 mLength: 74 mSeats: 340
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 14
Transit OHare Intl Arpt (ORD)Arrival: 15:30Transit time: 2h 23m
Chicago - DenverFlight duration: 02:43 hrs total, Frequency:
Arrival DenverDistance to city centre: 40 km