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Summer in Denver -Denver is the culture and adventure hub of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City is in the midst of a cultural and culinary boom that has everyone talking. From celebrated restaurants to world-renowned museums, upscale shopping to remarkable theater, Denver's renaissance has travelers flocking to this iconic western city to experience all the city has to offer.
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Just 10 miles from Denver International Airport (DIA) and minutes from downtown Denver, making it the perfect place to stay for business and leisure travelers.

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Attractions & Activities and Things to Doo

Boxwood Gulch Private South Platte River Fly Fishing
P.O. Box 218, Shawnee 303-838-2465
This is the best fly fishing near Denver that you will find.
Beginners and expert fly anglers alike will enjoy fly fishing the Boxwood Gulch Area and the Long Meadow Section of the beautiful North Fork of the South Platte River.. Located in Park County on Hwy. 285 just a scenic 60 minute drive Southwest of Denver. You will get to fish on private property with some of the best guides in the State.

SkyVenture Colorado, LLC
9230 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
(303) 768-9000
Skyventure Colorado is a jaw-dropping experience for all ages! Everyone ages 3 to 103 can fly with us! This is an awesome activity not to be forgotten!

Raft Masters
(800) 568-7238
We stake our reputation on providing professional, high-quality Colorado whitewater rafting adventures dedicated to your comfort and enjoyment.$12 off per person on any rafting trip or package

Colorado Adventure Center
4 great adventures at 1 great price. Raft, zipline, bike, highropes course. FREE LUNCH with Raft and Zip Packages. Lodging can accommodate all comfort levels, from Luxury Suites to Resort Cabins

The Phoenix Gold Mine
Spend the day and hang out for awhile after your awe inspiring tour of the Phoenix Gold Mine. Pan for gold, silver and other precious stones, metals and minerals, on our portion of Trail Creek. Pan just as the pioneers did, down stream from many mountain crevices and historical mines. The winter snow run off and spring rains help make panning at the Phoenix a true experience of history and great fun for today's rock hound! Hike our nature trails, bring a cooler and use our our picnic area, complete with a hot grill!

Rocky Mountain Adventures
1117 N Hwy 287
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Since 1993, Rocky Mountain Adventures has been helping people have fun. We offer whitewater rafting outings, kayaking classes and fly-fishing classes and guided outings. In addition, we have a full rental program for those of you wanting to venture on your own.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver
A spectacular new building designed by David Adjaye, Denver's newest museum offers five galleries with changing exhibits.
(303) 298-7554 • www.mcadenver.org

Denver Art Museum
The largest and most comprehensive collection of art between Kansas City & the West Coast with more than 30,000 objects.
(720) 865-5000 • www.denverartmuseum.org

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Incredible dinosaur exhibits, an IMAX theater, amazing gems and Egyptian mummies, Space Odyssey, and the world's most advanced digital planetarium.
(303) 322-7009 • www.dmns.org

First Friday Art Walk
Galleries all over the city keep their doors open late and treat visitors to special exhibits, food, and music.


Denver has 300 days of sunshine a year - more hours of sun annually than San Diego or Miami Beach. The average daily temperature during the summer is 80°F, and with the Mile High altitude of 5,280, sunscreen is a must! Outdoor cafés and golf course are open year-round, but are particularly popular between May and September. And with such reliable weather, Denver is fast becoming a destination-wedding Mecca.

2014 Event Schedule

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Cult Following, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, 2013, Feb 13, April 10 & May 8, 2014, The Jones, A live movie created by six improvisers

Chicago, March 18-23, 2014, Chicago The Musical. It's got the funniest songs, the hottest dancing, the sexiest cast and the greatest story on Broadway.

Denver March Pow Wow, March 21-23, 2014, Denver Coliseum, Since 1984, the heritage of American Indians has been celebrated in Denver every year at the Denver March Powwow, one of the largest events of its kind in the country.

Shadowlands, March 28-April 27, Space Theatre

Colorado Rockies Home Opener, April 4, 2014, Coors Field

Animal Crackers, April 4 - May 11, Stage Theatre, Zinging one-liners and slapstick brilliance fill this interactive and boisterous musical comedy from the genius Marx Brothers.

Denver Auto Show, April 9-13, 2014, Colorado Convention Center

Dunkxchange x Denver Nuggets, April 12th 1pm - 4:30pm, Pepsi Center, Denver

Race for Open Space Half Marathon, 5K/10K, April 13, 2014, Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver

Rock of Ages, April 25-27, 2014, Buell Theare, The worldwide party musical Rock of Ages features a mix of 28 rockin' 80's tunes

Denver Mini Maker Faire, May 3-4, 2014, 9 am - 5 pm, National Western Complex , Denver, A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

First Walk for Bladder Cancer, May 4, 2014, The Urology Center of Colorado, Denver

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once, May 6-18, 2014, Buell Theatre, Straight from its Tony Award as this year's best musical, once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.

$10,000 Trout Tournament, May 17, 2014, Aurora Reservoir, Anglers compete for the guaranteed $10,000 Grand prize with the largest Trout (based on weight) caught that day, thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways. $30 to register

The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay, May 18, 2014, City Park

American Idiot, May 23-25, 2014, Buell Theatre, Based on Green Day's groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, this daring new musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, and features the smash hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Holiday" and "21 Guns."

Denver Day of Rock, May 24, 2014, Downtown Denver, Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Concerts For Kids to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.

Denver Chalk Art Festival, May 31 - June 1, 2014, Larimer Square, The Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square is a two-day street-painting festival. More than 200 artists spend hours that weekend turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art.

Kidspree, June 7, 2014, Aurora Municipal Center, Create, run, jump and be a kid! This event is for the kids and the kids at heart to enjoy festive crafts, join us at our petting zoo, paint our tot town or whatever your heart desires to let loose!

The 29th Ride The Rockies bicycle tour, June 7-13, 2014, 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado's Rocky Mountains

43rd Annual Capitol Hill People's Fair, June 7-8, 2014, Civic Center Park, Denver, An art and music festival featuring handcrafted art, live local music, delicious festival food, a wine pavilion, the People's Fair "Green Space" with sustainability-focused vendors, a Healthy Village, a non-profit showcase, and a family area with carnival rides and kids crafts.

4th of July Celebration, July 4, 2014, Aurora Municipal Center

Colorado Irish Festival, July 11 - 13, 2014, Clement Park, Experience the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains with traditional Irish music performances and dancing, Irish drama and storytelling, crafts, games and food and drinks at Clement Park.

German Fest Denver, July 18-20, 2014, Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch, German Fest Denver, provides crafts, music, food, culture, customs & ethnic awareness

15th Annual Donor Dash, July 20, 2014, Washington Park, Denver, The 15th Annual Donor Dash is a 5K run and walk that honors the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrates the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

Pedal The Plains, September 19-21, Colorado's Eastern Plains

Punkin Chunkin Colorado, October 11, 2014, Arapahoe Horse Park, Come see this wonderfully whimsical event as competitors throw, catapult, launch or shoot pumpkins through the sky to distances almost a mile long. In between shoots come enjoy our festival with your favorite seasonal games, crafts and of course food.

Galloping Goose 5K/10K, October 18, 2014, Quincy Reservoir, The 6th annual Galloping Goose 5K/10K invites runners of all type to join us for our USATF certified, chip timed course around the beautiful Quincy Reservoir. $30 to register, Top three male and female finishers are awarded in Youth, Adult and Senior divisions for both distances. All participants receive an official Galloping Goose t-shirt and goody bag.

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Fast Facts

1. Denver truly is one mile high. The 15th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building is 5,280 feet above sea level, as is the purple row of seats around Coors Field.

2. Denver was born during the great "Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush" of 1859 when some flakes of glacier gold were found where the South Platte River meets Cherry Creek.


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