Denver has something for everyone. You can park and walk. The Cultural Complex Garage is the most convenient place to park. It is located at 12th Avenue and Broadway, opens daily at 6 am. Enter the garage from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway. Rates for parking in this garage will range from $1 for up to 59 minutes to $10 for the daily maximum (excluding special events). The early bird parking rate is $7 per day. Rates are posted inside the garage entrance. Parkopedia.com lists downtown parking lots and fees. You can walk to the 16th Street Mall where a FREE shuttle runs the length of 16th Street.
The Colorado State Capitol was modeled after the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., the 272-foot-high dome is covered with 200 ounces of 24kt. gold leaf. The truly priceless material is inside where the entire world’s supply of Colorado rose onyx was used as wainscoting. Construction on the building began in 1886 and was completed in 1908. The Colorado State Capitol Building is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and the tours are FREE. You can book a tour by going to their website.
The History Colorado Center is a popular tourist destination. It gives insight into the spirit of the people who made Denver and Colorado what it is today. Admission is $12 for Adults and $10 for Seniors
The splendid Civic Center Park results from the inspiration fostered by the “City Beautiful Movement” following the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Elements of well-designed and beautiful parkways, fountains and tree landscaping were merged together in this space and in many other U.S. city park beautification programs.Tthe City and County Building, completed in 1932, anchors the west end of this park. During the summer months, Civic Center Park hosts multiple fun festivals. From Civic Center Park you can look over many of downtown’s architectural gems, including the Denver Public Library designed by Michael Graves, the original 28-sided Denver Art Museum designed by Gio Ponti, the new Hamilton building at The Denver Art Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind and the neo-classical City & County Building. Nearby you’ll find the Byers-Evans House, which was built in 1883 and is now a museum, and the U.S. Mint, modeled after the Plazzo Riccardi in Florene, which was built in 1904. Civic Center Park is also full of public art, from Old West-inspired pieces to modern wonders.
It is a short walk through Civil Center Park to the Denver Mint. Mint tours are FREE and must be prebooked online. Due to constructions tours are not available until February 1.
The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and western American art. There are currently 24 additional exhibits. Budget at least four hours to tour DAM. Admission is $13 and $10 for Seniors. There are workshops available for the art lover and artist. The Denver Art Museum has three excellent restaurants and unique shopping.
The Byers-Evans House was home to two prominent Denver families and is one of the city’s most historic landmarks. Built in 1883, it has been beautifully restored to the period between 1912 and 1924. Polished wood finishes, brightly patterned wallpapers, ornate mantles, and period draperies form a backdrop for a rich variety of Evans family furnishings. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for Seniors.Tours start at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, & 2:30 pm.
The Denver Firefighters Museum is housed in a 1909 firehouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original Station One was dedicated on January 2, 1882 as home to the Broadway Hose Co. No. 6, a volunteer company organized on February 27, 1881. The original fire house faced three streets; 15th Street, Broadway and Cheyenne. The elaborate building was two stories tall and was topped with a belfry that contained a 1600 pound bell. Admission is $6 for Adults and $5 for Seniors.
The American Museum of Western Art houses an impressive art collection. The beautiful Navarre Building, located across from the Brown Palace in downtown Denver, has a very interesting and colorful history of its own. The building was designed and built in 1880 by architect F.E. Edbrooke. It opened as Brinker Collegiate Institute, a school for young ladies. After Joseph Brinker’s death in 1889, the building was sold and opened as Hotel Richelieu. The building soon became known as a “sporting house” or “bordello”. One could dine publicly or in private with popular “ladies of the night”. Legend has it that the tunnel in the wine cellar was constructed when the Brown Palace was being built in 1892 as a way to discreetly bring clientele over from the Brown. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for Seniors.
The Brown Palace Hotel is the second-oldest operating of Denver and is one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. It was built in 1892 of sandstone and red granite, one year later than the Oxford Hotel. It was named for its original owner, Henry C. Brown, and was designed with its distinctive triangular shape by architect Frank Edbrooke. Guided historical tours recounting interesting anecdotes about the general history of The Brown Palace Hotel are offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tours are approximately one hour fiften minutes and cost $10 per person and limited to five guests. Reservations are required. For larger groups, specialized tours and events refer to the website.
Daniel & Fisher Tower is a distinctive Denver, Colorado landmark. Built as part of the Daniels & Fisher department store in 1910, it was the tallest between the Mississippi and California at the time of construction, at a height of 325 feet. The building was designed by the architect Frederick Sterner and modeled after The Campanile (St. Mark’s Bell Tower) at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.The 20-floor clock tower has clock faces on all four sides This landmark houses Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret Denver’s most magical showroom with the best in live entertainment, a visually sumptuous decor, and a tantalizing array of food and drink.