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There are hundreds of things to see and do in the Mile High City and nearby Rocky Mountains. For more information go to VisitDenver.com, the city’s official visitor website. Denver365, the city’s year-round event calendar is also a great source for even more things to do before, during and after the tournament.
At one of the most popular zoos in the U.S., you’ll encounter a pride of African lions, playful polar bears and tree-swinging primates. Don’t miss the new Toyota Elephant Passage, an immersive 10-acre landscape that features majestic Asian elephants.
Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum
The jagged, gleaming edges of the Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building have made the Denver Art Museum an international architectural icon. Head inside to see masterpieces of Western art and one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Native American art works, not to mention fascinating temporary exhibitions. Next door, the new Clyfford Still Museum showcases masterpieces from the nearly 2,000-piece collection of the famed, American abstract artist.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Named the top outdoor venue in the country by Rolling Stone, Red Rocks has hosted everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. The towering sandstone monuments that surround the arena make for a unique experience. Even if you can’t make a show, stop by the Performers Hall of Fame, dedicated to artists who have performed under the stars at this unforgettable venue.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Take a spin to the top of the continent. Enjoy panoramic mountain views as you take a scenic drive or get out and explore the many hiking trails. Echo Lake is a picturesque stop along the road to the top of Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America, more than 14,264 feet at its summit.
Rocky Mountain National Park
This wilderness area is filled with lakes, waterfalls and meadows of wildflowers under snow-capped peaks, offering the very best of scenic drives, hikes or walks. At the entrance to the park, stroll in downtown Estes Park and tour the historic Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King was inspired to write “The Shining.”
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Ride the roller coasters and water slides at America’s only downtown theme and water park.
Can’t-Miss Events and Exhibits
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science presents the largest exhibition (through Aug. 24) about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. Never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities and immersive environments show the rise and eventual decline of this fascinating culture’s ancient cities.
Civic Center EATS
Say hello to gourmet food truck paradise. Every Tuesday and Thursday in the summer, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park welcomes more than a dozen of the city’s finest eateries on wheels, offering everything from burgers to BBQ to more exotic fare.
Oh Heck Yeah
Downtown Denver’s Champa Street, from the 16th Street Mall to 14th Street, will be transformed into an immersive street arcade through July 26. The arcade will be powered through Denver Theatre District’s LED screens, projections, street art, social media, local media and a website.
Dale Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens
The glasswork of one of the world’s most acclaimed sculptors will be showcased in the lush grounds of the Denver Botanic Gardens during summer 2014 (June 13-Nov. 30). Dale Chihuly’s bold, iconic pieces will enhance the Gardens’ living collection.
Summer Fun in The Mile High City
Explore Denver on two wheels — without even bringing your bike! The metro area has 850 miles of paved, off-road bike paths and 100 miles of on-street bike lanes, all accessible on a Denver B-cycle for as low as $8 per day. The citywide bike sharing program is easy, cheap and fun. Simply check out a bike from one of the more than 80 stations located in neighborhoods and near major attractions and explore. When you’re done, just drop it off at any station.
With 300 days of annual sunshine, it’s easy to see why so many of Denver’s restaurants and bars boast patios and rooftops for maximum al fresco enjoyment. LoDo (Lower Downtown) is packed with bars and bistros with outdoor options, as is nearby RiNo (River North) and LoHi (Lower Highlands). Soak up some rays and enjoy some great food.
The Napa Valley of Beer
Denver brews more beer than any other American city and nearby Golden is home to Coors Brewery, the largest single brewing site in the world. Take a free tour to see how Coors’ classic Rocky Mountain brew is made. More than 200 beers are produced and served every day in Denver’s tap houses, brew pubs, breweries, and gastro pubs, with new spots opening every week. Don’t miss tastings and tours at downtown’s Wynkoop Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co., and dozens more. Or take the Denver Beer Trail and find your favorites! Come see why Denver is known as “the Napa Valley of Beer.”
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Grab your seats today to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Ticket packages are now available, and make a perfect gift for the lacrosse fan in your family.