Denver is an expansive city and an amazing one to boot. If you only have two days to see it, you may worry that you are going to miss out on some of the fun. Seeing the best parts of Denver is completely doable with 48 hours to spend. If you plan well, have it all mapped out and prioritize, then you will have the best weekend vacation getaway of a lifetime. If you want to see everything amazing in Denver while there, skip the other things and focus on getting to the best places.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is one of the most amazing manmade venues on earth. Not just a concert hall, it is an entire experience. Hike the 900 acres of red stone rock cliffs located between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. At the start of the journey, make sure to stop in and get information about the park, so you can decide what parts to cover. There is also an impressive fossil area that shouldn’t be missed.
If you are lucky enough, there may be a show at the outdoor concert venue. One of the best places to see some of the biggest entertainment acts, it is an experience like none other.
Larimer Square is a combination of restaurants and historical neighborhood landmarks. At the heart of the Mile High City, it is full of excellent nightlife and street performers. There is always something fun and exciting going on, and it makes you feel like you are in the thick of things. Like a walk back in time, there are amazing architectural treasures abound.
Just south of Central Denver is Washington Park. It is 165 acres of paths and gardens surrounding Grasser Lake. If you are a sports enthusiast, bring along your tennis racket or rent a bike to make your way through the Park. If you plan far enough ahead, then you can partake in a fitness class to get your workout in, while traveling.
16th Street Mall
The 16th Street Mall is Denver’s equivalent to Rodeo Drive. More to offer than just places to spend a whole lot of money, it has amazing restaurants to eat at and street performers to keep you entertained. If you don’t want to have to walk end to end, grab the shuttle that drives through on a regular basis.
The Denver Zoo is a cut above other zoos you have seen. Fashioned after the Kenyan landscape, it is 75 acres large and home to over 4000 animals. There are also educational lectures to partake in and a train that runs through it to make sure you see everything that the zoo has to offer.
The most spectacular thing that Denver has to offer is the Rocky Mountains. If you only have 48 hours, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway should be priority number one. The byway encompasses 15 miles of scenic view and is termed the “road into the sky” by Denver locals. If you are going to go there, then seeing Echo Lake Park is a must. The 15-mile drive may be one of the most spectacular sites on earth which simply can’t be missed.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a definite must. Exhibiting everything from mummies to dinosaur bones, it not only has things to view, but there are also plenty of interactive displays to engage people of all ages. The best part about it is that the Museum isn’t as large as you find in other cities, so making your way through it is a breeze and extremely entertaining.
If you are looking for something free that is fun and educational, then the Coors Brewery is just the thing. Not beholden to a stuffy guided tour, you can see the plant at your own time and as you want. The brewery shows you not only how beer is made, but packaged as well. The best part is that you get to taste a couple of samples while there. If you have a thirst for beer knowledge, this brewery will quench it.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum displays over 68000 works of famous artist’s creations. Considered one of the most impressive art collections in the US, even those who may not typically enjoy museums or art will enjoy it. Not just artwork, it also has on display sculptures and photography from famous celebrities around the world.
If you only have 48 hours to see Denver, fear not, that is plenty of time to take your time to see the most important things that the city has to offer. Just make sure to have a plan, make reservations ahead of time and prioritize.