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Best Historic Locations in Denver

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Larimer Square

Nestled in historical lower downtown Denver, Larimer Square occupies a one-block strip of the city's oldest street, dating back to the 1860s. Lined with Victorian brownstones, the area is a thriving shopping and entertainment district, flowing with activity. Spend the morning combing the ever-changing boutiques and clothing stores; then head over to Tamayo for lunch. For the afternoon, take a self-guided walking tour of the historical district (brochures are located at the information gazebo). In the evening, dine at the Little Russian Café, Josephina's, or the Del Mar Crab House. Then, dance until the wee hours at Lucky Star.

Denver, CO, United States
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Colorado State Capitol Building

Modeled after the venerated United States Capitol, the Colorado State Capitol is a neoclassical beauty constructed using Colorado white granite. Standing exactly one mile above sea level, the building meticulously epitomizes Colorado's Gold Rush through the Gold Leaf on its striking dome. Quintessential illustrations on the stained glass windows further immortalize the capitol's respect for the state it calls home. The Colorado State Capitol hosted its first general assembly in 1894, and it was inscribed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Denver, CO, United States
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Denver Public Library

This library, a post-modern structure full of turrets and odd geometrical shapes, is a bastion of knowledge. Internally, the academic atmosphere of each study area is indicative of individual moods. Six of the ten floors of the library are open to the public. Keeping with the tradition set in 1894, the library still has a world-class children's facility. The library is a regional depository for government publications. It offers extensive genealogical resources as well as historical books, photographs, art, and memorabilia chronicling the American West. The library also offers fiction and non-fiction texts, periodicals and computers allowing free Internet access. Tours are available.

Denver, CO, United States
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Molly Brown House Museum

This restored Victorian mansion, once the home of legendary Denver resident Maggie (Molly) Brown now serves as a popular museum that attracts more than 40,000 visitors a year. The museum explores the eccentric life of the 'Unsinkable Molly Brown,' a Titanic survivor and eminent figure in the city's Gold Rush heritage. After the tour, browse around the gift shop and check out the selection of t-shirts, books and other memorabilia. There are guided tours available and regular special events and performances also take place.

Denver, CO, United States
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

This museum is one of the city's most popular attractions, drawing almost two million visitors a year. There are permanent displays on North American Indians, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts such traveling exhibits as Ramses II, and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.

Denver, CO, United States
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Elitch Theatre

The region of Denver in Colorado is bestowed with one of the finer cultural sites in the form of the Elitch Theater. It was nestled within the original Elitch Gardens and was erected in 1890. The monumental theater site has been incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places. Check website for more details.

Denver, CO, United States
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Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum

This museum occupies Hangar Number One on Lowry Campus, formerly known as the Lowry Air Force Base. Here, visitors can view 31 aircraft, from a World War II Corsair to the B1A Bomber. The museum also houses extensive exhibits on the history of Lowry Air Force Base, World Wars I and II, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and even the Hubbell Telescope. A display on the science of flight includes a space station simulator.

Denver, CO, United States
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheater is a stunning, naturally formed amphitheater located in the Rocky Mountains. The first ever natural amphitheater in the world, it is geologically formed, made up of two, three hundred foot (91.44 meters) monoliths. The Red Rocks area is known as the Garden of Angels and is world-famous for its perfect acoustic pitch. Red Rocks has been the venue for entertainers since the turn of the century and has a plethora of musicians and artists performing every month. Even if there isn't a concert playing, there's always the majestic splendor of the 640-acre (259 hectares) park that surrounds the venue.

Morrison, CO, United States
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Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum & Grave

William F. Cody, known to the world as “Buffalo Bill,” was buried here on Lookout Mountain above Golden in 1917. He attained fame through his “Wild West” shows which he performed all over the world. The Memorial museum displays articles from the life and times of Buffalo Bill's adventurous life. Souvenirs and snacks are in abundance at the nearby Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop. Views of Golden and downtown Denver from Lookout Mountain are outstanding.

Golden, CO, United States
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