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.
Enjoy the best live music that Colorado has to offer at the Buffalo Rose; there is live music every night and during the summer, you can even enjoy it from the live patio. The bar is frequented by a delightful mix of people and has a decent selection of Mexican small bites and an array of good strong drinks to complement their time here. It gets pretty raucous on the weekends so be prepared for a good time. The music covers almost every genre of music, ranging from reggae to hip hop. So choose your night and walk down this eclectic live music haunt.
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 Tribes, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits such as Ramses II and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.
This is a place where a child's natural urge to experience the world hands-on comes together with art and science projects, building materials and imagination. The museum includes nine interactive Playscapes including the CMD Fire Station #1, My Market, Center for the Young Child, Under My Feet and Over My Head, The Assembly Plant, Making the Team, Arts a la Carte, Around the Block, and Alphabet Soup. There are also several programs, activities and special events held throughout the year. Check the museum's website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
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.
Experience the great outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens. Sprawling over three acres (nine hectares), this natural oasis is replete with several themed gardens. Stroll along bonsais at the Japanese Garden, or enjoy a fairytale-like experience with Winnie the Pooh and friends at the Storybook Gardens. Xeriscape Demo Garden is great to gather tips on home gardening and horticulture, while the Rock Alpine Garden showcases a unique topography. Take a guided tour and marvel at the verdant landscape dotted with exotic flora, lawns, waterfalls and ponds. In addition, these gardens offer several botanical exhibitions, illustrations and workshops that are both fun and interesting.
Bandimere Speedway is the favourite venue of drag-racing amateurs and professionals alike. It is 5400 feet above sea-level, and has a two mile oval track that is used for races and competitions. This speedway is packed on weekends, and has an impressive safety record that has not been compromised in the last 47 years of its existence.
Here, you can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, fishing, picnicking and camping on 2600 acres of open space. Sailboats, sailboards, canoes, kayaks, paddle-boats, and bikes are available to rent Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Soda Lake Marina. Park rangers offer a variety of interpretive programs including nature guided hikes and weekly campfire programs in the summertime. Public golfing is also available. 50 campsites are available at the Indian Paintbrush Campground.
Honoring the musical talents of the state, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame is located on Trading Post Road. The museum features displays tracing the lives and works of the inductees and plays host to many travelling exhibits. You can also enjoy the occasional concerts held here. Check out their website for more details.
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.
Visit this unique museum and visitor's center to see dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period and more than 300 dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous period. Plus, discover the secrets of how the Rocky Mountains were formed more than 70-million years ago. This two-mile long excursion into the past is a perfect outing for the entire family. Free maps for self guided tours are available at the visitor center. Guided tours are also available.