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Denver, CO

“I love 5 points, lived there for years and years, I miss the pig ear stand that sold pig ear sandwiches and single cigarettes. I love baker, the houses are so beautiful and colorful and you can walk to everything you want. I love city park neighborhood, great part of town to bike around and that park is so huge and peaceful. I also love capitol hill, great stuff everywhere in walking distance, cool old houses.” — Esme Patterson

Curated by: A Shoreline Dream, Ben Foote, Big Gigantic, Brandon Biederman, Brent Cowles, Edison, Elephant Revival, Esme Patterson, Head For The Hills, Jeffrey Petrello, Kurt Fuhrman, Mary Allison Wright, Nadine Donovan, Nick Lowe, Nick Yannett, Paper Bird, Shannon Jones, Tennis, Tim Kuklinski

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Denver, CO
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Pon Pon
This cozy & quirky cocktails destination also serves as an exhibition space for local artists.
2528 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Squire Lounge
This neighborhood dive bar is a local favorite for its unassuming atmosphere and intimate live music events.
1800 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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Matchbox
Industrial-chic bar on the food-truck circuit that lures hipsters with a bocce court & happy hour.
2625 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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715 Club
Local favorite watering hole with a divey atmosphere, cheap drinks, and a photo booth.
715 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Irish Rover
Homey bar known for its long lineup of Celtic brews, whiskey selection. and spacious rooftop patio.
54 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Golden Moon Distillery – Maison
Handcrafted herbal spirits and liqueurs, fermented and distilled via methods used in the 1800s.
412 Violet St, Golden, CO 80401, USA
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Nob Hill Inn
This beloved dive bar is the place to go if you want to rub shoulders and down beers with local regulars and get an authentic perspective on the city of Denver.  Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, and a jukebox stocked full of oldies.
420 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Postino LoHi
Italian spot serving a wide selection of bruschetta & wine in rustic-chic digs with outdoor seating.
2715 17th St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Vine Street Pub & Brewery
Mellow hangout provides house-brewed beers, American eats with veggie options, and outdoor seating.
1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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Bar Fausto
Hip, industrial hangout serving craft cocktails, beer & wine, plus charcuterie & other small plates.
3126 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Star Bar
No kitchen means outside food is welcome in this craft-beer-focused alehouse near Coors Field.
2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Local 46
Local watering hole featuring a large patio, games, live entertainment, and a small food menu.
586 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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Occidental
Hip bar serving beer, cocktails, and food-truck grub amid throwback arcade games & punk-themed decor.
1950 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Adrift
Tropical-themed tiki bar offering rum-centric, island-style drinks plus Polynesian-inspired bites.
218 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Angelo’s Taverna
Casual Italian plates, plus oysters & a full bar, featured in homey surroundings.
620 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Finn’s Manor
Chic bar featuring craft beer & cocktails, plus a patio with a diverse array of food trucks.
2927 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub
American food, BBQ, and drinks in a cool converted garage with artful auto-parts fixtures & a patio.
176 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Irish Snug
Roomy bar offering pints & pub grub with a traditional Gaelic atmosphere & live music many nights.
1201 E Colfax Ave #100, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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Great Divide Brewing Co
Intimate, lively joint offering tastes of their own brews, growlers to go, and food truck options.
2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Breck on Blake
Brewpub-style haunt featuring 32 craft beers on tap, sports on TV, and upscale, eclectic American eats.
2220 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Denver Beer Co.
Brewery-based taproom with an industrial vibe, dog-friendly outdoor beer garden, and food trucks.
1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Ace Eat Serve
High-energy hot spot in an old garage for Pan-Asian chow, cocktails, and table tennis, plus juice bar.
501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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The Cruise Room
Historic, upscale Art Deco martini bar in the Oxford Hotel modeled after a lounge on the Queen Mary.
The Oxford Hotel, 1659 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Illegal Pete’s
Offbeat Mexican eatery with a full bar supplying burritos among other quick eats.
270 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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The Thin Man
Happening hangout lures locals with funky decor, patio, and live music downstairs, plus house-infused vodka.
2015 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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St Mark’s Coffee House
Humble baked-goods & coffee purveyor with garage-door windows that open to a patio in warm weather.
2019 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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Milk Bar
2 underground nightclubs in 1: a "Clockwork Orange"-inspired Milk Bar & the retro Jazz Room.
1037 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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The Church
Multiple rooms, each with different music, make up this renovated 1865 church turned dance hall.
1160 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Sputnik
Vintage-style late-night hangout dishing up unique vegetarian- & vegan-friendly eats.
3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Meadowlark Bar
Both a cozy, art-lined basement bar and sunny patio, Meadowlark Bar hosts indie bands & DJs as well as a happy hour.
2701 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop
Popular bar & grill with a scenic outdoor patio serving locavore comfort grub, craft beers, and wines.
2015 Market St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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RiNo Yacht Club
Snacks are served dim sum-style at this sleek cocktail lounge for spirit-based drinks, beer, and wine.
3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
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Euclid Hall
High-concept eclectic bar bites & a carefully sourced beer list in an industrial-modern pub setting.
1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Avanti Food and Beverage
Bi-level shipping container with a variety of vendors (pizza, noodles, and more), plus a rooftop bar.
3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Williams & Graham
Prohibition-era speakeasy in a corner bookstore with handcrafted cocktails, small plates, and desserts.
3160 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Barry’s On Broadway
Classic cozy dive bar with skee-ball, pool tables, and happy hour specials.
58 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Larimer Lounge
Old-time bar east of downtown pouring drinks & showcasing punk rock & alternative bands.
2721 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Wax Trax
Throwback indie record store with a punk focus boasting new and used vinyl and CDs in funky surroundings.
620 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Twist & Shout Records
Old-school shop for buying and selling new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and more, with occasional live music.
2508 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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Angelo’s CD’s & More
Funky CD & record shop that boasts a wide range of music, body-art jewelry, and gifts, plus in-store gigs.
1959 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210, USA
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Black & Read Music, Books & Games
This indie store stocks an extensive selection of new and used books, games, music, and collectibles.
Northridge Shopping Center, 7821 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003, USA
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Tattered Cover
Tattered Cover is a bookstore chain based in Denver, and is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States.
2526 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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Hyperspace Arcade
An all-ages arcade boasting the largest collection of classic 80s arcade cabinets in the state and offering unlimited all-day play for a flat rate.
1601 Reed St #100, Lakewood, CO 80214, USA
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The 1up – LoDo
Retro arcade & pinball games in a bustling, no-frills basement bar with pub food & a jukebox.
1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Adams Mystery Playhouse
Diners help solve humorous murder mysteries over a buffet dinner in a mansion once used as mortuary.
2406 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Jerusalem Restaurant
Gyros & falafel satisfy late-night cravings at this long-running Middle Eastern outpost open 24/7.
1890 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210, USA
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3 Kings Tavern
No-frills live-rock bar also hosting comedy & burlesque shows in relaxed digs with pinball & pool.
60 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Ogden Theatre
The Ogden Theatre is a music venue and former movie theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.  It was built in 1917 and has a maximum capacity of 1600 for concerts.
935 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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Ophelias Electric Soapbox
Huge, multilevel "gastro-brothel" with live music & a restaurant offering eclectic American food.
1215 20th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Fillmore Auditorium
The Fillmore Auditorium is a large concert venue located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Denver, and has hosted countless national touring acts since its construction in 1907.
1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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Bluebird Theater
The Bluebird Theater is a historic concert venue designed by Harry W.J. Edbrooke and built during 1913–1914.
3317 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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The Walnut Room
Thin-crust Chicago-style pies accompany live acts at this open-late pizzeria & music venue.
3131 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Swallow Hill Music
Organization supporting roots, folk, & acoustic music with 3 concert halls plus classes and workshops.
71 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80210, USA
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Boettcher Concert Hall
Boettcher Concert Hall is a 360-degree "in the round" symphony concert hall, and the first of its kind in the United States.  It is currently home to the Colorado Symphony and hosts various charity events and galas.
1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Iconic riverfront music venue with seasonal outdoor amphitheater, indoor lounge & full-service cafe.
13714 Poudre Canyon Rd, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA
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Syntax Physic Opera
Unique eatery & live music venue offering creative small plates & an art gallery wall.
south 80209, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Fruition Restaurant
Tiny destination drawing foodies for chef Alex Seidel's refined farm-to-table New American cuisine.
1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Stoic & Genuine
Spacious seafood spot with open kitchen turns out everything from crudo & caviar to lobster rolls.
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Hop Alley
Hip Chinese restaurant featuring modern shared plates, plus craft beer, cider, and clever cocktails.
3500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Bar Dough
Modern-rustic Italian spot featuring gourmet wood-fired pizzas, plus pastas, wine, beer, and cocktails.
2227 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Cart-Driver
Intimate, auto-inspired setting for Southern Italian wood-fired pizza, oysters, and cocktails.
2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Il Posto
Chic, dramatic setting for progressive Italian fare, with mezzanine seating & a full bar.
2601 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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duo Restaurant
Creative local farm-to-fork New American cuisine in a warm, rustic, continually packed space.
2413 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheater.
18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
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The Hi Dive
Funky bar & stage with cheap drinks and live music (local & national acts) including everything from punk to bluegrass.
7 S. BROADWAY, DENVER, CO 80223, Denver, CO 80223, USA
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Oriental Theater
Intimate venue dating to the 1920s featuring all manner of shows, from live music to film to comedy.
4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212, USA
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Potager
Rustic dining room whose organic New American menu changes monthly to reflect what's market-fresh.
1109 N Ogden St, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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The Hornet Restaurant
Airy, vibrant restaurant & bar with a globally influenced American menu, plus pool tables and happy hours.
76 Broadway, (SE Corner of 1st & Broadway), Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Forest Room 5
Hip night spot with an artsy, rustic interior & an outdoor area with fire pits & a flowing creek.
2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Linger
This old mortuary is now a lively restaurant with a rooftop lounge and globally-inspired small plates.
2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Appaloosa Grill
Airy, employee-owned bar with eclectic menu of refined American comfort fare & live music nightly.
535 16th St #110, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Mercury Café
Organic-oriented eats plus music, poetry, dance lessons, and tarot readings that add to the funky vibe.
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Watercourse Foods
A cute cafe space with Watership Down-inspired murals sets the scene for vegetarian dishes.
837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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El Taco de Mexico
Bare-bones counter joint with some booths known since 1985 for traditional Mexico City-style plates.
714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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Tom’s Diner
Down-to-earth comfort food like milkshakes & cheese fries available 24 hours in a low-key setting.
601 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Work & Class
Relaxed & cozy location serving homestyle Southern & Latin American cuisine, plus cocktails.
2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre Front Range park established in 1960 has 36 miles of hiking trails.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, 92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, CO 80403, USA
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Westfalen Hof
Quiet neighborhood eatery specializing in traditional German cuisine and imported beers.
32138 CO-72, Golden, CO 80403, USA
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Mutiny Information Cafe
Cool secondhand book shop with fiction, art titles, and comics, plus coffee from locally roasted beans.
2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Jose’ O’Shea’s
Burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican specialties, plus a free taco bar during upstairs cantina happy hour.
385 Union Blvd, Denver, CO 80228, USA
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La Cocinita Mexican Restaurant
Down-home destination with a patio fixing up homestyle Mexican plates & pouring margaritas.
4935 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212, USA
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The Capital Grille
Outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare & a clubby, refined setting.
Larimer Square, 1450 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Denver Diner
Old-school diner with a wide-ranging menu for a steady stream of early birds & night owls.
740 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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Pie Hole
No-nonsense pizza parlor with late-night hours dishing out classic slices & build-your-own pies.
44 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA
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Sweet Cow Ice Cream
Retro-industrial parlor with a patio scooping 20+ flavors of locally sourced, housemade ice cream.
3475 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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Acorn
New American small plates & artisanal cocktails in an industrial-style space with graffitied walls.
3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
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The Black American West Museum
Victorian home filled with artifacts telling the story of African-Americans in the Wild West.
3091 California St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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Elitch Theater
The Historic Elitch Theatre is located at the original Elitch Gardens site in northwest Denver. Opened in 1890, it was the centerpiece of the park that was the first zoo west of Chicago.
4655 W 37th Ave, Denver, CO 80212, USA
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Eldorado Canyon State Park
Eldorado Canyon State Park, located in Boulder County, offers a number of scenic hiking trails and park activities.
Eldorado Canyon State Park, 9 Kneale Rd, Eldorado Springs, CO 80025, USA
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Guanella Pass
Guanella Pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, USA.
Guanella Pass, Colorado 80435, USA
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Inspiration Point Trail
This scenic hiking trail begins at Seven Falls and ends at the original location of the famed author Helen Hunt's grave site.
Seven Falls Inspiration Point, 2850 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, USA
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Rifle Mountain Park
Beautiful wilderness park in Rifle, CO, perfect for camping, fishing, and rock climbing.
Rifle Mountain Park Comm House Rd, Rifle, CO 81650, USA
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Lakeside Amusement Park
Historic, family-owned amusement park featuring classic rides, games, and family-friendly attractions.
4601 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80212, USA
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Leon Art Gallery
Innovative and modern, this gallery focuses on Denver-based up-and-coming artists, but also hosts exhibitions for select national and international artists as well as local live music events.
1112 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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Big Blue Bear
The 40-foot-tall bear has its nose pressed to the glass, peering in at everyone on the third floor of Denver's downtown convention center.
700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, commonly known as Mile High or Mile High Stadium, is home to the Denver Broncos football team.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High Station, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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The Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1996 as the first dedicated home for contemporary art in the city of Denver.
1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Indian Peaks Wilderness
The Indian Peaks Wilderness is a protected wilderness area close to the Denver Metropolitan area, and its picturesque trails and views are popular among hikers, mountaineers, and cross-country skiers alike.
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Arapaho National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
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Buffalo Bill’s Grave
Grave site of the Western hero, Buffalo Bill.
Buffalo Bill's Grave Path, Golden, CO 80401, USA
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Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens is a public botanical garden located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206, USA
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Poudre Canyon
The Poudre Canyon is a narrow verdant canyon, approximately 40 mi (64 km) long, on the upper Cache la Poudre River in Larimer County, Colorado.
Poudre Canyon Rd, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA
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Cheesman Park
Cheesman Park is an urban park and neighborhood located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado.
Cheesman Park, Denver, CO, USA
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Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain is a mountain and ski resort located in Summit County, Colorado, about 75 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70.
Copper Mountain, CO 80443, USA
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Confluence Park
Confluence Park is an urban park encompassing the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in Denver's Lower Downtown, a bustling district of 19th-century brick warehouses and storefronts that has been redeveloped since the late 1980s.
Confluence Park, 2250 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake, located in Glenwood Canyon, about 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs.  Its cascading waterfalls and natural pools have made Hanging Lake one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state.
Hanging Lake, Colorado 81601, USA
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Rainbow Lakes Trail
Rainbow Lakes Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels.
Rainbow Lakes Campground, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
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Mount Evans
Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and is a popular destination among hikers and campers.
Mt Evans, Colorado 80439, USA
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Colorado Trail
The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail running for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango, CO.
Colorado Trail, Littleton, CO 80125, USA
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is known for its towering sand dunes, seasonal beaches, and various hiking trails.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado, USA
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Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
Garden of the Gods is a public park and designated National Natural Landmark, recognized for the unique rock formations that dot its landscape.
Garden of the Gods, 1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA
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Art District on Santa Fe
Arts District on Santa Fe is an artistic community and creative area replete with galleries, studios, and food trucks.  Come through for their monthly First Friday exhibition and art walk.
Santa Fe Dr & W 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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Washington Park
Washington Park is home to winding cycling paths, various sports facilities, and an elegant boathouse overlooking Smith Lake, and is conveniently located near the bustling Old South Gaylor Street shopping district.
Washington Park, Denver, CO, USA
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Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a municipal natural history and science museum in Denver, Colorado.
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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