Denver Journals

A few of the attractions of Denver

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A May 2008 trip to Denver by koshkha

Denver Art Museum Photo, Denver, Colorado More Photos
Quote: We took a two week trip to Colorado in May 2008 and managed to drag ourselves away from the mountains just long enough to squeeze in a few Denver highlights.

Denver Botanic Gardens

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Attraction | "Good Enough to Leave a Brit Speachless!"

Denver Botanic Gardens Photo, Denver, Colorado
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As a Brit, I'm unashamedly and probably unjustifiably confident in believing that we do big gardens better than anyone else. Forgive me – after all, we don't have THAT much to show off or feel superior about. One year I took my parents and my sister and her partner to a major international garden exhibition in Holland and we strutted around feeling horribly superior about the national gardening efforts of our European neighbours. We are blessed of course with fabulously awful weather that favours gardens (i.e. lots of rain) and with a national obsession with green stuff. Every Friday night BBC 2 shows back to back gardening programmes. It's sad but almost true.Our garden of course is a wee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2009

Denver Botanic Gardens
1005 York St
Denver, Colorado 80206
+1 720 865 3500

Colorado State Capitol Building

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Attraction | "Breaking into the State Capitol - by Accident"

Colorado State Capitol Building Photo, Denver, Colorado
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After nearly two weeks buzzing around Colorado, we realised that we'd hardly be able to hold our heads up high when we got home if we had to admit that we'd actually spent hardly any time in Denver. Just the day before we were due to leave, we'd still only been into the city once, to visit the botanic gardens. We'd undoubtedly look like idiots for being so close and seeing so little so we checked out the guide books and headed into the city – not entirely confidently as two weeks driving around the mountains hadn't really prepared us for big city driving.We had identified an area where we wanted to see several things and so we pointed our noses in roughly the right direction for the Capito...Read More

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Colorado State Capitol Building
200 East Colfax
Denver, Colorado 80203
+1 303 866 2604

Colorado State Capitol Building

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Attraction | "A Visit to Mr Brown's Attic and the Dome"

Colorado State Capitol Building Photo, Denver, Colorado
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After we'd completed the main tour of the Colorado State Capitol building, we were still interested enough that we wanted to take the second of the available free tours – the tour of the Dome and the exhibition called 'Mr Brown's Attic'. We'd previously been told that they couldn't guarantee we'd get in, but to just pop upstairs and see if there was space. This was typical of the relaxed spirit of the Capitol building – nobody seemed bothered that we were about to wander off on our own to try to get into the dome. Apparently they have to be quite careful to restrict the numbers on the dome tours because of fire safety regulations – you can't help but think about the havoc that would ensue if the fire ...Read More

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Colorado State Capitol Building
200 East Colfax
Denver, Colorado 80203
+1 303 866 2604

Denver Art Museum

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Attraction | "Denver Art Museum - a DAM Good Attraction"

Denver Art Museum Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Denver Art MuseumAfter leaving the Colorado State Capitol, we headed off for some lunch and then to the Denver Art Museum. My friend Kris who lives in Denver had shown me lots of photos of the museum but all taken from the outside – he was clearly more interested in the architecture than in the art inside. So I knew to expect some pretty funky architecture but nothing about the art collection.If you live in the UK where most of the major state museums and art galleries have free entry, having to pay a hefty entrance fee is a bit of a shock to the system. I've been to some of the galleries in New York so I knew to expect to pay a high price, but even so we were a bit taken aback...Read More

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Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Ave Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204
(303) 640 4433

Downtown Aquarium

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Attraction | "Tigers, Rays and Geckos at the Downtown Aquarium"

Downtown Aquarium Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Denver AquariumThe last stop on our desperate attempt to see as much of Denver as we could in just one day was a trip to the Downtown Aquarium. We'd done a bit of history at the State Capitol, had a hefty dose of culture at the Denver Art Museum and now we needed a seriously fishy experience to top off a great day out. I love big aquariums so I was quite excited to see what Denver would have to offer. However I've been to enough aquariums that I'm getting a bit picky about what I like and what I don't and I've become more than a little cynical about the ploys such places employ to try to make the already fascinating underwater world more accessible to the public.Challeng...Read More

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Downtown Aquarium
700 Water Street
Denver 80211
(303) 561-4450

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koshkha

koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom