There is a misconception out there that Denver, Colorado is located within the Rocky Mountains. While it is true that Denver, Colorado is often associated with the Rocky Mountains, the city itself is technically located at the western end of the Great Plains section of the United States.
However, the city is only a few miles away from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the city is close enough to the Rocky Mountains that you will be able to view the mountain peaks from various vantages within the city. One of the tours of Denver being offered is a unique tour that offers a combination of city and mountain parks tour.
This combo tour is called Denver Mountain Parks and City Tour Combo. This tour is offered by Gray Line. This tour is split into two sections.
Mountain Parks Section
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Red Rocks Park
Your first stop on this section of the tour is Red Rocks Park. Red Rocks Park is renowned for its red sandstone formations that inspires the name of this park. This park is also host to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre which is a world class outdoors venue that is used to host many concerts and other events.
Bear Creek Canyon Drive And Lookout Mountain
Next, you will head up the Bear Creek Canyon Drive (State Highway 74) which is a road that connects the two scenic towns of Morrison and Idledale. Along the route, you can spot wildlife such as elks, deer, and buffaloes. You will eventually arrive at Lookout Mountain Park where you will get to visit the Buffalo Bill Cody Grave Site and Museum.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
The next stop will be at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center located in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver. This is a unique shopping district that houses many luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Neiman Marcus. This is the last stop for this section of the tour. So, this is your opportunity to eat lunch and go shopping before transitioning into the second section of the tour.
Denver Highlights Section
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Your first stop on this section of the tour is the City Park. This is a large urban park that is located just east of downtown Denver.
There are a few attractions located within City Park. These attractions include the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ferril and Duck Lakes, and a boathouse. There is also a golf course right across from City Park called the City Park Golf Course. However, this golf course is currently temporarily closed in order to undergo renovations.
Colorado State Capitol
Next, you will be heading to the Colorado State Capitol. This is a beautiful, domed building located just south of downtown Denver. The building is surrounded by breathtaking landscaping.
This is where the Colorado state legislature and governor’s office is located. The capitol is noted for its gold dome which is made of real gold leaf. The capitol is where Denver got its nickname, The Mile High City, due to the elevation measurement at the steps to the building.
Up next on this section of the tour is the Denver Mint. This is a branch of the United States Mint. The Denver Mint is renowned for producing coins for circulation, mint sets, and commemorative coins. The coins produced at the Denver Mint bears the letter “D” on them.
Denver Art Museum
You will then be heading to the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum is a world class art museum located in the Civic Center area just south of downtown Denver. This art museum is especially noteable for its collection of American Indian art. This is one of the largest art museum between Chicago and the West Coast of the United States.
That concludes the combo tour called the Denver Mountain Park and City Tour Combo. By the time you have completed the combo tour, you will have gone through a mixture of city and natural attractions. This combo tour will last a total of nine hours. This combo tour is priced at $90. You can purchase the combo tour here.
Hotel Options in Denver
Are you looking for a place to lay your head at? If so, I have got your back. Even though there are plenty of hotels in the Denver area for you to choose from, I will be discussing two hotel options for you to book your stay at in Denver. I will be focusing on downtown Denver here.
Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown
The Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown is a hotel located in the heart of downtown Denver. The hotel is located just one block away from the charming 16th Street Mall which is the hub for shopping in downtown Denver. The hotel’s lobby warmly welcomes guest with its linear stacked sandstone fireplaces.
There is an outdoors running track and tennis court available for your use at this hotel. The hotel’s swimming pool is available indoors. There is also a fitness center that is available for you to use 24 hours per day. So, you can use the fitness center just about anytime.
There is an in-house restaurant at the hotel called “courier. kitchen” that is designed around the theme of a contemporary newsroom. This restaurant serves New American classics along with buffet-style and lunch dishes involving fresh regional ingredients and cage-free eggs. There are also two bars located in-house at the hotel called “courier.bar” and “Fireside The Bar”
If you are looking to order a sandwich and/or salad to go, you can do so at an in-house restaurant called “courier. market”. A branch of Starbucks Coffee is also available in-house at the hotel.
Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with a sweeping view of downtown Denver and is equipped with signature beds called the Hyatt Grand Beds. There is also in-room dining services available. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have WiFi available. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $127 to $547. Feel free to go here if you want to book a stay and/or view photos.
Crowne Plaza Denver
The Crowne Plaza Denver is a hotel located in the heart of downtown Denver about two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. The hotel just recently completed a renovation project. There is a swimming pool located at the hotel’s rooftop offering a breathtaking view of downtown Denver’s skyscrapers. There is also a fitness center available to use 24 hours a day.
Pets are welcome at the hotel although there are fees applied for them. Laundry services is available here at the hotel. In addition to English, the hotel’s staff can speak French, Italian, and Spanish. A restaurant and bar is located in-house at the hotel. The restaurant and bar is called “The Lockwood Kitchen and Bar”. This restaurant and bar offers a menu of classic American fare.
There is WiFi available in each room in the hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms come with a mini fridge for you to store your food and beverages in. In-room dining service is also offered in all the rooms here at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $126 to $334. You can book your stay and/or view some photos by heading here.
What are your thoughts? Have you been to Denver yet? Feel free to leave a comment below.