Whether you’re a new visitor, or a long time resident, Denver boasts a ton of Insta-worthy sites. It’s got something for everybody. So whether you’re a travel blogger, foodie, or anything in between; you won’t run out of places to take pictures in Denver. So get ready for sunshine and fresh mountain air as we take a closer look at the mile high city.
1. Colorado Convention Center
One of the most iconic spots in downtown Denver, the Colorado Convention Center on 14th Street between California and Stout is home to one of the most Instagrammable spots in a city, the Big Blue Bear. Colorado has a bit of a thing for big blue animals (see: Blucifer), but the 40-foot Bear is by far the cutest. Installed back in 2005, this beloved Denver icon has hundreds of visitors a day. He even has his own Instagram account! Give him a follow @cccbluebear.
2. The Mile High Step
When they call Denver the mile high city, they aren’t kidding. You can actually stand exactly 5,280 feet above sea level at the city’s famous Mile High Step. Located on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, this marker is a must snap for visitors. While you’re there, don’t forget to turn around. The Capitol steps also boast a breathtaking view of the mountains surrounding Denver. It’s actually against state law to block it.
3. Coors Field
Opened in the 90s, but with the feel of a classic ballpark, Coors Field is a great and inexpensive place to get great shots (and catch a game). There are a lot of places in the stadium to snap some good pics, but special mention goes to the mile-high elevation purple seats. Afterwards, you can grab some great beer at the rooftop bar. A recent addition, the bar also has a fantastic view of the surrounding Denver skyline.
4. Daniels & Fisher Clocktower
When it was built way back in 1910, the Daniels & Fisher Clocktower was the tallest structure between Mississippi and California. It may no longer hold that title, but the clocktower is still a beloved and iconic part of the Denver skyline. In fact it’s now part of the National Register of Historic Places. The clocktower is lit at night, so you can snap that pic any time of day. Try out a low angle shot for that dramatic effect.
5. Stanley Market
If you’re the type of person that likes hidden gems, you should check out the Stanley Market. This eclectic collection of 50 plus independent local businesses is still a relatively unknown spot to out-of-towners; so if you want to show your followers a part of Denver they haven’t seen before, this is the place to go.
6. Union Station
Any list of iconic places to take pictures in Denver would be incomplete without mentioning Union Station. An unmissable part of lower downtown Denver, the station is lively hub of hustle. Particularly picturesque when seen from the corner of Blake and 17th streets, Union Station’s numerous shops and restaurants are a great place to do a bit of exploring. Don’t forget to snap a pic under its famous terminal sign!
7. Landmark’s Mayan Theatre
If you’re like me and have a thing for old-timey movie theatres, you’re going to want to check out the Mayan Theatre. Located on Broadway, this 1930s era theatre is a wonderful example of the Art Deco Mayan Revival style. True devotees should make sure to get a picture of its beautiful marquee at night.
8. RiNo District Street Art
Denver is a city with a ton of great street art, and the RiNo District is home to many of them. There are literally thousands of Instagrammable spots, so make sure you pack your walking shoes for this one. You can wander up and down the district’s alleyways, happily snapping away. The murals change every year during the Crush event.
9. The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
Built in 1892, the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa has played host to many famous people, including multiple US presidents, Elvis, The Beatles, and local celebrity “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. Its distinctive triangular architecture lends itself to unique shots that will have your followers hitting like.
10. The Molly Brown House Museum
Colorado has produced a lot of famous people, but few are as beloved as the irrepressible Margaret Brown aka “Molly Brown”. Known for her generous philanthropy and surviving the sinking of the Titanic, she is still popular today. You can visit her house, where you can also learn about Colorado’s early days.
11. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
The stunning vista of the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is an absolute must-see for any visitor to the mile high city. Located just a few miles away from the Denver city center, the amphitheatre’s titular red rocks provide a dramatic venue for concerts and film screenings.
As the Unsinkable Molly Brown once said, “I am a daughter of adventure”, and her home city certainly caters to visitors and travelers seeking just that. I hope this list inspires you to make your way to the mile high city by the mountains. And with Instagram, your followers can all come along for the ride! Happy travels!