Denver

Are you ready for an outdoorsy vacation experience over the holidays? Try Denver for a breath of fresh air. The Mile High City, a moniker representing its height of 5,280 feet above sea level, heats up during the fall and winter. Instead of heading indoors, Coloradans get outside and play amidst the gorgeous fall leaves and snow!

Downtown Denver Skyline with Fall Foliage 

 

Plan to visit to the Mile High City throughout the end of the year and enjoy the autumn and winter seasons of Colorful Colorado. After the first snow hits, often around Halloween, Denver's copper and gold-sequined leaves fade under a glittery-white blanket of frost. Not long after, the season for twinkling string lights, dazzling parades, outdoor ice skating, free festivities, heartwarming holiday theatrical productions such as ‘A Christmas Carol’, horse-drawn carriages and lively concerts begin.

Colorful Colorado Leaves and Snow

 

16th Street Mall, lit up for the holidays 


If snow sports are your thing, you won’t be disappointed. Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine and more than 400 inches of snow a year. Winter Park Resort is the closest major destination resort to Denver, offering easy access to skiers arriving at Denver International Airport (DEN). Just two hours from the airport, Winter Park offers surrounding mountain expanses and breathtaking scenery.  

Children learning to ski

 

Denver International Airport - Designed to look like Rocky Mountain snow peaks

 

When you want to venture inside, visit the Denver Art Museum with its famous American Indian art and Western art collections, or the Denver Mint which produces 10 billion coins a year. You can also shop at Cherry Creek Mall or have a staring contest with the giant blue bear sculpture from inside the Colorado Convention Center.

40-foot blue bear sculpture peering into the Denver Convention Center

 

Year-round, the Mile High City offers one of the world's most spectacular playgrounds. Learn more at https://www.denver.org/.