8 Ways to Make the Most of One Day in Denver

When it comes to exploring the Mile High City, there isn’t just one way to experience everything it has to offer. Everyone has different activities, tastes, and ideas of having fun that make a place extraordinary. That’s why we compiled a list of all of our favorite ways to spend one day in Denver! It’s full of the top things to do, places to eat, and sights to see if you only have 24 hours to explore our beautiful city. Whether you mix and match our highlights or follow one of our itineraries word for word, each attraction is a fantastic option for discovering all that Denver has to offer. For more things to do around the Mile High City, request our free Vacation Guide!

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The Best Way(s) to Spend One Day in Denver

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Start your day with a stroll through the lovely Denver Botanic Gardens. The five different gardens and several exhibits in this oasis in the center of town should keep you busy for most of the day if you want to explore all 24 of its beautiful acres. Afterward, head down the street for a delicious dinner at Atelier by Radex French Restaurant on 17th Ave.

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Spend your day discovering all of the great things to do in Denver before spending an evening out on the town. Enjoy an early dinner at Avenue Grill on 17th Ave. before taking a night walk through the Santa Fe Arts District.

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Another excellent choice is dinner at The Hornet on Broadway Ave. followed by dessert at Sweet Action. Then finish the night off with a visit to Dazzle for live jazz on Lincoln Ave.

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Jim’s Favorites

Spend your day checking out Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum, 30 minutes west of Castle Marne in Golden, CO before going for a walk through Red Rocks Park in Morrison. This fantastic park features gorgeous scenery and one of the most famous music venues in the country, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Then head back to Denver for dinner and cocktails at The Fort Restaurant.

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Another idea for a great evening scenario in Denver begins with drinks at Williams & Graham on Tejon St. before heading to dinner at Old Major. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth at Little Man Ice Cream on 16th Ave.

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Check out the Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Hall on 14th St. before taking a stroll to 15th and Wazee for drinks and appetizers at Deep Roots Winery and Bistro. Finish off your one day in Denver with a tasty dinner at Rio Grande Mexican on Blake St.

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Shop til you drop at the Cherry Creek Mall before grabbing some Mediterranean cuisine at Cafe Byblos on 4th. And Corona. After dinner, take a relaxing walk through the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Spend your day shopping at the 16th Street Mall in downtown before heading to the Green Russell speakeasy at 14th and Larimer St. for pre-dinner drinks. Cap off your one day in Denver with a meal at the Beast + Bottle on 17th Ave.

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Enjoy your day paddle boating and walking through Washington Park before treating yourself to dinner at Gozo on South Broadway. Head over to the Syntax Physic Opera for cocktails and a show.

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Erin’s Favorites

Walk over to the State Capitol building for a tour, then venture downtown to the Denver Mint for another tour. Cap off your historical stroll with a visit to the Molly Brown House Museum at 13th and Pennsylvania Ave.

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Cap Off Your Perfect Day in Denver With a Stay at Castle Marne!Castle Marne exterior

After you finish your touring on your one day in Denver, head back to historic and charming Castle Marne! Our well-appointed rooms and beautiful building make for a unique stay in the Mile High City. We are located in the heart of the Capitol Hill District, putting you within easy walking distance of the top attractions and sights in the area.

Check our availability to start planning your Denver getaway today! We can’t wait to meet you!