Denver, capitol city of Colorado is 677 miles from Oklahoma City north on I-35 to Salina, Kansas then west on I-70. The city is one mile [5248 ft.] high in elevation giving it its name the “mile high city.” The City’s greatest attraction is the view from its location at the east extreme of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Denver, capitol city of Colorado is 677 miles from Oklahoma City north on I-35 to Salina, Kansas then west on I-70. The city is one mile [5248 ft.] high in elevation giving it its name the “mile high city.” The City’s greatest attraction is the view from its location at the east extreme of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Golden is the western edge of Denver and home of Coors beer and where one begins ascending into the Rockies. [1] Boulder, 28 miles north, is home of the University of Colorado. [2] Downtown Denver is arranged around a giant civic center adjacent to the State Capitol. [3] Visitors can go up into the capitol dome for a great view of the City. Afterward, you can join workers having picnic lunches at noon around the civic center. There is a great art museum facing the plaza.

Unlike OKC, Denver did not level its old buildings the most notable of which left intact is the Daniels and Fishers Stores building. [4] Larimer Street downtown has been restored into Larimer Square, home of boutique stores and neat places to eat. The Brown Palace is an original that has been well maintained and worth a walk through the lobby. [5]

One of the city’s crown jewels is the 1908 Union Station nexus of multiple rail lines connecting the nation to the West. It hasn’t been restored because it was maintained in its original condition. We began our trip on the California Zephyr train to San Francisco from this station. It is a rare opportunity to step back into history.

Kids love the U.S. mint where one can view coins stamped from copper mined in the region—the reason the mint was located there. [Sorry, no free samples.][7]

The Oxford Hotel a block from Union Station is a functioning hotel. [8] Take the kids there to show them what hotels used to look alike and stay there before catching a train. It is within walking distance of the finest book store in the country e.g., the Tattered Cover.

The mammoth skeleton shown here [9] is in the biggest and best natural history museum west of NYC and Washington, DC. In it is a diorama depicting the meteorite that hit the earth 65 million years ago destroying the dinosaurs . Its various collections are so huge one could easily spend a week trying to view them. It is the best attraction in Denver My grandkids loved it.

Denver is home to the Denver Broncos football at the outskirts of downtown and the Rockies baseball team which plays downtown at Coors Field.[10] The home of Molly Brown of “Titanic” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” movie fame is a short drive from the capitol and a fine example of a nineteenth century home.[11]

You can park your car and enjoy downtown Denver using busses and or trolleys, the latter running in the center median of several downtown streets.