Of all the cities you could visit in America, few can boast the natural beauty and family-friendly nature of Denver, Co. While most cities have soaring skylines and a cold, stark demeanor, Denver rises above a mountain backdrop that is truly breath-taking. To make this city even more enticing, it has a list of family-friendly attractions that goes on forever. Here are just four reasons to bring your whole family:
1. The Mountains
Rocky Mountain National Park is only about a 90 minute drive from the city, so when you plan your family’s itinerary in Denver, be sure and include a ride out to this majestic site. Make sure everyone brings a phone or camera, to capture the amazing views, along with a mountain goat (Oreamnos Americanus) or two, if you’re lucky enough to see them. You might also consider a family hike on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, while you’re in the neighborhood.
2. The Museums
From the Denver Art Museum to the Museum of Nature and Science, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy something at these stops. From Dinosaurs to famous international masterpieces, the museum scene in Denver is not to be missed.
Whether your children are looking for the latest in fashion or technology or you and your spouse want souvenirs for everyone back home, you’ll all find what you want at the 16th Street Mall. Stop for a bite to eat or hop aboard a free mall shuttle, but don’t miss this exciting shopping center on your trip to Denver.
4. The Denver Zoo
Most especially if your family loves animals, you must make the Denver Zoo a priority on your to-do list. The zoo is fashioned after a real animal preserve in Africa and home to many exotic and beautiful animals. Your family can enjoy a train ride through the zoo or to make everyone say “Aaaaw!”, stop by the zoo’s nursery and see the baby animals.
Denver truly is a great city for a family visit, with the most inspiring scenery, along with so many things for parents and their kids to enjoy. Plan on staying at least a few days, to catch all that the Mile High city has to offer and don’t be surprised if you don’t want to leave, when it’s time to pack up and return home.