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Denver Vacations

Denver, Colorado

Your Denver vacation

Denver is the culture and adventure hub of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City is in the midst of a cultural and culinary boom that has everyone talking. From chef-owned restaurants to world-renowned museums, from upscale shopping to remarkable theater, Denver’s renaissance has travelers flocking to this iconic western city to experience all the city has to offer.

Best time to take a vacation to Denver

  • Best Time to Go

    During the summer, temperatures can rise to the 90s Fahrenheit during the afternoon, though evenings are often cooler due to the altitude. Snowfall is common between October and March, although that same snow often alternates with warm sunny days. Summer is the peak time for visitors, so if you want to save a little cash on hotels and attractions, November-March may be the time to go, for skiing and exploring the winter landscape.

    There seems to be a festival occurring annually almost every month of the year in Denver, with the exception of August, when thunderstorms make event planning difficult at best.

Insider tips for Denver travel

  • Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

    With air and space exhibits stretching from a B-52 "flying fortress" to a Star Wars x-wing fighter, this museum is nirvana for aeronautics buffs.

  • Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

    This amazing spa, hotel, and dining area opened in 1892 and maintains its late Victorian appeal to this day.

  • Dikeou Collection

    A private contemporary art gallery full of photos, drawings and installations, including 16-foot tall rubber inflatable rabbits.

  • Rockmount Ranch Wear

    This company invented the snap-front western shirt; this flagship store and museum displays an amazing number of western-style shirts, accessories, and hats.

  • Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art

    Containing over 3,000 works of the decorative artists from Arts & Crafts movement to Modern and Pop art, this interesting museum showcases the work of Vance Kirkland.

Denver events

  • Make it a weekend

    Rock out downtown during Denver Day of Rock, a free Memorial Day music festival. Browse 230 artists' booths at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival during Fourth of July weekend. See the big finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Downtown Denver on August 28th. Weekends are packed with excitement this summer.

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Denver Vacation Packages

Hotel only $135

1 Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

4 stars
4.4 / 5 345 reviews

650 15th St Map

Seasonal Savings include 50% off breakfast buffet

High-brow accommodations with majestic Rocky Mountain viewsEnjoy mesmerizing views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains from the loft-style ambiance of this centrally located, highly rated, and smoke-free hotel, where lucky guests here enjoy remarkable service and... More

Hotel only $186

2 Hotel Teatro

4 stars
4.4 / 5 118 reviews

1100 14th Street Map

World-class boutique hotel in the heart of DenverZagat rates the Hotel Teatro one of the top 500 hotels in the world and the best in Denver, which comes as no surprise to guests who visit and return. Located in the heart of bustling downtown Denver, Hotel Teatro is just... More

Hotel only $119

3 GRAND HYATT DENVER

4 stars
4.2 / 5 202 reviews

1750 Welton St Map

Includes Internet Access, Full Breakfast & more

Expect the best and leave impressed with superior four-diamond qualityThe place to stay for the traveler who expects the highest quality lodging, service, and dining available, the smoke-free Grand Hyatt Denver has it all. Upon entering the lobby of this gorgeous... More

Hotel only $169

4 Warwick Denver Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 245 reviews

1776 Grant St. Map

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

Outstanding service at this Denver hotel with a calm uptown vibePossessing the "it" factor, the Warwick offers style, class and amazing service. Pay less here than in downtown Denver and use the extra cash to shop and explore the city's most popular attractions, all less... More

Hotel only $189

5 The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.3 / 5 46 reviews

321 17th Street Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Uniquely designed Denver hotel  Brown Palace Hotel & Spa Denver has been voted one of the world's leading hotels, holds an AAA four-diamond award, and over the years has welcomed guests from all over the world. The hotel features amazing architecture, six... More

Hotel only $208

6 Monaco Denver, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 81 reviews

1717 Champa Street Map

Save 40% on your stay

Experience an eclectic confluence of old and new at Monaco Denver - a Kimpton HotelThe Monaco Denver - a Kimpton Hotel, set in two renovated historical buildings, literally and figuratively combines a lavish past with modern functionality for an eclectic Denver property... More

Hotel only $250

7 The Oxford Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 31 reviews

1600 17th St Map

Historic boutique hotel: Downtown Denver crown jewelListed on the National Register of Historic Places, this luxury boutique hotel is a primary fixture in downtown Denver's colorfully canvassed history. Denver's first hotel offers history buffs a taste of the past and a... More

Hotel only $209

8 The Westin Denver Downtown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 49 reviews

1672 Lawrence Street Map

Save 15% on your stay

Rocky mountain urban luxury with rooftop pool and classic diningRenovated in 2009, the luxurious Westin Tabor Center is a short stroll from the renowned 16th Street pedestrian mall, Denver Performing Arts Center and Convention Center. Professional sports venues are also... More

Hotel only $149

9 Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 167 reviews

1550 Court Place Map

Save 20% on your stay

Elevate your Rocky Mountain stay with modern sophisticationGuests have room to work and space to enjoy the mountain air at the Sheraton Denver. After a $70 million makeover, Sheraton offers 133,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and sophisticated guest rooms with a... More

Hotel only $169

10 Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

918 17th Street Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center provides guests with a modern experience in one of Colorados most historic buildings. The hotel features 221 guestrooms and nine suites; 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; a fitness center; and range, new american west - an... More

Denver highlights

  • Explore the outdoors

    Take an early morning hike or experience a concert under the stars at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Take a daytrip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Ride a historic narrow gauge railroad through the Rockies. Cruise miles of trails on a bike from B-cycle or enjoy dozens of other outdoor activities.

  • Bring the kids

    Come face to face with a Komodo dragon at the Denver Zoo. Enjoy 45 rides at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. Watch the Rapids defend professional soccer's MLS Cup, or cheer on the Rockies at Coors Field! Denver is filled with fun for families.

  • Be inspired a mile high

    Dig into the world of Marvelous Mud at the Denver Art Museum. See internationally-acclaimed Native American outdoor sculptures at the lush Botanic Gardens. Discover the Real Pirates exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Those are just a few ways to enjoy Denver's creative side.

  • Enjoy the night

    From innovative cuisine in chef-owned restaurants, bistros and outdoor cafes in Larimer Square, to hip clubs and late-night lounges in the South of Colfax Nightlife District. Whether you dance the night away to live music or sample culinary offerings in restaurants and stylish wine bars, Denver's ambiance and energy guarantee you'll find the perfect place to spend your evening.

  • Black American West Museum

    Explore the history of African-American cowboys and farmers; this small museum is located in the former home of the first African-American female doctor in Denver.

  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center

    Even if you can't catch a show here, take a tour of this wonderful natural amphitheatre, or walk or bike the trails around it.

  • 16th Street Pedestrian Mall

    Spend time people watching in this mall; after dark, catch a horse drawn carriage for a romantic trip down cobblestone paths.

  • Flying Dog Brewery

    Take a tour of this local tap house and brewery and enjoy one-of-a-kind local Colorado ales.

  • Denver Botanical Gardens

    Prefer plants to animals? Escape for a while and explore the 700 species of native Colorado plants and other western flora.

  • Denver Zoo

    With an Asian village and the opportunity to get close to the animals, the Denver zoo is a great place for a family visit.

  • Pedal Boating on Smith Lake

    Sitting in Washington Park is Smith Lake; rent a pedal boat and explore the scenery from on the lake.

  • History Colorado Center

    One of the newer cultural attractions in Denver, History Colorado brings Colorado history alive through hands-on exhibits and programs for everyone.

  • Denver Art Museum

    Within the two very different buildings of this art museum is an amazing collection, ranging from Native American art to that of the Old European Masters.

  • Introduction

    Denver is a place full of natural beauty, and a cultural center, with shows, classical concerts, museums, and historic mining towns. Run the rapids through downtown at Confluence Park during the day and go see the Colorado Ballet in the evening. Take a walking tour of downtown and stop at one of the art museums, then dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs.

    Let Orbitz help you plan your Denver vacation by helping you find discounts and the best times to come visit for festivals, and giving you information about restaurants and clubs.

  • Venice Ristorante Italiano

    Leave the kids with friends and splurge on an expensive romantic Italian dinner, but remember to make reservations.