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Planning Your Trip

Whether you’re planning a family ski vacation or a sightseeing adventure around Denver, the Mile High City offers an array of year-round activities. Here is what to pack so you arrive ready to explore.

What to Pack

Don't Forget: Bring your baseball glove. Certain nearby fields boost an outlandish number of home runs and pop-fly balls because of the altitude. If you plan to go to a game, make sure to bring your leather and be ready as soon as you hear the pop-crack of a batter making solid contact.

Winter Vacation

The views of snow-topped mountains and the snow-laced sidewalks will dazzle visitors to Denver in winter. It is truly America’s winter wonderland, but you should be prepared for all that Father Winter can deliver.

Denver winter weather can be unpredictable, so a jacket with ventilation zippers is convenient for covering up or airing out as necessary.

Insulated but fashionable boots with traction are a must. Denver is a great walking city — even in winter — so keep your feet toasty as you explore its boutiques or craft breweries.

Convertible mittens are a lifesaver on cold days. Snap back the tops when inside, then cover up your digits when you plunge back into the refreshing but cold mountain air.     

Outdoor Adventure

Denver is a launch pad for adventures of all kinds, from skiing in Beaver Creek to hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and road biking from Copper Mountain to Frisco. Here are the essentials to pack.

A light-down jacket can fold easily into a day bag or tie around your waist. Whether you’re hiking or biking, the weather can shift without warning and it is best to be prepared.

Bring high-powered binoculars for observing wildlife while on hikes or boating trips. Mountain goats, moose, and elk are frequently spotted in the areas and parks around Denver.

In summer, bring sturdy sports sandals that wrap around the ankle for a water-based adventure such as a scenic sunset paddle on Sloan’s Lake.

Exploring the City

From the 16th Street Mall to fashionable LoDo, there are lots to see and do in Denver. Take in a baseball game, a basketball game, or a hockey game.

Whether you plan to spend a day shopping, hiking, or on a cultural excursion, bring a lightweight tote or day pack that leaves your hands free.

Hiking boots are a smart choice for the Rocky Mountains trails, which are rugged enough to require solid footwear that protects your ankles and supports your knees.

Sunscreen seems like an odd thing to bring to the Midwest, but you are much closer to the sun in the Mile High City, so make sure your skin is protected.  

A magnificent blue bear statue seems to peer inside the Colorado Convention Center
A magnificent blue bear statue seems to peer inside the Colorado Convention Center
What to Reserve

Make your Denver getaway one to remember. From romantic restaurants to resplendent hikes, it pays to plan ahead. Here is your guide to the best experiences and most coveted reservations in and around the city.

Kayakers on manmade rapids
Kayakers on manmade rapids

With ballparks and bike paths, mountains, museums, and a mouthwatering culinary scene, Denver can surprise even the most sophisticated traveler. Plan the perfect vacation with one of these compelling itineraries, or use them to jumpstart your own customized getaway.