Denver: the name itself conjures up images of vast, majestic mountains, spectacular views and breezy weather. True to this common view of the city, Denver, Colorado has lots to offer for outdoorsy types. If you're not cut out for high-intensity hiking, you can discover the history and natural features of the area with the Georgetown Loop Railroad
. Also, you can explore the Rocky Mountains with the highest paved auto road in North America, Mount Evans
, and then make your way to Rocky Mountain National Park
If you want to combine taking in the natural beauty of Colorado with a healthy dash of culture, look no further than a concert at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
, a stunning venue for any lover of both music and rocky landscapes. Or, enjoy the summer concert series at the Denver Botanic Gardens
. Bring a picnic dinner along with family and friends for a delightful evening out.
For high fashion lovers, the Denver-exclusive Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective exhibition
is a must-see. It's only open through July 8, so make your plans soon. Book one of the YSL hotel packages, and skip the lines with two complimentary VIP undated, untimed tickets and two audio tours (a $60 value). The one-of-a kind exhibition offers an in-depth look at Yves Saint Laurent's stylish designs, including 200 outfits.
To cap off a great summer in Denver, watch the excitement of the toughest bike race on U.S. soil: the USA Pro Challenge
, on August 26. It's sure to set your heart racing!
Whether you're looking for high rides or haute couture, Denver has a summer adventure waiting for you.
Photo at left: Yves Saint Laurent, Black Velvet Sheath Dress, Paris Rose Satin Bow, Paris Haute Couture Collection, Fall-Winter 1983. © Foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo by Gilles Tapie.