Photos: Denver's top eleven hidden tourism gems
Last month, we shared a post about Denver's top twelve tourist attractions based on attendance, as calculated by Visit Denver.
But what about those places that are well worth checking out but aren't nearly as well known as Red Rocks and the 16th Street Mall? Visit Denver's Denver.org site features a top-eleven list (because ten just weren't enough) of what it describes as "hidden gems." Look below to see its picks, complete with photos, contact info and Visit Denver text.
Dikeou Collection 1615 California Street, Suite 515 Denver, CO 80202 303 623-3001 There's nowhere else you're going to see a pair of inflatable, 16-foot-tall rubber bunnies, right? One of the Mile High City's most fascinating art locales, The Dikeou Collection is a private collection of contemporary art, with photography, drawings, sculptures, and installations by more than 25 artists from around the world. Free and open to the public, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys 1880 Gaylord Street Denver, CO 80206 (303) 322-1053 An incredible collection of miniatures, dolls and toys ranging from the 16th century to modern times, this museum fills all ages with a sense of wonder. The collection includes Japanese dolls, giant teddy bears, minutely detailed antique dollhouses, and tiny trains, planes and cars.
Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum 7711 E. Academy Boulevard Denver, CO 80230 303 360-5360 x104 Located in a 150,000-square-foot 1930s-era former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies is heaven for the aerospace enthusiast. The museum is home to more than three-dozen historic airplanes and space vehicles, including a massive B-52 Stratofortress, a 1926 Eaglerock "longwing," and — Star Wars fans take note — an X-Wing fighter.
Byers-Evans House Museum 1310 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80204 303 620-4933 One of Denver's great historic homes, built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher Williams Byers and sold in 1889 to the family of William Gray Evans, an officer of the Denver Tramway Company, the Byers-Evans House Museum offers keen insight into the early days of Denver. Guided tours take visitors through the elegant residence, richly filled with original Evans family furnishings.
Brown Palace Hotel Spa 321 17th Street Denver, CO 80202 303 297-3111 After then-unheard of construction costs of $1.6 million, downtown Denver's Brown Palace opened its doors on August 12th, 1892 — and hasn't closed them for a single moment since. This luxurious four-star hotel remains one of the city's crown jewels today with its stunning stained glass atrium lobby, extravagant suites and four extraordinary dining venues.
Rockmount Ranch Wear 1626 Wazee Street Denver, CO 80202 303 629-7777 A Denver original, fashion pioneer and CEO of Rockmount Ranch Wear, Papa Jack Weil — who passed away in 2008 at the grand old age of 107 — invented the western snap-button shirt and opened shop back in 1946. He sold his shirts to presidents and rock stars alike, including Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. Stop by the flagship store and museum to browse the incredible selection of Western-style shirts, hats and accessories.
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