Denver's Top Ten Photo Ops According to VISIT DENVER

Denver is one of the most photogenic cities in the country.

But what are the top spots in the Mile High City for photo opportunities?

VISIT DENVER, the city's tourist bureau, has picked out its top ten.

Check out the agency's photo-illustrated picks, featuring VISIT DENVER text.
2250 15th St.
THE VIEW: Denver was founded at this park, which marks the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. There is always a lot of activity here: two of the city's longest bike trails merge here and there are frequently kayakers shooting rapids on the South Platte with the skyline of Denver in the background. To get the city skyline in the background, Confluence is best photographed in the afternoon.

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
THE VIEW: The eye-popping Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum opened just a few years ago, but it has rapidly become a true icon for the city - and an extremely popular spot for visitors and locals alike to get their picture taken. Its bold, jagged look was inspired by the Rocky Mountain and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver. If you're behind the lens, you may have to get a low-angle shot to capture its grandeur in full.

THE VIEW: Civic Center Park (101 W. 14th St.) is a pleasant oasis in the heart of the city with expansive green lawns and flower gardens with the magnificent gold-domed Colorado State Capitol Building (200 E. Colfax Ave.) in the distance. There are several "Old West" statues in the park by Alexander Phimister Proctor including a cowboy on a bucking bronco that make great settings of "old and new" west. The views from the park can include the Denver Art Museum, the City & County Building or Denver's modern skyline.

18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
THE VIEW: Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park is a 9,000-seat amphitheatre that is carved out of 300-foot high red sandstone monuments. Besides the amphitheatre, there are acres and acres of huge red rocks in dramatic formations. Everyone from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen has played "the Rocks." Get some shots of the venue and stage, but also get some panoramic pics of Denver and the plains from the top of the Amphitheatre.

South central Denver (bordered by Virginia Ave. on the north, Downing St. on the west, Louisiana Ave. on the south, and Franklin St. on the east)
THE VIEW: Denver's favorite park is extremely photogenic, with two lakes, two formal flower gardens, bike and pedal boat rentals and thousands of joggers and bicyclists. Washington Park is a great place to capture the spirit of this city that loves the outdoors and recreation.

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