Travel site Kayak recently named Denver, Colorado, as the cheapest destination to visit this winter. The “Mile High City” also made it to the top of Kayak’s list of most wallet-friendly destinations for 2019.
To create its lists, the travel site analyzed searches for Denver on its website over the course of six months, focusing on users who took round-trip economy flights. It found that the median airfare cost for trips to the city is $196.
But low-cost flights aren’t even the best part of visiting Denver. The city is home to multiple museums, impressive parks, and a variety of shopping centers. From Denver’s historic Larimer Square district to the lush Washington Park, here are 12 photos that will make you want to book a trip sooner rather than later.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an inexpensive option for art enthusiasts.
The museum, which is also known as MCA Denver, only costs $8 to enter for adults and displays contemporary work created by regional, national, and international artists.
Even better, adults can enter for a discounted price of $5 after 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays while teens and children under the age of 18 always enter for free.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis of nature, even in the middle of the winter.
Technically, the park is split into two sections: the D enver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, and the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. Combined, the two sections are spread over 700 acres, and houseplants that are both native and representative of the world.
Tourists typically flock to the gardens in the spring and summer months, but there’s just as much to see in the winter, such as the indoor conservatory and frozen Monet Pool.
Travelers seeking shopping and nightlife will want to head to Denver’s historic Larimer Square district.
On Larimer Square’s website, the district is described as one of the oldest and most historic in Denver. In the winter, visitors can keep warm indoors in one of the area’s many independent shops and restaurants.
You can stay warm by touring the Denver Mint, a branch of the United States Mint.
Tours of the Denver Mint are free and open to adults and children over the age of seven. However, if you’re visiting during peak travel times such as Christmas and winter break, be prepared to spend several hours waiting in line for a ticket.
According to the US Mint’s website, people are known to wait in line as early as 5 a.m. on its busiest days.
The Denver Art Museum provides a nice retreat from the city’s cold weather.
The museum has a wide variety of artwork for visitors to discover, including photography, textile art, and historical pieces.
Architecture enthusiasts will also appreciate the museum’s unique geometric structure, which is visible indoors.
Spend hours exploring the unique stores in Denver’s Union Station.
Though Union Station is more than 100 years old, its stores and restaurants are completely modern.
Visitors can buy everything from locally-made jewelry to books sold by an independent retailer. The station also houses unique coffee shops and dessert bars.
Seeing the Colorado Avalanche play at Denver’s Pepsi Center is worth the experience, even if you’re not a hockey fan.
That said, if sports aren’t really your thing, the indoor venue also hosts concerts throughout the year.