Denver Off the Beaten Path
By AAA Travel Editor Frank Swanson | May 23, 2023
You won't need to travel far if you're looking for things to do in Denver that are off the beaten path. Take a look at our list of lesser known attractions; they're all conveniently located downtown.
Avanti Food & Beverage
3200 Pecos St.
Northwest of downtown Denver is the LoHi (Lower Highland) neighborhood, known for both its historic charm and modern apartment buildings as well as for being a foodie destination. One of the district’s standouts is Avanti Food & Beverage, a hip two-story food hall with seven diverse restaurants offering tasty fare ranging from poke bowls and arepas to gourmet pizzas and hamburgers. A rooftop deck and a bar on each level create a festive atmosphere that attracts locals who want to kick back at the end of the workday. Another highlight: guests order at windows cut into the sides of steel shipping containers, which makes Avanti feel like a fun, indoor food truck event.
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Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St.
Although it is literally within the shadow of the Denver Art Museum (one of the city’s top places to see), the Clyfford Still Museum is easily overlooked—but shouldn’t be. Housed within a very cool modern building are artworks created by abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still, a giant in the mid-20th-century modern art world. Even if large canvases painted in two or three colors leave you scratching your head, the museum is worth a visit just to see the dramatic interior spaces bathed in natural light filtered through concrete webbing.Read More
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Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd.
Near the River North Art District—nicknamed “RiNo” by locals and ground zero for Denver’s thriving art scene—the Forney Museum of Transportation shows off a huge collection of antique cars along with bicycles, carriages, motorcycles and sleighs. Don’t miss Amelia Earhart’s canary yellow 1923 Kissel Speedster, which she drove cross country from Los Angeles to Boston in 1924. Afterward you can check out RiNo’s craft breweries, cutting-edge art galleries and wildly colored street murals. An evening in the edgy neighborhood is one of the city’s countless fun things to do with friends.Read More
History Colorado Center
1200 BroadwayIf it weren’t for the name engraved in extra-large-size letters above the entrance, you might mistake AAA GEM® History Colorado Center for a high-tech government laboratory. Don’t let its Space Age exterior fool you. Inside are hundreds of historic objects—many quite ancient—as well as interactive child-friendly displays that will teach you all about Centennial State history. Although the center is among the city’s fun things to do with kids, many exhibits also will appeal to adults.Read More
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St.
The first thing you need to know about “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” who famously survived the Titanic disaster, was that her name was Margaret, not Molly. The second thing you should know is that one of Denver’s many fun things to do downtown is to tour her beautifully restored Victorian Eclectic home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. You’ll learn all about this very unconventional woman, who is remembered as a philanthropist, social activist and patron of the arts. You’ll also discover how far the 1960s musical strayed from the facts of her remarkable life.Read More