Discover the adventures awaiting you more than 5,200 feet above sea level in Denver, Colorado’s capital and the largest city in the Rocky Mountains area. There’s plenty to see and do in this fast-growing metropolis where cosmopolitan experiences meet the grandeur of the great outdoors. If you get just one day in Denver, make sure you tick the following exciting items off your bucket list.

Early Morning: Grab Breakfast at a Local Bakery

There’s nothing like a carb-loaded treat at one of Denver’s bakeries to lure you out of bed in the morning. Arriving early means you’ll get the pick of the baked goods at these popular establishments. The Bagel Store brings the charm of a New York Jewish bakery to Denver’s Little Russia neighborhood. The bagels are legendary, but the challahs and bobka are also worthy of a stop. Enjoy Scandinavian treats at Taste of Denmark, which serves danishes, strudel, kringel, croissants, and much more each morning. Owners Ronny Tronoe and Diana Honoe honed their craft at some of Denmark’s best pastry schools, so you know what they’re serving is world-class.

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The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

Midmorning: Visit a Museum

There’s no better way to start your sightseeing in Denver than learning more about its past at one of the local museums. They’re relatively quiet in the mornings, so you shouldn’t have to fight through the crowds to see the exhibitions. History Colorado Center tells stories of the state through dynamic exhibitions and artifacts. The Denver Firefighters Museum, located in the historic Fire Station No. 1, celebrates the efforts of these brave men and women through the ages. The Forney Museum of Transportation and Denver Museum of Contemporary Art are also worth a look.

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Coors Field.

Noon: Tour and Taste at a Microbrewery

Lunchtime provides another opportunity for sightseeing in Denver when you visit the city’s microbreweries. The Black Shirt Brewing Co. has a pizza kitchen, the Great Divide Brewing Co. has food trucks at both Ball Park and Rino locations, and Wynkoop Brewing Co. serves pub grub. With a full stomach, swing by the taprooms where you can sample the freshly brewed beers. Great Divide Brewing Co. and Wynkoop Brewing Co. also run guided tours to let you observe the brewing processes and learn more about the local ales.

Afternoon: Stretch Your Legs in The Rocky Mountains

No visit to Denver would be complete without exploring the Rocky Mountains. Exploring the trails is the perfect way to work off your lunch and those pints. Make sure you take your camera; the waterfalls and the views from Mount Evans provide priceless photo opportunities.

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Larimer Square in Denver.

Late Afternoon: Shop Up a Storm

Where you love to browse or want to take home some souvenirs of your stay in Denver, the city’s downtown area provides ample opportunities for retail therapy. Hit historic Larimer Square for sophisticated apparel and accessories. At the end of Larimer Square, you’ll find the 16th Street Mall, where brand name stores sit alongside charming independent outlets. The free shuttle bus, which runs the length of the mall, helps you save your legs when your purchases start weighing you down.

Dinnertime: Tantalize Your Taste Buds at a Gourmet Restaurant

After a busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting down at a restaurant where you’re totally pampered. Denver’s fine dining establishments rival those in any foodie hotspot. Barolo Grill has been a city institution since the mid-’90s, praised for its Northern Italian food and extensive wine selection. The handcrafted pastas are exquisite, and diners always rave about the crème Brulee. At Mizuna, you’ll find superb American fare with a French twist. The addition of indulgent lobster makes the mac ‘n’ cheese one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Colt & Gray shows diners the delights of eating nose to tail. Bring your sense of adventure to sample exciting meals made from pig trotters, beef tongue, and duck testicles.

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Union Station in Denver.

Late Night: Party in the LoDo District

Denver’s lower downtown neighborhood, known to the locals as LoDo, is the place to be when the sun goes down. Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto is like no bar you’ve ever been to, with its fantastical Tim Burton-esque decor and creative cocktails including the Gummy Bear Orgy and Blue Bubble Gum Cosmo. The Crimson Room is a jazz club, although it mixes things up with a blues jam every Tuesday. DJs keep the music pumping until late at Beta Nightclub and Tryst Lounge.

With a temperate climate and 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s always a great time to discover Denver. Start planning your Mile High City getaway today, right here on GoDoTrip.