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Photos: Denver's top twelve tourist attractions

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According to Visit Denver, the Mile High City set a tourism record in 2012, with the number of visitors and spending at an all-time high.

The organization also drills down to reveal the top twelve tourist attractions in the city -- and the most popular ones, as well as the order in which they appear, are apt to surprise plenty of folks. Count them down below -- and see a graphic and more information about the tourism record courtesy of Visit Denver.

Number 12: Red Rocks Park

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Number 11: Flatirons Crossing Mall

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Number 10: Denver Downtown Aquarium

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Continue to keep counting down Denver's top twelve tourist attractions.


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48 comments
Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

I'd take them to all, w/ the exception of shopping malls, unless they requested it. Over time, most visitors have come to be in the mountains! (?)

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

the Cherry Cricket for the best burgers ,PERIOD

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

No Estes Park or RMNP? When people come to town, part of the fun is taking them OUT of town, into the mountains.

Mike Reay
Mike Reay

Besides red rocks, this is the all time worst list ever. Who goes to malls on vacation? And 16th st Mall is #1? I avoid 16th Mall like its the plague. A bunch of homeless, misled youth and awesome stores like the Dress Barn and Ross? Sign me up!!

Svetlana Kerstein
Svetlana Kerstein

Really? So the Flat Irons Mall and Cherry Creek Mall are "tourist attractions"...while Botanic Gardens and none of our amazing parks--not even Washington Park or City Park--made the list? Well...that's pretty lame....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Crack-Whores on Colfax?

... generates more "Prostitution Tourism" than some lame dispensary schwag.

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

I would have chosen Red Rocks as #1. It has history like you wouldn't believe. Ck. out the visitor's center during the day.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

this list is nothing but freakin' shopping malls! what kind of a lame ass comes to Colorado just to hit up some fucking malls? this list is beyond stupid...not surprised it came from the westword.

NickatNight
NickatNight

They probably took the surveys at malls. But malls are great destinations. Tons of hot chicks in shorts!! Nothing better than eating crappy food at the food court while scooping out all the luscious legs!!!

Todd Mosher
Todd Mosher

It appears people mainly come here to shop?

Craig C Thomas
Craig C Thomas

I hope Casa Bonita is not on this list.... oh good, it's not, but all these malls? Come on, Denver is more than this.... Wash Park, the Highlands, LoDo, Coors Field, the galleries on Santa Fe....

Karen Erickson
Karen Erickson

It looks more like an unpaid advertisement to me.

Derek Mooneyham
Derek Mooneyham

Malls are a tourist attraction ? You can go to a Mall anywhere..and I avoid the 16th Street mall at all times

lar1205
lar1205

It is a bit sad that so many of these are shopping related - especially as they are stores that are very likely available in the visitors own town. Colorado / Denver has so much more to offer than the Gap and Forever 21.

lrgross50
lrgross50

One hopes that Gov. Hickenlooper has the sense not to go on national TV, as Gov. Owens once did, and declare that "all of Colorado is burning."  It killed tourism for a long time.  Killed my job and many others, as well.  I'll never forget that stupid action.

rgrant2
rgrant2

First, this is a study.  No one selected this list.  It is the result of a national survey and records what visitors actually did when they came to Denver.  Second, seasonal things (like Elitch's) are not as likely to make the list because they are only open six months of the year. Third, Denver is the most isolated city in North America, the largest city in a 600 mile radius.  Many Denver visitors from this region do not have great shopping selections in their home towns.  One of the primary reasons they come to the "big city" is for shopping.  Fourth, some people like history, some people like sports, some people like art museums, but to some extent, everyone shops.  Like food, shopping has more universal appeal, so it is likely to get higher numbers.  Finally, these results are typical and match all cities.  For the reasons mentioned, shopping comes up high in visitor activities in every city -- from New York City to Kansas City, shopping is one of the reasons that people go on a city vacation.

Øbserve Gnarly
Øbserve Gnarly

Water world? Elitches? Casa Bonita? when i was a kid growning up in fort collins, these 3 things brought me to denver more then anything esle, and you dont even put them on your list? and number 5 and 1 is the same... this list is butt...

John S. Schafluetzel
John S. Schafluetzel

The other side of this is we have been indoctrinated to consume. From the time we are little, we are sat down in front of twenty minute toy commercials occasionally broken up with adverts for other toys and myriad sugar delivery devices. Is it really that surprising, when visiting a new place we simply seek out new consumption? Sure, there are better things to do and we should probably do a better job of raising awareness of the many amazing, occasionally free experiences to be had around here, but Maggie his the problem on the head. Where's the money in that?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Better not to run such a piece when it reveals that half of the so-called "tourist attractions" in Denver are just malls and shopping districts.  Buffalo Bill's Museum and Grave looks rather lame too, though visiting Lookout Mountain can be pleasant.

John S. Schafluetzel
John S. Schafluetzel

To all the people surprised by the attraction of malls, if you really want to understand this phenomenon drive an hour up to Greeley and tour the mall. Half the shops are shuttered and just about the only people left are the little bangers with nowhere else to hang out and a handful of shoppers who didn't feel like heading all the way to Loveland that day. It is a husk and the very picture of a mall that has been mismanaged to dust. It only remains because it houses the largest (notably not the best. Love you, Kress) movie theater in town. When we moved to the centennial area, we were enamored with Park Meadows and were there all the time. It was like taking a time machine back to when malls were relevant but without having to listen to Tiffany or Debbie Gibson - glorious! After a month or so, we discovered much of the best food was in step malls on Parker and the myriad local shops were far superior in terms of quality and experience, but the lack of a decent mall as in Greeley or any mall as in the many more rural communities in Colorado can turn one into an attraction, believe me. Take it from someone who knows both sides of being attracted to and then summarily taking for granted such things.

Kyle Holloway
Kyle Holloway

So gross, WAY TOO MANY Shopping places on this "Tourist" list!

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Breckenridge is well outside of Denver, Morrison is right next to it and RR is owned by the City so it get's included. Shopping is a hugely popular tourist activity especialy amoung international tourists. I would agree with you that it's not high on my list either, but it is what it is.

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

Heh. You would prefer the tourists go to the mountains and save their money? Not I, my paycheck comes from the tourists. Spend spend spend, and then go away.

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

Red Rocks is a Denver park, open to the public when there isn't a show.

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

lol, what an incredible fail. "well, we finally made it to denver! what should we do, honey?" "oooo let's go to the cherry creek mall! i hear their anthropologie is better than our anthropologie!"

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This list is pathetically stupid ! By January1st, it will be ALL about the slopes and bud ! The 'Hill' & down town areas will become an American 'Amsterdam' .

Malls ???!!!

Monte Aaron
Monte Aaron

Red Rocks made the list and it's well outside Denver. I just didn't realize going to a mall was a tourist thing, it's probably the last thing on my to do list when visiting any city.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Malls yes. Tourists shop, a lot. The stuff ourside of Denver would be counted in the Colorado counts.

awesomehotdogs
awesomehotdogs

Probably the laziest bit of content so far. Looks like the top 12 images one would pull from a "Denver tourism" google search. 

No explanation about why any of these attractions are, like, attractions? 


And what Monte says - Malls? Really? 

Andrew Cleair
Andrew Cleair

that's EXACTLY what i thought! i am guessing this has to exclude all of the nature outside of denver.

bijanjoobeen
bijanjoobeen

@Jason Hornyak I moved to Denver specifically for the Cherry Creek Mall! I mean it's not like I had access to some of the greatest shopping back on the east coast... I mean come on guys, what better way to define a city than by it's big chain shopping offerings

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Monte Aaron  

F.Y.I.:

Red Rocks is owned and operated by the city & county of Denver ...

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@CA Lockwood  

Beautiful West Colfax!

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