May 29th ~ Denver, Colorado
In between all the parties, we managed to squeeze a day in for some sightseeing in the Mile-High city.
Plants from all over the world are spread out over 24 acres of land, with 62 distinct gardens. Themes include Gardens of the West, Internationally Inspired Gardens, Ornamental Gardens, Shady Gardens and Water Gardens.
We were impressed by the variety of blooms, carefully cultivated and creative gardens, and the condition of the plants. A massive number of volunteers and garden staff are on hand who cheerfully answered our questions.
Limited free parking is right across the street, but be warned that it does fill up early during prime times. We had a wonderful salad at the cafe on the grounds, overlooking the water gardens.
Admission rates: Adults $12.50, Senior (ages 65+) $9.50 and children (ages 3-15) $9.00
We had planned on doing a tour at the Denver Mint, but the tours were already sold out for the day. They invited us to come back at 6:30 the following morning to get in line for the next days tours, but it did not fit into our schedule. Because of the holiday weekend, an excessive number of visitors were here, though it is not uncommon for the tours to sell out over the summer months.
The salad at the gardens had not quite filled us up, so when we spotted about 20 food trucks a couple blocks from the Mint, we each picked out a favorite and grabbed a snack.
“The Capitol building was designed by Elijah E. Myers, and its construction lasted from 1886 through 1901. The Colorado Capitol was designed on an axis in the form of a Greek cross and resembles the basic design of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. The cost of the construction was about $3 million. The cost of replicating this building today is impossible to determine.” ~ leg.colorado.gov
About 300,000 people visit the Capitol building every year. What a stunning historical site…
Our tour lasted about an hour and included a visit to the gold-plated dome for beautiful views of the surrounding city.
Free public tours are offered hourly 10:00am – 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Coming Next: Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we got to see more of the highlights of Denver. This is a sophisticated city with tremendous cultural diversity, great foodie scene, and amazing architecture.