When you fly into Denver, Colorado, you don’t just get Denver. You also get everything around it.
There are so many places within an hour of the city that are beyond beautiful!
Here are 37 of the most Instagrammable places in Denver and within about an hour of Denver!
I’ve split them up into five regions. Below is a table of contents in case there’s a specific area you’re looking for!
And if you’re looking for a Denver travel itinerary, check out this post that includes my favorite hidden gems in the area!
Map of Locations
Here is a full map of locations.
I’ve divided the map by area (the same regions mentioned in this post) and have coded the pins by color:
- Red: hotels/places of interest
- Yellow: scenic drives
- Green: hikes
- Blue: pretty view (no hike needed)
- Purple: murals and colorful urban places
Denver & Morrison
1. Union Station
This has to be the prettiest train station I’ve ever seen!
Both inside and out- the architecture and interior design are both jaw-dropping. And when you step inside you’re greeted by a little flower shop!
Definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Denver!
2. Red rocks amphitheater archway
Most people head straight to the Amphitheater and drive right under this arch without even noticing how Instagrammable this archway is!
I recommend going during the early hours of sunlight; that’s when you’ll capture some beautiful colors here.
Also, please be careful!
This is an active road, so make sure you’re keeping a watchful eye out for cars!
If you want to get a photo here, visit when there aren’t going to be many cars (the earlier in the day, the better!).
3. Red Rocks Amphitheater
The best photography here is at sunrise, in my opinion!
Try to arrive at least 20 minutes before sunrise because Denver has some incredible dawn colors, most of which show up best before the sun actually peeks out!
We didn’t take that into account, and saw the stunning purple/pink sky from our car as we were driving to the Amphitheater! So don’t make the same mistake we did!
Also, check the Red Rocks’ event calendar here to make sure there isn’t an event going on when you’re planning on visiting!
Access to the amphitheater is free when there is no concert going on.
4. Morrison, Colorado
Morrison has the cutest little downtown and is right next to the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
The downtown lines Bear Creek Avenue (the main road), so you literally can’t miss it if you’re driving through.
This little cactus mural is right on the side of the Morrison Inn, where Bear Creek Avenue meets Stone Street.
When you’re here, be sure to stop into the little stores downtown and #shoplocal!
5. Downtown Denver
You can get some architectural shots of Denver featuring some cool downtown buildings just by wandering around the city.
You can also walk along the South Platte River Trail for the photo on the left!
6. The DENVER mural
Nothing says Instagrammable spot in Denver like a big ‘ol mural with DENVER scrawled across it!
7. The “Denver… You’re So Cool” mural
Or how about a comic-strip-esque mural with “Denver… you’re so cool” in the speech bubble?
This is located right behind the 11th Avenue Hostel.
8. The pastel houses on Colfax Ave
I love finding colorful places to photograph, and these pastel houses on Colfax Avenue offer exactly that!
The pastel colors definitely make this one of the most Instagrammable places in Denver!
9. Denver’s Rainbow Street Crossing
This cute rainbow sidewalk is located in the River North Arts District. Be sure to look both ways before crossing and snap your photo really quickly!
Or go and visit when there aren’t many cars out- sunrise photoshoot, anyone?
10. RiNo, the River North Arts District
Most of the murals listed in the Denver section have been in the RiNo, or the River North Arts District, but there are so many more all throughout this area!
Honestly your best bet is to just wander around until you find a mural that you love, then photograph it!
11. Pearl Street Mall
Pearl Street Mall is an extremely walkable area in downtown Boulder.
Surrounded by fun local stores to explore, food to munch on, and hotels to stay in, there is plenty to do in Pearl Street Mall.
Bring a zoom lens with you to capture the mountains in the distance in your shot!
12. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse could possibly be the prettiest restaurant in the whole state! With food as yummy as the restaurant is pretty!
Did you know that Dushanbe, Tajikistan gifted the teahouse to Boulder, their sister city?
It was crafted in Tajikistan and brought over to Boulder where it was then assembled.
Check out the stunningly intricate tile work and the beautiful oriental details! They definitely make it one of the most Instagrammable places around Denver!
13. Hotel Boulderado- especially at Christmastime!
If you happen to be visited during the winter, stop into Hotel Boulderado for some festive Christmas decor.
Their tree spans the two floors and is framed by a rounded glass ceiling!
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14. Mount Sanitas
This hike takes a lot of time (I’m talking 4-5 hours depending on how fast you hike), but offers some incredible views of Boulder and the surrounding areas.
15. Sunshine Canyon
Sunshine Canyon is another great place for hiking, with a 2.3 mile narrow trail that often has wildflowers in the spring.
It also connects to the back side of Mount Sanitas if you want to check out both at the same time!
16. Flagstaff Mountain
If you prefer to drive to scenic viewpoints instead of hiking, taking the road from Baseline all the way up Flagstaff Mountain is the perfect route to take.
It does require a parking permit, but you can bring $5 cash with you to leave at the pay station in exchange for a permit.
When we did this drive, we pulled off at any stop that looked promising and hopped out of the car to explore a bit and take some photos before heading to the next stop.
17. Walker Ranch
Walker Ranch is located on Flagstaff Mountain, and has some great, open hiking trails with views of the hills.
18. Gross Reservoir
Gross Reservoir is also on Flagstaff Mountain, about a 45 minute drive from Downtown Boulder.
19. Boulder Canyon Drive
There are multiple vantage points of the reservoir; we just drove around the southeastern side of it until we found a spot we liked!
Another scenic drive in Boulder is Boulder Canyon Drive, which takes you due West out of Boulder.
If you’re in the mood for a VERY short hike (I’m talking about an eighth of a mile from the parking lot), the Boulder Falls trail takes you to a 70-foot waterfall. (Note: no swimming or climbing is allowed here).
Please keep in mind that both Boulder Canyon Drive and its surrounding trails have a tendency to being closed due to construction, so check the CDOT website for closure information before visiting.
20. Along South Boulder Creek
South Boulder Creek runs from Gross Dam right through Eldorado Canyon State Park, all the way to Boulder! There are two scenic drives: the first is the Eldorado Canyon State Park drive, which goes down Eldorado Springs Drive. Here you are surrounded by sandstone cliffs and gorgeous pines.
But my favorite stretch of the South Boulder Creek is right by Gross Reservoir. Though it doesn’t follow the whole river, I love the drive from Gross Dam Road to Coal Creek Canyon Road.
21. South Beaver Creek Road, near Pinecliff, CO
Yet another scenic road near Boulder is South Beaver Creek Road.
We took it from Coal Creek Canyon Road until it hits the 119 and found this pretty view of the mountains!
22. Washington Avenue
Golden, Colorado is just a short 25 minute drive from Downtown Denver.
It has the cutest main street (Washington Avenue) that is the perfect place for capturing the Denver sunrise.
Just be careful and watch for cars! We would go out as soon as the ligh