10 Places to Photograph in Denver, CO

On May 6 – 7, our traveling Weekend Intensive program will be making its last stop of the season in The Mile-High City. Despite the fact that it is about 900 miles away from our hometown of Missoula, MT we always look forward to visiting Denver, CO because every time it feels like we are right at home. Denver is full of amazing people, cool shops, great restaurants and it just has a vibe that is totally welcoming. Perhaps we’re biased because we are used to mountains, wide-open skies and everything “West.” But no matter the reason, Denver is just comfortable.

While I probably (well, maybe) could have  done a fine (aka: totally mediocre) job of Googling interesting places to photograph in Denver, 2015 RMSP graduate and Denver local, Steffani Grande did a muuuuuuch better job compiling this list of ten places to photograph in Denver. She even went the extra mile and created a map of all the locations listed below, so you can easily find them all. Check it out!

1. RiNo:
Short for River North Arts District in downtown Denver, this neighborhood has changed drastically in the last 10 years. Local restaurants, breweries, bars, coffee shops, and retail have breathed new life into this area. Graffiti art can be found around every corner. Great place to walk around and capture unique images. 

https://rinoartdistrict.org/
Larimer St from 30th to Broadway and Surrounding Area

 

2. Union Station:
Travel, Dine, Shop, Stay. One of Denver’s most iconic historic landmarks. This 100-year-old transit station can take you to and from Denver International Airport or up to the mountains and beyond. Restaurants for every taste and shopping can be found inside. If you find yourself still there at the end of the day, stay at the beautiful Crawford Hotel located inside. Reminiscent of Grand Central Station inside, historic architectural photography and people photography is abundant. Outside, the modern renovations of the train station are a fun juxtaposition to the historic building.

1701 Wynkoop 
http://unionstationindenver.com/>

 

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3. Colorado State Capital Building:
This beautiful building and the people around it are fun to photograph. Street photography opportunities are abundant at Civic Center Park and Denver City & County Building west of the Capital. The park blooms with flowers in the summer and many events such as Taste of Colorado are held in the park.

200 E Colfax Ave

 

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4. Denver Art Museum:
Are you in to architecture photography or like to photograph lines? This is your place. The building stands out and you know you are there when you approach from any direction. Part of the building juts out over 14th Street and this museum allows photography inside!! (woot!). Beautiful art collections, photography and traveling exhibits will keep you entertained in this uniquely-shaped building.

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
http://denverartmuseum.org/

 

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5. Tattered Cover Book Store in Historic LoDo (Lower Downtown):
This is not your Barnes and Noble bookstore. Locally owned and operated since 1971. Walking through this bookstore you feel like you are going back in time. The original hardwood floors and antique furniture makes you want to curl up with a good book and cup of coffee from the coffee shop located inside. Around every corner there is a surprise in either architecture or relics from the past.

1628 16th Street
http://www.tatteredcover.com/

 

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6. Denver Skate Park:
Catch boarders, bladers, and bikers in action! 60,000 square feet of concrete terrain. Excellent lines, contrast, and character to photograph. Surrounded by bridges and skyscrapers, any time of the day is good for photography.

2205 19th St
http://denverskatepark.com/>

 

7. Unique Coffee Shops:
Denver is abundant in coffee shops that are unique in their beverages and atmosphere. A great way to experience the Denver vibe and walk through eclectic neighborhoods. Here are my favorites.

Black Eye Coffee CapHill location
This location has amazing light coming through south facing windows that give the interior amazing contrast to the black and white interior. Coffee shop by day, cocktails and dinner by night. The back wall rotates and transforms from coffee to cocktail bar.
800 Sherman St
http://www.drinkblackeye.com/caphill/
http://drinkwhitelies.com/

Crema
Located in RiNo Arts District the outside of the building boasts colorful graffiti art on the outside as well as the inside.
2862 Larimer St
http://cremacoffeehouse.net/

Denver Bicycle Cafe
Coffee, Beer and Bicycles!! What more could you ask for!! This cornucopia of smells and visuals is every photographers dream!!
1308 E 17th Avenue
http://denverbicyclecafe.com/

 

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8. City Park:
This 330 acre park in the center of Denver has lots to offer. Two lakes, miles of walking trails, The Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. From this park you can see Mt. Evans in the Rocky Mountains to the west as well as the Denver skyline. Great landscape, nature, and people photography opportunities.

1700 N York St
http://www.denverzoo.org
http://www.dmns.org

 

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9. Denver Botanic Gardens:
24 acres of beautifully maintained gardens with plants from all over the world. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the gardens, some plants have been there over 50 years. Several places offer space to set up a tripod for landscape and macro photography.

1007 York Street
http://www.botanicgardens.org/york-street

 

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10. Red Rocks Amphitheatre:
Worth the drive to the outskirts of the city. This 868 acre National Historic Monument is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. It is where the plains turn into the Rocky Mountains. If you have an opportunity to see a show – GO! There are hiking trails with dinosaur tracks and fossils in the sandstone. From the top of the amphitheatre you can see all of Denver metro. If you are up for a physical challenge, join the many that take the 380 stairs up and down for a great workout.

18300 W. Alameda Parkway Morrison, CO 80465
http://redrocksonline.com/

 

 

Need some pointers for how to photograph Denver!
Join us for the Denver Weekend Intensive on May 6 – 7, 2017.

Your camera will thank you!

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