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July 01, 2010

What do King Tut, July 4th, and the Mile High City have in common?

By Lacy Morris

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Planning a 4th of July vacation in the Mile High City? Check out the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and The Westin Tabor Center, and the hotels' King Tut Package deal. Both hotels are conveniently located downtown near all of the city's hustle and bustle, and adjacent to several main highways and interstates headed west for a day in the Rockies. Guests who book this deal will receive a free overnight stay as well as two VIP tickets to the captivating King Tut Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit showcases artifacts from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, from around 2,600 B.C. to 660 B.C.

Attractions in and around the area:

16th Street Mall
This downtown pedestrian mall houses brand-name stores, local shops, a movie theater, bowling alley, and several bars. Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the open-air mall is a good starting point for your day, or night.

Coors Field
This spectacular baseball field is a favorite of players and fans alike, as the Rocky Mountains provide a picturesque background to America's favorite sport. Watch the Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants July 1-4, and the St. Louis Cardinals July 6-8. The baseball stadium is less than a mile from the Westin and less than two from the Sheraton. Schedule a Coors Field tour for only $7—they depart at 10 A.M. and 12 P.M. on game days. After the game, head next door to the Sandlot Brewery. The beer-garden style bar is home to Blue Moon, the orange-flavored beer loved among Denverites, and is always bustling with over-eager Rockies fans anticipating the next game or celebrating a victory.

Six Flags Elitch Gardens
Mind Eraser, Boomerang, Tower of Doom—sounds fun, right? This amusement park is set right downtown, sandwiched between the high rises of Denver's thriving business district and the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The location makes for a unique thrill-ride experience. Combat the summer heat with the Island Kingdom Water Park, located inside the Elitch Gardens grounds. The water park has a giant wave pool and several massive water slides.

City Park Jazz
Pack your lawn chairs, coolers, and sunblock, and head to Denver's famed City Park, across from the Denver Zoo. From now until August 8th the park comes alive every Sunday with the sound of jazz wafting through the trees and streets of downtown Denver. The concert and parking are free, but make sure to arrive early to get a spot. The show starts at 6 P.M., and it's a spectacular setting to take in the fireworks erupting all over the city.

Head for the Hills:

Red Rocks Amphitheater
The world famous amphitheater receives its name from the sandstone rock formations that encircle the treacherously steep stadium. The Blues Travelers will take to the stage on July 4th, with the city if Denver's firework display lighting up the open sky. A free night of Symphony on the Rocks takes place July 5th, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Denver Theaters & Arenas performing. The amphitheater is truly spectacular, but heed the warning of high altitude, especially if you are not from the area. Get plenty of rest, eat lightly, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated—I also recommend laying off of the booze, getting down and back to your car can be a bear!

Heritage Square Alpine Slide
Just 15 minutes outside of Denver is a Victorian entertainment and shopping village. Time has stood still here, and the quaint village streets offer family-friendly amusement rides, mini-golf, and go karts. The park's main attraction is the half mile-long alpine slide. Rides are $7 and include a chair-lift ride up a charming Colorado mountainside, a sled, and your choice of two adjacent tracks. Go with friends or family and race them down.

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