Our Favorite Insta-Worthy Photo Spots Near Downtown Denver

The Most Instagrammable Places in Denver

The Mile High City is known for its epic and eye-catching scenery. Tourists and influencers already have Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Denver Art Museum, Union Station, and the Convention Center on their radar. But what about lesser known locales? If you’re ready to take your Denver Insta-game to the next level, here are our favorite hidden gems worth checking out for your next photo shoot.

For Arts Enthusiasts


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Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment company originating in Santa Fe, has created a local psychedelic and interactive experience that transports visitors of all ages into fantasy worlds of imagination, discovery and exploration. Denver’s Convergence Station is their third permanent exhibition in the nation featuring art from hundreds of creatives (many of them from Colorado). With over 70 unique life-size installations, rooms, and portals you will journey into an unforgettable, surreal tale of converged worlds and underlying narratives. You’re guaranteed to leave transformed along with having lots of unique new content for your feed. Get directions»

RUNNER UP: The Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex is the ideal location for a memorable photo. It features two 50-foot high sculptures called ‘The Dancers’ which tower above you and add funky flair to your backdrop. Make sure to time your visit wisely though—the park is a year-round venue for large festivals, high-profile outdoor events, and a summer concert series. Get directions>>

For Foodies


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The Source Hotel & Market Hall is a modern, mixed-use complex totaling 45,000 square feet with a collection of artisans and shops including a bakery, brewery, pizzeria, barbecue, barber, retail goods, apparel, florist, and more. For a show-stopping view make your way to the top floor, The Woods Restaurant and Rooftop, where you’ll be treated to an amazing west-facing view of the city skyline against a Rocky Mountain backdrop. Get directions»

RUNNER UP: Little Man Ice Cream is not only one of the best places to get ice cream in Denver, it’s also one of the city’s top spots to take a picture! This fun ice cream stand with contrasting colors and materials doubles as a giant milk jug, which provides a unique background for photos. Visit on a night where they have live music on the patio, or grab some ice cream or a milkshake to use as a photo prop, then venture across the street to Hirshorn Park. Get directions»

For Nature Lovers


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One of the most underrated Instagrammable places in Denver is Confluence Park. The park is filled with tons of trails, green space, gardens, and has the South Platte River going right through it. It can be busy on summer evenings around sunset, but you’ll still find it provides you with the perfect backdrop for an outdoorsy urban photo. Get directions»

RUNNER UP: Any photo taken in the Denver Botanic Gardens will be Instagram-worthy, but the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory (otherwise known as the greenhouse) is the place to be during the golden hour before sunset—when the light shines through the glass windows and saturates the tropical plants. Also don’t forget to check out the Gardens’ beloved summer concert series which boasts a lineup of amazing local and nationally touring artists. Get directions>>

For City Slickers


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RiNo, or the River North Arts District, is one of the most vibrant areas of Denver – full of history, culture, and some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. One of the most unique parts of this neighborhood are numerous buildings adorned with fun, funky and colorful murals. While many of the pieces are commissioned by local public arts programming like Crush Walls, others are simply the work of home-grown graffiti artists who enjoy putting their stamp on the city. With so many sights to choose from, your best bet is to just wander around until you find a mural that you love, then photograph it! We recommend starting out at the Rainbow Crosswalk on Broadway, or the alley behind Denver Central Market—but if you’re interested in going in-depth on the city’s street art scene, don’t miss the Denver Graffiti Tour. Get directions»

RUNNER UP: Cherry Creek has one of the most popular shopping malls in the nation, including the perfect luxury and refined location for your next photo shoot: Restoration’s Hardware’s flagship store! Also nearby is Fascination Street Fine Art, an award-winning gallery from local artist, author and collectibles expert Aaron Lapedis. Here there are countless vignettes and exhibits to attract your eye and stimulate your mind, while also creating a whimsical and interesting backdrop for your feed. Get Directions>>

For History Buffs

Denver’s LoDow (or Lower Downtown), is a historic district turned modern hipster paradise. It is best known for the Dairy Block, a local hotspot of shops, dining, hotels and street art which sits on the site of an old dairy factory. Our favorite photo spot is an alleyway behind the Milk Market, which is even more charming when decorated for the holidays. Get directions>>

RUNNER UP: Larimer Square is the historic district commemorating where Denver was founded. Explore downtown history while also getting the chance to sample some of the best dining, shopping and nightlife in the entire city with independent shops, bars, and restaurants. Your Denver-themed feed isn’t complete without at least one or two shots of the lights strung across the streets and sidewalks! Get directions»

Have any other favorite Instagrammable spots to share? We’d love to hear from you!

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