Denver, ColoradoCopyright: Visit Denver
Denver, ColoradoNestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a city brimming with life. With 300 annual days of sunshine, the Mile High City is a year-round destination that seamlessly blends a rich Western heritage and passion for the outdoors with urban excitement. Downtown Denver is home to an array of chef-owned restaurants, brewpubs, professional sports, shops, and family-friendly attractions. Additionally, Denver serves as the premier gateway to the most breathtaking national parks in the Western USA, including Mesa Verde, one of Colorado's four national parks, as well as Wyoming's Yellowstone and Utah's Canyonlands.
The CityIn the wake of the California Gold Rush, prospectors hoped to strike their own reserve of wealth and riches in the streams of the Rocky Mountains and the South Platte River. Today, citizens of Denver have riches worth far more than precious metal. They have a prosperous city inlaid in the horizons of prairie fields and the mighty Rockies mountainside. As a part of America’s pioneering history, Denver is riddled with historical elements. The Colorado Railroad Museum showcases the city’s tenacity in constructing an entirely citizen-built rail system, which connected Denver to the transcontinental railroad. Remnants of the Wild West can be found in areas like the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, allowing visitors to step into the Old Western lifestyle. Other landmarks of esteem include the world’s largest single producer of coins, the Denver Mint. Denver is a city that generously caters to its citizens, boasting an array of parks, trails, gardens, museums, and districts that suit their diverse interests. Additionally, the Mile High City knows how to entertain its inhabitants and visitors alike, as evidenced by its status as the largest beer brewer in the United States.
Do & See
As a city crafted among the natural wonders of the Rocky Mountains and High Plains, much of Denver’s appeal resides in exploring its ethereal beauty. It possesses a rich cultural and geographical history, both of which are created via Denver's plethora of museums and natural trails. Denver offers attractions for all ages: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with its dinosaur exhibits, Space Odyssey, a digital planetarium, and IMAX theater; the Denver Performing Arts Complex, home to 10 venues offering theater, opera, symphony, ballet, and Broadway touring shows; History Colorado Center, telling the stories of the past through people and places; Denver Botanic Gardens, a lush oasis in the middle of the city; the Denver Art Museum, with its acclaimed American Indian and Western art collections; and the Clyfford Still Museum, showcasing the work of this American abstract expressionist.
The city’s farm-to-table epicenter, Larimer Square buzzes with outdoor dining and a twinkling canopy of lights. Denver Union Station — the city's elegant transit hub — is a foodie destination as well. The historic building houses many restaurants and bars, including Mercantile Dining & Provision, a unique restaurant-market combination.
One simply cannot find a better setting for enjoying a good cup of coffee than Denver’s many mountainside cafés. Some solely specialize in serving breakfast, so rest assured that breakfast is taken seriously at such establishments. The usuals, such as coffee and tea, are something that you can, of course, expect to find in any single one of them.
Bars & Nightlife
Denver is a city rife with the expectation of having a good time. Its vibrant nightlife scene lives up to the unspoken promise, especially in the South of Colfax nightlife district and the bustling clubs and bars of Larimer Square. Denver has an eclectic, even sultry mix of venues for your post-sunset adventures. With more breweries in the Denver Metropolitan area than in any other city in the USA, the beer culture is thriving, innovative, and laid-back. Microbreweries take advantage of Colorado's pure mountain water to produce over 200 different beers every day. Whether you're in the mood for jazz lounges or sports bars, Denver's mountainous nightlife scene is sure to delight you.
The backdrop of stupendous mountain ranges only adds to the well-maintained and well-equipped shopping centers and districts of Denver. Many are incredibly walker- and biker-friendly, making the shopping experience not only a happy one but a healthy one as well. Try the high-end Cherry Creek Shopping District, with both indoor and outdoor options, and the 16th Street Mall, where you’ll find all of your favorite American brands. If a unique, local shopping experience is your thing, then check out the boutique shops at Larimer Square right in the heart of downtown Denver. You’ll find a range of high-quality and distinctive local designers offering clothing, accessories, jewelry, wine, chocolate, home goods, and salon and spa services.