October 17, 2017

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Denver, Colorado

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Known as the Mile High City and “Gateway to the Rockies”, Denver, located 8,250 feet above sea level and just east of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, is a young and vibrant city. Here you’ll find more than 200 parks and dozens of tree lined boulevards, a walkable central downtown (the 10th largest downtown in America based on workers and retail) and a vibrant urban center nestled among some of the West’s most spectacular scenery.

Within easy walking distance, are the city’s convention center complex, performing arts district, museums, and a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars. The mile-long 16th Street pedestrian mall cuts through the heart of downtown Denver. Lower Downtown (or “LoDo” ) offers one of the country’s greatest concentrations of Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings and warehouses, many of which have been refurbished into restaurants, art galleries, offices and shops. It’s also the center of the city’s brewpub scene, with six large brewpubs and micro-breweries, each brewing six to eight exclusive beers, all within easy walking distance of each other.

History

Prior to the great Colorado gold rush, the Rockies were inhabited by Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. Early settlers came to the area in search of prized beaver pelts and then gold. The city was established on November 22, 1858 by a party of prospectors, after discovering gold where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet. Almost overnight, more than about 100,000 people crossed the Great Plains to head for Denver, leading the federal government to establish Colorado Territory in 1861. These new Denverites built a network of railroads that made their town the banking, minting, supply and processing center for Colorado and its neighboring states. Denver’s breweries, bakeries, meat packing and other food-processing plants made it the regional agricultural center, as well as a manufacturing hub for farm and ranch equipment, barbed wire, windmills, seed, feed and harnesses. Today, Denver is still a hub for business and tourism has evolved into one of the area’s top industries and boasts a sunny, cool, dry climate, averaging 13 inches of precipitation a year and 300 days of sunshine a year.

Attractions

In Denver there are many attractions to see. Cultural enthusiast will enjoy exploring the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Molly Brown Museum, and hidden gems such as, the Kirkland Museum and Museo de las Americas. Visit the State capital, U.S. Mint, Elitch Gardens amusement park, and the Denver Aquarium. Denver’s performing arts scene rivals any that of other U.S. city and features the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the second-largest complex in the world, with 10 venues.

Enjoy Broadway shows, symphony, ballet and opera performances. Explore the galleries along the Art District on Santa Fe or the galleries, boutiques and restaurants found in the Denver neighborhoods of Cherry Creek North, Five Points, and LoDo. Denver’s live music scene provides entertainment 365 days a year at venues like Red Rocks, the Paramount Theatre and the Fillmore. Or head to Comedy Works, where big name comics test their latest material. You’ll also find festivals and events year-round. Check out the Taste of Colorado held in August or the Parade of Lights which illuminates the city streets in December. And of course, five professional sports teams will entertain the most avid sports fans year-round.

Dining

Denver is known for great steak houses, but creative, young chefs have established world-class and eclectic restaurants featuring a range of original and ethnic cuisine. As a result Denver’s local offerings rival that of any city. In addition, Denver brews more beer than any other city in the U.S. and is home to numerous brewpubs, martini lounges, and exclusive nightclubs. Denver’s nightlife offers chic lounges and exclusive clubs in Larimer Square and LoDo and pulsating dance floors.

Shopping

The diverse neighborhoods within Denver are a shopper’s paradise. Discover art galleries and museum shops where works from both local and national artists and photographers are available. Explore the many shops and boutiques along the 16th Street Mall, and in the Denver Pavilions and Larimer Square. For an upscale shopping experience, check out Cherry Creek Shopping Center which boasts 169 shops, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., and Burberry. The 16-block area of Cherry Creek North is home to dozens of independently owned boutiques, jewelers and galleries.

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