Denver, Colorado

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Written by bike posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Denver, Colorado is the capital of the state. Known as the “Mile High City” for its 5,280 foot altitude, it is a mix of the old and new West.

The lattice-like roof of Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex. (Colorado Tourism Office)

Denver attractions include art museums, bike trails and sports games. Denver lodging ranges from upscale luxury hotels to affordable motels. Truly, Denver has something for everyone!
Denver is the most populous city in the state of Colorado, with almost 600,000 residents. It was founded in 1858, during the Pikes Peak gold rush. It used to be part of Kansas Territory, so took its name from a governor of the territory- James W. Denver.
Denver has held the Democratic National Convention twice, once in 1908 and again recently in 2008, taking the opportunity to set itself as a stage for world and national politics.
Historic buildings and modern architecture sit next to one another in the city’s downtown. The Denver Airport is far from downtown, but a major hub of transportation for those visiting the area.
On one side of Denver there are vast prairies, and on the other, the jutting Front Range of the great Rocky Mountains. While it is technically part of the Great Plains, its temperate weather is more effected by the close by Rocky Mountain Range.
The culinary scene in Denver is excellent, with as many Asian fusion restaurants as there are steakhouses. Trying both the Thai food and a bison steak while you’re here is practically mandatory. You won’t have trouble finding Mexican, Itlaian, Greek, German or Cajun restaurants either, so come hungry!
Art and culture are other strong points of the city, whose Denver Art Museum recently celebrated a major expansion. Downtown galleries have everything from oil paintings to glass sculptures.
There are plenty of other museums as well, including one dedicated to the Colorado legend, Buffalo Bill Cody and another paying homage to Margaret (the Unsinkable Molly) Brown. Yet more museums have exhibits about Jewish and black history.
Denver is home to many professional sports teams, including teams for football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse. There are so many that you are almost guaranteed that there will be a game going on during your stay, no matter what time of year it is!
There is a free trolley running in downtown Denver, which transports shoppers along the 16th Street Mall.
Red Rocks is a famous venue for concerts. It is an open-air amphitheatre that hosts every kind of musician, from symphonies to rock bands.
As is true in all of Colorado, outdoor recreation is a major part of the city’s lifestyle. Tons of trails for bikers and hikers surround the city. Rock climbing is possible just outside of town, as is great skiing. The closest ski resort is Echo Mountain Park. Two other very close resorts that are local favorites are Loveland and A-Basin.

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