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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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Get active in Denver – no matter your fitness level

Mountain biking is just one Denver area activity.

Mountain biking is just one Denver area activity.

DENVER, Colorado – Whether your idea of activity is wandering through a museum or trail running in the foothills, Denver and the Colorado Rockies have activities for every interest and fitness level.

Sightseers who have flown into Denver International Airport can begin taking in the local art scene as soon as they get off the plane. There, the main terminal hosts numerous permanent exhibitions by local artists. Once downtown you will begin to notice even more public art, big and small, on display in even the most unexpected spaces.

Civic leaders have truly invested in culture and recreation for Denver in recent years. Depending on your tastes, check out the more established Denver Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art|Denver, or the more eclectic art collections such as the Dikeou Collection, the Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum or the Forney Museum of Transportation. Though not yet open, the art coup of the decade for Denver may be the Clyfford Still Museum, the world’s only place to exhibit the abstract expressionist work of painter Clyfford Still. Denver will host its first international contemporary art biennial in 2010.

Arts are part of the activities in Denver.

Arts are part of the activities in Denver. Steve Crecelius for Visit Denver.

The arts are routinely celebrated throughout the city. There are monthly First Fridays events when galleries around the city open their doors for a casual evening of browsing with cocktail in hand; the city boasts a full Arts Week in the fall, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is one of Denver’s biggest annual events.

Whether gallery hopping or touring public art, just checking out the culture scene is a reminder that recreation is part of everything we do in Denver. The Mile High City ranks as one of the country’s “fittest” cities, according to a 2008 Men’s Fitness Magazine survey that found 83 percent of Denver adults are physically active.

It’s easy to be motivated to get fit when there are more sunny days than in Miami, Florida and more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways. This isn’t just playtime though: Denverites run, bike or walk to work on over 200 miles of jogging and cycling paths. Nearby parks in the foothills of the Front Range mean that city dwellers and visitors can get their mountain fix by driving 30 minutes or less to a trailhead for a hike of a few hours amid forests and wildflowers.

Golf, fly fishing, rock climbing, road biking, swimming, boating and snowshoeing are all activities that can be enjoyed right in Denver or very nearby at a number of locations around the Mile High City.

Relaxing in Denver means watching a professional team or two every season of the year where household name teams include the Denver Broncos football team, the Denver Nuggets basketball team, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team and the Colorado Rapids soccer team. The fans in Denver are as legendary as the teams they love, so taking in a Colorado Rockies baseball game or Denver Broncos football game can get your pulse racing.

Make activity part of your Denver visit or staycation by searching out all of the activities that Denver has available for every interest and fitness level.

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