Once known to be the epitome of the Old West -- complete with gold mines and cowboys -- Denver has morphed into a beautiful, cosmopolitan destination that continues to grow.
Nicknamed the Mile High City, Denver's elevation is actually a mile high. And the elevations of the mountains near here are considerably more than that. Mount Evans, about 30 miles away from the city's center, has peaks over 14,000 feet high, and its gorgeous views and excellent hiking have made it one of the city's most popular destinations.
Denver offers plenty of attractions for families, including the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Denver Botanic Gardens. But it's an increasingly popular place for young twenty- and thirty-somethings as well: Denver's Downtown, or LoDo as the locals call it, is the tenth largest downtown area in the nation, and is chock full with shopping, entertainment, and restaurants.
On the athletic front, only six cities in the U.S. have representatives of every professional sport, and Denver is one of them.
To be within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and popular sites, aim for the LoDo area, which is also conveniently close to Denver Union Station -- the city's public transit hub. Visitors seeking a bit of romance might find it in the Highlands, where Victorian homes and vine-covered terraces dot the streets. Music lovers might want to stay near Colfax Avenue, which is home to some of Denver's most prominent live music venues. Business travelers may want to stay within the Central Business District, south of LoDo and north of Civic Center Park.
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