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Denver, Colorado Travel Guide

Denver Summary


  • Mountains, including the popular Mount Evans with a (very curvy!) scenic byway
  • Abundance of International food, especially Mexican, with a Denver twist
  • Conveniently located near Denver International Airport -- one of the best international airports in the country
  • Beer. Great beer. Colorado produces more beer by volume than any other state
  • Mild summers -- rarely hits 90s, mostly stays in the low 70s to mid 80s
  • Laid-back attitude
  • Lack of humidity feels wonderful
  • Scenic city, with mountains painting the horizon
  • Hardly any litter or graffiti around the city
  • Excellent light rail system that will take you almost anywhere in the city
  • Interesting towns/suburbs within a day's driving distance, like Boulder and Aurora


  • Dry, arid climate lacking lush greenery
  • Cold winters and massive amounts of snow accumulated at a time
  • Traffic, like any other major city
  • Not as personal a feel as other Colorado cities (ie: Boulder)

What It's Like

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.

Where To Stay

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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