Denver is the capital of Colorado and with an elevation of 5,280 feet; the “Mile-High City” sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, Denver became a center for finance and banking after the establishment of the U.S. Mint. With four distinct seasons, Denver offers beautiful tree-lined streets, parks and architecture that provide a warm greeting for the eyes.
What to Do
Many visitors love Denver for its access to some of the best powder in the country. Skiers and snow boarders have plenty to do during winter, but Denver also offers a host of other activities. The U.S. Mint in Denver is one of only two locations in the U.S. where visitors can watch as lumps of metal turn into currency during the coin-making process, and self-guided tours allow visitors a birds-eye view. Red Rocks Park, famous for its large red sandstone formations, is also home to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a performance venue fashioned from the rocks themselves. Live performances at the amphitheater are worth watching, and even if there aren’t any scheduled shows, the park is worth a visit for its Rock and Roll Museum, restaurants and amazing views. The Lower Downtown District, referred to by locals as LoDo, is a historic district renowned for its thriving nightlife.
Where to Stay
Denver has plenty of hotels to choose from, catering to business travelers, families on vacation and couples looking for a romantic getaway. Bed and breakfasts are also available, as well as campgrounds for travelers who want to enjoy the outdoors.
Denver is accessible by Denver International Airport, located 20 miles outside of town. Airport shuttles are available to take people to and from Denver. Snow sports enthusiasts who want to bring their own gear can drive to Denver via Interstate 25 from the north or south, Interstate 70 from the east or west, or Interstate 76 from the northeast.