Nicknamed the “Mile-High City” because it sits exactly a mile high in altitude above sea level, Denver is Colorado’s capital and largest city. Located just east of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a popular winter sport destination that celebrates its mining and cowboy history along with its modern arts and culture scene.
Denver is rich in everything that can be expected of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, from a busy downtown district of skyscrapers, shopping, dining and nightlife to colorful neighborhoods adorned with landscaped parks, shady trees and flower gardens. One of the city’s top attractions is the Colorado State Capitol, a beautiful, domed building downtown. Denver boasts a lively arts and culture scene with many distinguished museums, such as the Denver Art Museum, and the Denver Performing Arts Complex, one of the nation’s largest performing art centers. Music venues are plentiful, featuring a variety of genres from classical to pop, jazz and folk.
One of the nation’s largest beer producers, Denver has numerous breweries offering tours and tastings. Denver is also a big sports city where fans can watch several major league teams like the NFL Broncos, NBA Nuggets, MLB Rockies and NHL Avalanch play at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Pepsi Center and Coors Field. Families can spend time together at the Denver Zoo, Butterfly Pavilion, Waterworld and the Elitch Gardens amusement park.
With several city parks and lakes, Denver offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Confluence Park, nearby the Platte River, is a popular place for kayaking and tubing. With close proximity to the mountains, Denver tourists can enjoy summer hiking, camping and rock climbing or winter snow skiing.