About Denver

by SmarterTravel Staff
Denver Capitol (Photo: Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau)

As if it's not enough that the Mile-High City claims an enviable 300 days of sunshine per year, Denver also delivers a vibrant urban center and rubs shoulders with some of the West's most spectacular scenery.

Outdoor enthusiasts don't have to go far to indulge: Denver offers more than 4,000 acres of city parks plus 14,000 acres of mountain parks. Culture lovers can discover the Denver Art Museum, which houses an impressive collection in a building inspired by the jagged Rocky Mountains. The Art Museum is part of the Golden Triangle Museum District, an area which includes the Colorado History Museum, Colorado Ballet, and over 50 art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. The Art District on Santa Fe, Cherry Creek North, Five Points, and LoDo are just a few of the many more Denver neighborhoods to check out.

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Denver offers a lot to visitors, but a trip just isn't complete without a visit beyond city limits. The soaring Rocky Mountains beckon hikers, bikers, and rafters in summer, and skiers and snowboarders in winter. Rocky Mountain National Park, Pikes Peak Country, and Mount Evans are just a few of the places to soak up all that natural beauty. And in winter, visitors can choose numerous ski resorts within a few hours' drive of Denver.

Nature isn't the only thing beyond Denver. Visitors can find historic mining towns such as Central City and Black Hawk, or Georgetown complete with Victorian architecture, gambling, and antique stores.

Flights to Denver are easy to find and are generally competitively priced.

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