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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. 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.

When To Go

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver experiences relatively mild weather throughout the year. Summer is the most popular time to visit for family vacations and conventions, and is often characterized by warm afternoons and cool evenings. Fall can be an ideal time to enjoy pleasant temperatures and colorful aspens. Winter brings cooler temperatures and snow, as well as lower prices and fewer crowds. Spring sees blooming flowers and temperatures similar to fall, perfect for outdoor activities.

high season: June to August
low season: November to March
shoulder season: April to May, September to October

Weather Information

Denver experiences four mild seasons, with an arid climate. Summers bring warm weather and low humidity, offering comfortable afternoons and evenings. The spring and fall are pleasant, perfect for an afternoon hike or a day of leaf-peeping. Aspen fall foliage is at its peak from mid-September until mid-October. Winter temperatures can get fairly cold, with highs averaging 48 degrees. Snow may fall, especially in March, but it rarely stays on the ground for very long. Chinooks, or mountain winds that gain heat as they lose elevation, help warm up the winters, occasionally raising the daily temperature to 60 degrees. The city receives an average of 18 inches of preceiptation annually.

Crowd Information

Summer is a peak time for crowds and conventions, and hotels in the downtown area frequently sell out with business clientele, but the exact dates vary by year.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

November through March is the best time to save a little extra cash, especially for hotels, while July and August tend to the most expensive months due to higher demand. Packages, however, are available year-round on a week-to-week basis. Airfare prices also tend to drop in the winter, even with the rise in ski tourism, because of fewer business and leisure visitors overall.

Information provided by the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau