At the foot of the Rocky Mountains lies Denver, the Mile High City. The capital of Colorado was once the gateway to the wild west and is still an ideal starting point for exploring the American west. The outdoor city of Denver presents itself with a lot of self-confidence, a multifaceted charm and of course the indescribable Rocky Mountains directly in the front yard. Add to this the mild and dry climate of the region with around 300 days of sunshine a year.
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Urban adventures It’s
not just the nature around Denver that inspires – the urban adventure also attracts people of all ages to the Mile High City: the pedestrian-friendly downtown combines tradition and modernity. If historic brick Victorian-style houses are to be found in Larimer Square, you will come across postmodern buildings like the Denver Art Museum a few blocks away. Discover the fresh farm-to-table cuisine in over 2,000 restaurants in Denver, try unusual craft beer varieties in the local breweries or listen to a concert in the unique setting of the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. Make your wildest shopping dreams come true in Cherry Creek and dress like a real cowboy in the legendary ranch specialty store Rockmount Ranch Wear Store, the inventor of the classic cowboy shirt.
Art, culture & lots of sports!
Art lovers should head to Denver’s institution: The Denver Art Museum presents a fine selection of Native American artwork as well as Western Art collections. And anyway, the arts are almost omnipresent in Denver: from the huge Blue Bear in front of the Convention Center to hip galleries and urban art in the cool RiNo district (River North). Denver is above all a city that loves sports. A team from Denver plays in all of the highest leagues in American national sports, so you usually have the opportunity to watch exciting sporting events.
The Gateway to the American West
Denver is the perfect starting point for a vacation in the western United States. Since 2016, the A Line train has been running every 15 – 30 minutes between the newly renovated Union Square and Denver International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. The direct connection makes Denver one of the most accessible cities in the USA.
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Highlights in and around Denver
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Popular natural history museum with the largest IMAX in the world and planetarium.
- Denver Zoo
One of the most popular zoos in the United States.
- Denver Beer Trail
Get to know Denver’s local brewing scene and take a tour of the over 100 “brewpubs” that serve home-made craft beer.
- B-cycle to Neighborhoods Cycle
through Denver’s diverse neighborhoods. Thanks to the city’s innovative B-Cycle program, rental bikes are available at many points to help you explore the wonderful neighborhoods around downtown, such as the River North Art District (RiNo).
- History Colorado Center
Experience exciting exhibits on the past, present and future of the Mile High City and the Rockies region at Denver’s History Colorado Center. Enjoy the interactive exhibitions during which you can detonate dynamite in an old mine from the late pioneer era (of course, only virtually) or take a look at the exciting permanent exhibition on Buffalo Bill.
- Molly Brown House Museum
The Molly Brown House tells the story of the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and US women’s rights activist.
- Clyfford Still Museum
In the Clyfford Still Museum are some of the most important works by the artist Clyfford Still, who is considered one of the first and most important artists of Abstract Expressionism.
- Blue Bear and Public Art
The 10-meter-high blue bear that looks through the window of the Colorado Convetion Center is not the only public piece of art in Denver. Throughout the city you will come across artistic wall paintings, sculptures and other street art.
- Larimer Square
A district that is characterized by historical buildings and unique charm and is home to many bars, boutiques and restaurants.
- LoDo District
The must-see in Denver. A historic district with old restored factory buildings that are now bars, cafes and restaurants.
- Red Rocks Amphitheater
The spectacular venue on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Many well-known bands and musicians, such as the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen, have already performed here.
Information about Denver
Area: 397 km²
Height: 1609 m above sea level
Tallest building: 218 m
Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (CET -8 hours)
Airport: Denver International Airport
Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, protected nature area with over 200 m high sand dunes in southern Colorado, USA; created 1932, 148 km2. The sand dunes are the highest in the United States; they have arisen by wind deposition on a desert-like stretch of valley in the Rocky Mountains.
Platte River, Nebraska River, river in the United States; approx. 1600 km from the state of Colorado in the Rocky Mountains to the Missouri River south of Omaha in Nebraska. With the tributaries North Platte and South Platte, it drains 223,000 km2, most of it in Nebraska, where it is used for irrigation and hydropower. Largest dam lake is Lake McConaughy behind Kingsley Dam.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, natural park in Colorado, USA, near the resort town of Estes Park NV for Denver; 1061 km2, grdl. 1915. The park consists of an elevated alpine mountain landscape whose snow-capped peaks can be experienced from the Trail Ridge Road. About 1/3 of the area located above the timber line, the rest is covered by varied species of coniferous forest.