Cleverly nicknamed as ‘Mile High City’ (Denver does in fact sit exactly one mile above sea level), and backed by the kind of mountain range that instantly justifies the arty name, Denver arguably has one main draw: clear air, and the chance to sneak off into the Colorado Rockys for a quick bit of hill walking, skiing or rock climbing at next to no notice.
The overbearing draw of the mountains, though unmissable, should not be allowed to totally overshadow the city itself, though. Denver is heavy on the cultural side of things, with museums and galleries galore to explore downtown, including gems like an exploration of the city’s gold rush era at the Molly Brown House and Museum, or an abundance of public art tucked away in locations like the Civic Centre Park.
LoDo – also the district that’s home to Denver’s passion-inducing baseball team – is perhaps the must-see district, hiding draws like block upon block of beautifully renovated Victorian architecture, as well as a sport themed bar scene and the heart of Denver’s array of restaurants (if you have the chance, order a Rocky Mountain Oyster, though not without looking up what that means, first!). If you’re the fashionable type, nearby Larimer Square will draw you in, too, with endless branded boutiques, as well as a beautiful winter vibe accentuated by the gentle lighting. Fashionable, but inevitable pricey with it.
It wouldn’t be right to visit Denver without at least dabbling in the old Cowboy era relics, such as Buffalo Bill’s grave at the top of Lookout Mountain, from where you can see plenty of his old frontiers before heading to the Bill themed museum, too. In it you’ll find bows and arrows, early shooters and an insightful glance into the heart of Buffalo Bills bizarre and celebrated life.
Even if you’re here for the mountains, then, there’s plenty to justify a day or two hanging out in Mile High City and taking in the sense of enduring history that seems to come with a place with a truly special backdrop.
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