Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings, shops, bars and restaurants. Besides being a national gem, Denver also boost impressive cultural scene and a hand full of worth-seeing museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown as well as one of my favorite, Denver Natural History Museum. As an urban center, Denver has come a long way. This amazing cosmopolitan capital now delights in a growing culinary and arts scene, plus plenty of brewpubs, great parks, and cycling trails, and close proximity to spectacular hiking rafting, skiing and camping locations in the Rocky Mountains.
Interesting facts about Denver that I bet you didn't know:
Denver is the nation's most highly educated city with the highest percentage of college graduates.
Denver brews more beer than any other American city.
Denver was named the "thinnest" city in America according to the National Cancer Society.
Denver receives 300+ days of sunshine a year.
Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in the city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
Denver has the highest percentage of "Baby Boomers" of any major U.S. city.
Denver really is a mile high.
The last time Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention was in 1908.
Denver International Airport (DEN), which has been lauded as the best and most on-time airport in the United States, which covers twice as much land area as Manhattan,
Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America
The 13th step of the state capitol building in Denver is exactly 1 mile above sea level.
We spent two lovely days in Denver and opted to stay closer to Downtown area (where all the action is) and we ended up slightly regretting that decision due to lack of parking which is a common problem for Denver and quite expensive. However, we did manage to walk around and do some sightseeing and shopping. If you happen to pass through Denver than below are a couple of things you simply must see:
Denver Museum of Natural History - absolutely great for kids and families and be prepared to spend hours at this interactive historical hub! Read more about it at http://www.dmns.org/
Denver Art Museum - again, great place for families, kids and young couples! The museum's collection includes more than 70000 works of art. Read more about it at http://denverartmuseum.org/
Colorado State Capital
Denver Mint - my husbands favorite. Make sure to check their tour policy as it keeps changing. Read more about it here: https://competition.usmint.gov/visiting-the-united-states-mint-in-denver-colorado/
Molly Brown's House - if you happen to be a Titanic enthusiast as I am, you will just love this attraction. Molly Brown's Museum is the former home of Titanic heroine, the unsinkable Margret "Molly" Brown, a woman of extraordinary courage. All tours are guided and last 45 minutes. Definitely worth it. Read more about it here: http://www.mollybrown.org/visit-us/
16th Street Mall - I just love outdoor malls! The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants.
Larimer Square - As the Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block, the buildings along Larimer Square are now home to an inspired mix of independent shops, chef-driven restaurants, and lively bars & clubs. You’ll find everything from one-of-a-kind fashion to vibrant nightlife—all with our signature canopy of lights above.
If you happen to be a huge fan of Amsterdam, you will love Denver! With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, many people are now planning their vacations to our beautiful state. If you want to know more about Colorado Pot Laws check this site: https://www.coloradopotguide.com/.
For all of you who are a little bit more adventures, at only an hour and a half drive from Denver, we recommend Rocky Mountain National Park. The park will make for a memorable day trip - and at $20 per automobile per day, it's also a very affordable one. Read on to learn about the many things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park, like wildlife viewing and scenic drives - http://rockymountainnationalpark.com/.
If you haven't booked your winter holidays yet now is the perfect time to do it. Go on to your Expedia, Booking.com or what ever app you happen to use and make your way over to Denver! You won't be disappointed!