Denver is a beautiful city with a fabulous view, clean and pleasant
downtown shopping district, cultural activities, and a comfortable climate. Metro
Denver's population of 2.3 million definitely qualifies it as a large city (it's actually
the 20th largest metro area in America) but there is still a friendly western
Be sure to enjoy the 200 + parks, performing arts complex, 16th Street
Mall, and the variety of architecture which represents the many changes Denver has seen
since the early gold rush days. LoDo (actually Lower Downtown) is a trendy area of
the city renovated from Victorian beginnings into pubs, restaurants, shops, and galleries.
If you are flying into Denver you will be able to experience one of
its prides, Denver International Airport. Opened in 1995 this
sprawling, $4.3 billion facility is one of the largest in the World. Also in Denver
is the $215 million Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies.
The Pepsi Center is home to the Stanley Cup Champion Avalanche as well as offering special
events and Nuggets (NBA) games. The Sports Authority Stadium is home
to the Denver Broncos. Also in downtown Denver,
visitors and residents alike can experience the
thrilling rides at Elitch Gardens or see the awesome
array of animals at the Downtown Aquarium.
Despite what many people think Denver enjoys a mild climate. While
snow aplenty falls in the nearby mountains, Denver enjoys over 300 sunny days a year;
that's actually more hours of sun than San Diego! Summers are warm but with little
humidity and winters are pleasant, often surprising newcomers with 60 degree days!
After a short time in Denver you will learn to be ready for anything.
DENVER FUN FACTS:
** A 1996 report indicated that Denver is the "thinnest" city
in the nation.
** Denver has the highest number of "baby boomers".
** More Denver residents have a high school diploma and college
education than any other metropolitan area.
** Did you know the cheeseburger was invented in 1935 at the
Humpty Dumpty Drive-In Restaurant on Speer Blvd?
** The Denver Zoo is the fourth most popular zoo (with an admission
fee) in America.
** The beautiful, shining dome of the State Capitol is a quite a
sight. It is covered with 200 ounces of 24K gold. Inside the Capitol is another
precious stone called Colorado onyx. The entire world's supply was used in this building
and no more of it has ever been found.
** The Indians warned early settlers not to build on the site.
Denver was plagued by bad luck in the early days. Including being destroyed twice,
by fire and flood.