Far from just a stop-gap for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain ski resorts, Denver is a city of sophistication that effortlessly blends a taste of the Old West style with a cosmopolitan edge.
Known as The Mile High City, Denver sits at 5280ft – or 1 mile – right at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains; the home to world-famous ski resorts such as Vail, Aspen and Telluride. It is here where stunning natural beauty of the landscape collides effortlessly with the cityscape – it’s no wonder that Denverites are known for their outdoorsy nature with such magnificent scenery on their doorstep.
Like any city, Denver has an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods, each with their own particular style; Lower Downtown (or LoDo) is home to restored, turn-of-the-century architecture in Larimer Square; Chery Creek is 16 blocks dedicated to retail therapy and the River North Art District (or RiNo) is a mecca for the city’s artsy types. Throughout these neighbourhoods, visitors can expect gastronomic delights and some of the best microbrew in the land.
Things to do in Denver
1. See the Blossoms of Light
Head over to the city’s botanical gardens during the holiday season to see the park light up by thousands of twinkling lights. Warm drinks and tasty treats are on hand as you enjoy your stroll around the beautiful snowy gardens.
2. Catch a concert at Red Rocks
A naturally formed, world-famous outdoor amphitheatre, Red Rocks is a bucket-list experience. Although Red Rocks usually hosts the most concerts over the summer months, if you are lucky you can catch the odd concert in winter – a stunning location and surrounding park nonetheless.
3. Go art gallery hopping in RiNo
Holding on to its industrial looks, The River North Art District known as RiNo just south of Downtown Denver, is becoming an ever-popular destination for creative-types. Artists, architects, entertainers and even urban agriculturalists have been flocking to the area, bringing their own flare to the neighbourhood’s eclectic flavour.
4. Check out Denver’s microbreweries
Did you know that the Mayor of Denver used to own a microbrewery before getting into politics? Naturally, microbreweries form a big part of Denver’s character. The city is peppered with fantastic microbreweries, such as Caution Brewing Company and River North Brewery – all of which come together at the annual Winter Brew Fest, held in late January.