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Denver, Colorado, USA

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Denver Overview

If you want to experience natural beauty in a cosmopolitan setting, then Denver’s the place for you. With 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver is an ideal place to visit, whether it’s in the middle of summer, or the dead of winter. Along with its inviting weather, Denver boasts the second largest performing arts center in the country, and sports aficionados will find themselves in sports heaven with football, baseball and Hockey games. For those in need of “retail therapy” you’ll find the best shopping in Denver, where you can buy unique jewelry, fine art, original crafts or designer clothing, at just about every price range imaginable.

The city’s origins date back to 1858, when prospectors from Georgia came across the plains of the Colorado territory and discovered gold. The word got out, and people from all over the country flocked to find their piece of wealth in this mountainous region; they walked, traveled in wagons, and even pushed wheelbarrows to get here. A group of prospectors settled down and created Montana City, later to be named Denver. But Denver was not wealthy or prosperous; rather, it became a town filled with crime bosses, gambling and gangs during the late 1800s.

With its prosperity, Denver came to be known as the “Queen City of the Plains” (besides its later well-known name, the “Mile High City”) for its role in the agriculture industry. In its honor, the U.S navy has named several of its ships: USS Denver.

More than just a pretty city, Denver offers something for everyone. It is home to a large performing arts center, the second largest in the country, after Lincoln Center in New York City; it is the site of private and public universities and colleges; and nationally recognized museums and art galleries - you won’t have difficulties finding a Broadway show, contemporary dance, or ballet. Denver’s symphony orchestra, as well as its internationally acclaimed opera, is also a must-see. Not only are cultural offerings unlike any you’ve seen in the Midwest or West Coast, but Denver also has more than 200 parks, including a large 314 acre city park containing a zoo, a museum and a boathouse.

If you’re looking for fine food, you can also find the best restaurants in Denver, especially if you’re searching for fantastic beef and buffalo steak houses.

Denver’s trendy downtown area is another must-see on your Denver itinerary. It's lined with shops, cafes, bars, nightclubs, and saloons.Yes, Denver saloons are still around, keeping the memories of yesteryear alive. You can even visit an old mining town, ride a bull and see real life cowboys when you visit Denver.

This mile high city that includes snowcapped peaks, vibrant culture, lots of great outdoor fun, trendy neighborhoods, and much more, is one place yyou won't forget. Whether you visit Denver alone, with your partner or family, or even with a couple of good friends, it’s a place you’ll be wanting to return to, again and again.
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