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Whitsunday Times - - TRAVEL -

EN­VER, with its close prox­im­ity to the moun­tains, is known as the gate­way to Aspen, but be­yond the slopes there is much to dis­cover about Colorado’s big­gest city, once home to the leg­endary Bob Dy­lan.

Nick­named the “mile high city” be­cause its el­e­va­tion is ex­actly one mile above sea level, Den­ver is a slower-paced city but still bustling with per­son­al­ity.

One of the must-see at­trac­tions in Den­ver is Larimer Square, which is burst­ing with bars and restau­rants.

Rioja is among the high­lights, with its Mediter­ranean-inspired menu re­ally hit­ting the mark.

Award-win­ning ex­ec­u­tive chef Jen­nifer Jasin­ski is a shin­ing star of the Den­ver culi­nary scene, with three other restau­rants un­der her belt in­clud­ing Bistro Ven­dome, Eu­clid Hall Bar and Kitchen and seafood bar Stoic and Gen­uine.

Home to a num­ber of ma­jor sport­ing teams in­clud­ing the Den­ver Bron­cos (NFL), Colorado Rock­ies (MLB) and Den­ver Nuggets (NBA), Den­ver is a sports en­thu­si­ast’s par­adise. Soak up Amer­i­can cul­ture at its best by go­ing to a game and cheer­ing on the lo­cal team.

Whether you are a sport­ing fan or not, you should watch a Rock­ies home game at Coors Field lo­cated right by Den­ver Union Train and Bus Sta­tion.

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