The Cen­ten­nial State

Denver, Colorado is an ac­tive, young city at the base of the Rocky Moun­tains with 300 days of sun­shine each year, a walk­a­ble down­town lined with side­walk cafés and easy ac­cess to na­ture and out­door ad­ven­tures. Nes­tled at the foot of the Rocky Moun­tains, T

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It’s no won­der that Denver’s parks, bi­cy­cle trails and prox­im­ity to the Rocky Moun­tains at­tract out­door en­thu­si­asts from around the world, and that the city’s res­i­dents are among the fittest in the na­tion. Colorado’s boom­ing cap­i­tal is the per­fect big city ex­cur­sion be­fore or af­ter ex­plor­ing the fa­mous Colorado ski re­sorts or nearby na­tional parks like Wy­oming’s Yel­low­stone or Utah’s Arches.

In the heart of down­town, dis­cover the 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square and his­toric Lower Down­town (LoDo), all filled with lo­cal eater­ies, art gal­leries and one-of-a-kind shops like the iconic Rock­mount Ranch Wear store. Climb the steps to the State Capi­tol’s western en­trance to spy the brass plaque that marks the ex­act el­e­va­tion of 5,280 feet (1,609 me­tres) and the ori­gin of the city’s “Mile High” moniker.

Also nearby, en­joy thrills for all ages at El­itch Gar­dens Theme & Wa­ter Park, fea­tur­ing heart-stop­ping roller coast­ers, fun wa­ter slides, live en­ter­tain­ment and more.

Ex­plore the city on two wheels! Denver’s B-cy­cle bike-shar­ing pro­gram makes it easy to visit world-class at­trac­tions like the Denver Art Mu­seum, fea­tur­ing western and Na­tive Amer­i­can art, the lush ur­ban oa­sis of the Denver Botanic Gar­dens, the Molly Brown House and the His­tory Colorado Cen­ter where sto­ries of the state’s past are told daily. In City Park, en­joy two of the city’s most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, the Denver Zoo (fea­tur­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing new Toy­ota Ele­phant Pas­sage) and the Denver Mu­seum of Na­ture & Sci­ence (in­clud­ing di­nosaur fos­sils, an IMAX theatre, Egyp­tian mum­mies and much more).

Cherry Creek is Denver’s pre­mier shop­ping and din­ing neigh­bour­hood, just five min­utes from down­town. The com­bi­na­tion of Cherry Creek North and the Cherry Creek Shop­ping Cen­ter makes this neigh­bour­hood the largest and most var­ied shop­ping des­ti­na­tion be­tween Chicago and San Fran­cisco. It’s where Denver comes to shop, sip and be seen.

Boast­ing 320 in­de­pen­dently owned shops, bou­tiques, gal­leries, restaurants, and spas, Cherry Creek North of­fers 16 blocks of re­tail bliss. The up­scale Cherry Creek Shop­ping Cen­ter has more than 160 shops, 40 of which are exclusive to the area, in­clud­ing Neiman Mar­cus, Tif­fany & Co., Burberry, Louis Vuit­ton and Ralph Lauren. Stop by the guest ser­vices desk to re­ceive a free “Pass­port to Shop­ping” pass of­fer­ing dis­counts to more than 60 stores.

Red Rocks Park & Am­phithe­atre (just 30 min­utes from down­town) is a must-see, with spec­tac­u­lar red sand­stone for­ma­tions ris­ing out of the foothills. Hike the beau­ti­ful trails around the am­phithe­atre by day and en­joy a con­cert un­der the stars by night.

Denver is also a gate­way to day-trip ad­ven­tures. Just about an hour from down­town, you can river raft in the spec­tac­u­lar Clear Creek Canyon, ride horses to Old West towns, ex­plore work­ing gold mines, hop aboard a nar­row-gauge steam train, drive up the high­est paved road in North Amer­ica or hike in beau­ti­ful Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park. Af­ter a morn­ing in the moun­tains, you can be back in the city for din­ner at in­ti­mate bars and chef-owned restaurants, ride through his­toric down­town on a horse-drawn car­riage or pedi-cab, catch ma­jor league sports or see theatre, mu­sic and dance in Amer­ica’s sec­ond-largest per­form­ing arts com­plex.

Don’t leave the city with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Denver’s ex­cit­ing craft beer world - more beer is brewed here than in any other US city. See how The Mile High City has be­come known as the “Napa Val­ley of Beer” dur­ing a be­hind-the-scenes brew­ery tour!

Denver is an ac­tive, young city with a friendly, western vibe – a place where vis­i­tors will find ex­cit­ing nightlife, shop­ping, cui­sine, arts and cul­ture – all lo­cated near the spec­tac­u­lar Rocky Moun­tains.

Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park

Colorado Capi­tol ex­te­rior

Sky­line from City Park

Con­flu­ence Park

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