Welcome to Denver – The capital of Colorado
Welcome to Denver! Urban avatar between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, the "Queen City of the Plains" might as well be called "the Queen City of the Rockies." Denver is indeed the cultural and commercial centre of the entire region of the Rocky Mountains. Ancient town of miners and ranchers, the capital of Colorado is also renowned for its museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. At 1.600 m above sea level, Denver is, in short, the ideal starting point for a tour of the state of Colorado.
There are plenty things to do and to see. But the must-see are:
- Natural History Museum
One of the first natural history museums in the country, the institution founded at the turn of the century houses the collection of the naturalist Edwin Carter, a native of Colorado.
This enclave boutique shops, restaurants and pubs is the meeting point of the inhabitants "hip", they are punks and yuppies, and clubs of the area around Larimer Square are also frequented the night and the cafés day.
-Denver Art Museum
Certainly a bit special for its architecture, the Art Museum of Denver has one of the largest collections of Native American art in the world, from all over the country Park and Red Rock Amphitheatre.
This 240-hectares park is one of the nicest sites in the Denver Mountain Parks, with 27 parks that covers 70 kms west of the city. Place of relaxation, it is also a cultural area: with exceptional acoustics, amphitheatre outside red sandstone, from a height of 120 meters, hosts many concerts...
-Ulder (near Denver)
At 40 kms northwest of Denver, the beautiful Boulder, bastion of liberals, supporters of alternative lifestyles and new social attitude, is a separate city. Alive, she is also conspicuous by its intellectual character and Culture.
-Black American Museum and Western Heritage Center
Present things as they happened is the creed of this dedicated to blacks West American Museum. While some black American precursors have won Colorado during the mining boom of the mid-19th century, after the civil war that the majority of black Americans won the Colorado State.
Shoppers, be prepared to leave your hearts in Denver. The Mile High City's beloved boutiques, shops, malls and shopping neighbourhoods have grown exponentially as of late, so the list of where to shop in Denver is longer than ever.
From cute indie stores to antique boutiques, souvenir and Western shops, Denver's shops are stocked with the best finds, so you may want to arrive with a little extra room in your suitcase.
Sports and activities:
If Colorado's capital seduces with its museums and its business, its surroundings delight lovers of outdoor activities. Many Rockies sites are conducive to skiing, while Denver is a magnet on the Hikers. If there is the Colorado Trail, which passes about 15 kms south of the city through eight mountain ranges, seven national forests and many rivers in his way to the South of the State, day hikes are also possible. Denver finally offers mountain biking, climbing, or rafting opportunities.
This town offers to those who do not want to sleep many local bars and restaurants and night clubs.
At a 1609m altitude, Denver marks the meeting point of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Crossed by the modest South Platte River (not navigable), the city, like many of his US counterparts, has a straight urban fabric formed of streets and avenues intersecting at right angles. The University of Colorado, the City Park, the Chessman Park and Denver Country Club are the main green spaces. The Colfax Avenue, one of the longest in the US, cuts the city from east to west. The center extends east of the University of Colorado. Denver International Airport is located 40 kms northeast of the city center.
Standard time zone: GMT/UTC: (-07:00).
Influenced by the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado climate is relatively changing. The good weather is generally installed from June to mid-September, while the wind and snow are frequent from November (sometimes earlier) to April.
The Regional Transportation District provides public transportation service throughout the metropolitan Denver-Boulder. This offer is completed by seasonal and free minibus trolley circulating in the pedestrian area of 16th Street Mall. A tram line also cuts the city from north to south in 14 stops. Many car rental companies are present at the Denver airport (served by bus from the city center every hour) and three taxi companies operate in the city.