Denver, the mile high city is near the mountains, not in them. There are 200 named peaks visible from Denver, including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) and above. The mountain panorama visible from Denver is 140 miles (225 km) long. Located east of a major mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. In winter, Denver is dryer than Phoenix with an average daily high of 45 degrees (7 degrees Celsius) in February. Golf courses remain open all year and have been played as many as 30 days in January.
Denver boasts the 10th largest downtown in America and one of the most exciting and walkable. Within a mile radius, downtown Denver has three major sports stadiums, the nation's second-largest performing arts center, three colleges, an assortment of art and history museums, a mint that produces 10 billion coins a year, a river offering whitewater rafting, more than 11,000 hotel rooms, a downtown theme and water park, downtown aquarium and hundreds of chef-driven restaurants.
In 1858, there was not a single person living in the Denver metro area. Thirty years later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000. It was a Gold Rush that caused this boom, and in a 30-year period, Denver saw some of the wildest events in the Wild, Wild West. This fascinating period is relived in museums, old gold mining villages and hundreds of elegant Victorian buildings.
Denver loves its sports, from basketball to football to soccer to baseball. Denver also has horse racing and a professional rodeo. Denver has 90 golf courses, miles of bike paths and the nation's most unique city park system. Visitors can explore the city using B-cycle, Denver's pioneering bike-sharing program. Pick up a bike at one of 80-plus stations (located near hotels and major attractions), take a ride and return it at any other station – all for a small membership fee.
Whether you're enjoying a night out on the town at one of Larimer Square's independently owned fine dining spots or digging into the offerings from one of the city's many gourmet food halls, you can count on fresh, local ingredients. The city's beer world is booming, too, with new craft breweries opening up every month, along with several distilleries and wineries, too!
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