Denver, Colorado, is one of America’s most beautiful cities. It’s also a city where within minutes you aren’t just out in the suburbs, you are out in the mountains in the middle of nowhere! This city of strong contrasts is a great place to spend a vacation as it has something to offer everyone from the very young to the not so young.
The fact that gold is the foundation on which Denver was built is very much in evidence around the city with various landmarks being the product of the gold boom era – from the house in which Molly Brown lived (now a museum that recounts her rags to riches story through narration and artifacts), to the cathedral that she helped finance with the money made from the gold her husband discovered in his mine.
The capitol building is a beautiful piece of architecture but if you have enough energy to walk up to the top of it’s dome, you’ll be rewarded by being able to stand on the spot where Denver’s “mile high” city nickname originates – you’ll be standing one mile above sea level. The view from the top is well worth the climb!
Most cities have malls; Denver takes it that one step further. The 16th Street Mall is a mile long, and even has its own shuttle bus to transport you up and down as you shop. The mall isn’t closed in as most malls are, and with cafes and fountains it’s a great place to sit outside and people watch in the afternoon.
Home to the Denver mint (no samples given), Denver museum has a dinosaur skeleton as one of it’s major exhibits and if the weather isn’t playing nice, the Children’s Museum of Denver is a fun place to take the kids until the sun comes out again. When the weather changes, the Denver zoo and Six Flags Amusement Park will help keep boredom at bay!
Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, thrills or the natural environment, you’ll be sure to find it in Denver.