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Denver Introduction


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Denver, Colorado, is often associated with the Old West, but the New West has left a more visible mark. Modern Denver is the financial, business, administrative and transportation center of the Rocky Mountain region. The Denver area is a major livestock market and headquarters to mining companies. Denver's leading manufacturers produce aeronautic, telecommunication, electronic and other high-technology products.   Click here to see the full Denver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Denver Geography


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Many people are surprised to learn that Denver is not actually in the mountains. It's located on a high plateau about 15 mi/24 km east of the foothills of the Rockies. The largest city in Colorado, Denver is situated in the central northern part of the state where the South Platte River meets Cherry Creek. The surrounding terrain is predominantly flatland plain, known as the Front Range. The city earned its nickname, The Mile High City, because its elevation (measured at the gold step on the state Capitol building) is one mile above sea level (5,280 ft/1,609 m).  Click here to see the full Denver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Denver History


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Native Americans occupied the Denver area for centuries, but the growth of the city itself began in 1859, when flakes of gold were discovered near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. The resulting flood of fortune-seeking Gold Rush settlers made Denver a bona fide boomtown, prompting the federal government to establish Colorado as a territory in 1861. Denver was incorporated the same year, and named the state capital 20 years later.  Click here to see the full Denver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Denver Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Downtown Denver is a refreshing change from most big cities, in part because it doesn't feel too big. Surrounding a mile-/kilometer-long outdoor pedestrian mall, Denver's downtown is home to three sports stadiums, more than 300 restaurants, high-rise office towers, century-old churches, grand hotels and modern museums. We suggest starting your tour at the gold-domed Colorado State Capitol Building, the most prominent structure downtown. From the Capitol, which anchors Civic Center Park between the arts district to the south and the shopping and historic areas to the northwest, most of the downtown sights are within walking distance.  Click here to see the full Denver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Denver Nightlife


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Denver's local music scene is lively, with bands playing and DJs spinning almost every night of the week. Lower Downtown, between Wynkoop and Larimer streets, and from 14th to 20th streets, is chock-full of bars, taverns and pubs, ranging from retro martini lounges to hip dance clubs and smoky blues bars. Look (and listen) for up-and-coming rock, jazz, blues, country, folk and bluegrass artists in many bars around town. Most dance clubs close at 2 am.  Click here to see the full Denver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Denver Restaurants & Dining


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Granted, it's easier to get a good steak in Denver than great seafood. But cuisines throughout the city run the gamut from delis and food carts downtown to the Vietnamese strip on South Federal, and Mexican restaurants can be found in just about every neighborhood.   Click here to see the full Denver travel guide on Travel42 »

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