There were originally three separate towns, with three separate names, where Denver now stands. Local boosters named the frontier mining camp on the South Platte River “Denver” after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver in hopes of gaining political favor. In 1859, the other names were dropped in return for a barrel of whiskey to be shared by all. Fittingly enough, the first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.
Now nicknamed the “Mile High City,” because it sits at an elevator of exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. Amazingly, the 13th step on the west side of the Colorado State Capitol Building is exactly one mile high. The Mile High City is also extremely dry, so it is a good idea to drink more water than usual. With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado.
Denver is located 30 minutes from Denver International Airport, and near the mountains, but not in them. The Mile High City sits on high rolling plains, 12 miles east of the Foothills. The Foothills is the start of the mountainous regions of Colorado, climbing to 11,000 feet and beyond that, a range of snowcapped peaks rising to 14,000 feet.
While Denver is not in the mountains, the picturesque views of the mountainous panorama give viewers stunning sunset views from 140 long and include 200 visible peaks, 32 of which that soar to 13,000 feet and above.
Denver boasts over 300 days of sunshine and even on the snowiest days, often afternoons are full of sunlight.
Denver has a population of 682,545 with nearly 3 million people in the metro area, it ranks as the 19th-most populous U.S. city, and with a 2.8% increase in 2015, the city is also the fastest-growing major city in the United States. The region’s population grew 13.8 percent between 2010 and 2015. Denver is ranked as a Beta-World City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
In 2016, Denver was named the best place to live in the USA by U.S. News & World Report.
- Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
- Tours & Tastings at Coors Brewery & Stranahan’s Whiskey
- United States Mint
- Union Station
- Molly Brown House & Museum
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Museum of History and Denver Art Museum
- Home of the Denver Bronco (Football), Colorado Rockies (Baseball), Colorado Avalanche (Hockey) Denver Nuggets (Basketball)
- The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland, containing 9,600 miles (15,449 km) of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and more than 1,000 peaks two miles (3,218 km) high.
- The road to the top of the 14,260-foot (4,346 km) peak of Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America and is maintained and operated by Denver City Parks Department.