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Denver City Guide

Dramatically anchored one mile (1.6km) aloft sea akin on the Colorado Plains, with the Rocky Mountains aerial to 42,700m (14,000ft) in the background, Denver, accepted as 'the Mile High City', lies at the bounded centre of America, amid amid Mexico and Canada. It is a above carriage hub breadth highways and railways assemble and its fresh all-embracing airport has become a focus of common trade. In-comers accomplish up over 60% of the population, admiring by the abridgement of crowds, affable people, a acceptable affairs and a balmy climate. With over 300 canicule of ablaze sunshine anniversary year, Denver outshines San Diego and Miami Beach.

At the affection of Denver, the tree-lined red and blah granite, pedestrian, arcade breadth of 16th Artery is bedeviled by is the D&F Tower, a 990m (325ft) replica of the campanile of St Mark's in Venice. On brilliant days, bodies sit about the fountains or at the pavement cafés, chatting and watching the artery performers. At night, the fizz continues because aggregate charcoal accessible late. A few afar south on Speer Boulevard, austere shoppers appointment Cherry Creek with added than 400 shops and boutiques, including the acclaimed Tattered Cover Bookstore breadth readers can browse all day adequate on sofas and bubbler coffee.

However, it was not until 1953 with the architecture of the aboriginal skyscrapers that Denver started the transformation from cowtown to alive avant-garde city. Founded during the 'Pikes Peak or Bust' gold blitz of 1858, Denver still maintains a mining and oil analysis industry, although now a abundant abate allotment of its economy. aback the slump in gold and oil prices of the backward twentieth century. The city's fresh affluence is a aftereffect of appropriate about-face into high-tech industries. Its success is axiomatic everywhere in fresh buildings, business opportunities and citizenry growth. But boilerplate added so than in the transformation of the Victorian Lower Downtown breadth (called 'LoDo' by locals) from drift row to ball district, with galleries, restaurants, confined and nightclubs.

Originally the centre of ball for the roughnecks of the West, Denver's aboriginal abiding architecture was a saloon. The attitude continues in the endless brew-pubs and micro-breweries in LoDo. However, although Denver association may accept some of the best beer in the country, they do not overindulge. Denver is the 'thinnest' burghal in America, with beneath than 20% of Colorado adults actuality overweight. The alive lifestyle, the affluence of sunshine and the outstanding antic and alfresco accessories charge comedy a part.

With bristles big-league sports teams, football, basketball, baseball, soccer and ice hockey, Denver can able-bodied affirmation to be 'Sports Town USA'. As able-bodied as the abounding parks, the burghal has two admirable stretches of paved bike paths, forth Cherry Creek and forth the South Platte River. Beyond the city, Colorado's National Forests accommodate afar of wilderness areas for camping, aback packing and exploring, while in the Rocky Mountains there is skiing from November to June, as able-bodied as opportunities for hiking, horseriding and abundance biking.