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Denver - The Best City to On Earth

By Edited Jan 6, 2016 5 13

What set's the Mile High City apart from the rest

Many view Denver as the Wild West, a rough and tumble town nestled in the Rocky Mountains—but this capital city of Colorado is much, much more than just a cow town, it is one of the best cities in the entire United States.  While Colorado may not have the culture of Broadway or the beaches of Southern California, it is one of the most beautiful, walkable, and active cities in the world.  It has more public parks than any major metro area except Minneapolis and has wonderful weather the entire year.  Denver has seven major professional sports teams, and with the neighboring Rocky Mountains, it has one of the most active lifestyles of any major metropolitan area. 

Yes, my friends, Denver is much more than a cow town.  Denver, quite simply, is the best place on Earth.  So whether you would like to plan a Colorado vacation or would actually like to move to the Mile High City, here are a few of the many reasons why Denver is truly a world-class town.  

Culture and Museums in Denver

Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA)

The Denver Center features all of the best shows from Broadway and holds many other fantastic in-house productions throughout the year.  The newest venue at the DCPA, the Elle Caulkins Opera House, is a world-class facility. 

The Denver Art Museum

With a dizzying recent addition designed by Daniel Liebeskind and an original building designed by famed architect Gio Ponti, the Denver Art Museum has rocketed itself to the forefront of art museums in the United States.  Its collections are not nearly as vast as that of the Met or the Art Institute, but the museum is engaging and certainly a must see. 

Denver's Clyfford Still Museum
The Clyfford Still Museum

Opened in late 2011, the understated Clyfford Still musuem is home to almost the entire collection of Still’s artwork.  Few museums have any of Still’s famous abstract expressionist art, but this museum is home to over 2,400 of this painter’s works.

Museum of Nature and Science

With over half a million square feet of space, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a must-see attraction for “kids” of all ages.  Travel through time in the Prehistoric Journey dinosaur exhibit and test your body’s physical limits in Expedition Health, this museum should not be missed. 

The Denver Zoo

Nestled next to the Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo has over 80 acres of space housing everything from lemurs to poison dart frogs.  The Denver Zoo was the first zoo in the country to house their animals in lifelike cages as opposed to metal bars.  This concept has been expanded on with some of the zoo’s more recent exhibits such as Primate Panorama and Predator Ridge. 

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens is a public gardens located south of the downtown area.  Recently revamped with new facilities, these gardens are host to some of the best flora and fauna in the western United States.   

Other Notable Museums in Denver

History Colorado Center, Vance Kirkland Museum, the Molly Brown House, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

Attractions and Events
Denver's City and County Building at Christmas

Elitch Gardens

Located next to the Pepsi Center in Downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens is one of the few amusement parks in the country located in an urban core.  Elitches has many great roller coasters and an entire water park to boot, making it a great attraction for thrill seekers and families alike. 

Water World

Although not technically in Denver, Water World is a world class water park second in size to only Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin.  Over 67 acres in size and with 44 attractions, Water World is a great place to cool off in the summer. 

Lakeside Amusement Park

Just outside of Denver, Lakeside is one of the oldest amusement parks in the US.  Located fittingly next to a lake, Lakeside has one of the best historic roller coasters in the country. 

Denver Events

Throughout the year, Denver is home to some well-traveled and exciting events.  With everything from the People’s Fair to Taste of Colorado and from Ski Jump competitions to Formula One racing, these Denver attractions will give you the best of what Colorado has to offer.  If you’re in the area around Christmas time, be sure to check out the City and County Building for one of the best Christmas displays in the county. 

Red Rocks
Red Rocks Amphitheater - Best Concert Venue in Denver

Simply, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver is the best place to a concert in the world. Situated neatly between standstone rocks, this natural amphitheater is one of the most stunning venues in the entire world.  Red Rocks has hosted live album recordings by everyone from U2 to Dave Matthews.  During the summer, be sure to catch a show, or stop at “Film on the Rocks” for a late night movie. 

Denver Sports

Denver is home to professional teams in every major (and minor) sport imaginable.  This town bleeds blue and orange of the Denver Broncos and also has the Colorado Rockies (baseball), the Denver Nuggets (basketball), and the Colorado Avalanche (hockey).  Denver is also the home of two professional lacrosse teams—the Colorado Mammoth (indoor lacrosse) and the Denver Outlaws (outdoor)—and is home to the Colorado Rapids (soccer). 

Each of these teams plays in some of the best venues in their respective leagues.  Mile High Stadium, Coors Field, and the Pepsi Center are all fantastic locations to see sporting events. 

Outdoor Activities near Denver

When it comes to outdoor activities, there is just no metro area with anything close to what Denver has to offer.  With Colorado’s mountains a short 30-minute drive away, skiing, hiking, and camping are just a few short moments away from this metro area.  If you’d like, you can drive to the top of Mount Evans after about an hour and a half in the car.  Mount Evans sits above 14,000 feet above sea level along with 54 other mountains in this state.  Colorado's National Parks are also great places to spend a day or an entire vacation.  

If skiing and snowboarding is your thing, you might want to head out to Aspen and rub elbows with the stars or maybe you should make your way down to Wolf Creek pass to get away from the crowd.  Historic hot springs dot the mountains in Glenwood and Pagosa Springs.  If you would like, take a trip to a dude ranch, or go fly-fishing on the Blue River. Whether you would like to escape from your daily grind, or just want to get some exercise, the opportunities are endless for you in the mountains of Colorado.

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Comments

Feb 8, 2012 6:23am
Ernie
I really like Denver. I am just worried about if the population keeps growing.
Feb 9, 2012 12:05am
Antares
I believe the population growth has slowed with the down economy. Denver has definitely grown at a high rate in the last 10 to 20 years. One of the best things about Denver, though, is that you can escape into the mountains (and from people) rather quickly.
Feb 8, 2012 10:56am
JadeDragon
Only seen the airport a few times (cool airport though). Sounds like a good place to spend time.
Feb 9, 2012 12:06am
Antares
Sure is. There's plenty to see and do in Denver. And, of course, there's plenty to see and do outside of Denver as well!
Feb 8, 2012 2:29pm
footloose
Actually, Denver is only the big city. The small mountain towns are where it's at! Yeah Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs), my stompin' grounds!

Nice feature, Denver is good too!
Feb 9, 2012 12:06am
Antares
Totally agree. I love Denver, but I'd usually rather spend a day in the mountains than in the city!
Feb 8, 2012 3:20pm
jeni10
I've been through Denver; it's a beautiful city. I didn't have time to see much, but I'd love to return one day. Great article; thanks for sharing. Congrats on your feature.
Feb 9, 2012 12:07am
Antares
Well, I hope you come back and are able to spend more time in town. It certainly has a lot to offer!
Feb 9, 2012 4:06pm
Aleo
Congratulations again! It's good to see that there is more to Denver than 'Dynasty', famous though that became!
Feb 11, 2012 1:26pm
Antares
Ha! I've never actually heard of Dynasty till you commented. Boulder, which is about 30 minutes north of Denver, was also made "famous" by Mork and Mindy. Yes, there is certainly much more to Denver than these TV shows :)
Feb 9, 2012 4:24pm
vicdillinger
In have been there many times, and the airport always makes me think of some remote frontier outpost (because of where it is). I initially thought the airport's abstracted peaks represented Native American abodes, but then later I found out they stood for the Rockies (I think I'll keep my teepee image instead, though).

I remember awakening in a hotel one morning eayly with the sun rise reflecting pinkish and gold off the Rockies. Gorgeous. The woman I was with, when I asked her if she ever got tired of looking at that mountain view (she'd lived there for years), replied "No, I never do." I don't think I would either.

Good article, and reminiscing gave me a smirk. Thumb's up!
Feb 11, 2012 1:24pm
Antares
Thanks. And no, I don't ever get sick of the view of the mountains either. Sometimes we certainly take the views for granted, but nothing beats snowcapped peaks in the pink and purple glow of dawn and dusk.
Mar 15, 2012 12:13am
ShogunWriter
Great write up. As a resident of south Denver I agree with everything you posted, and really enjoy the fact I can be in 8,000 acres of open space within a few minutes or in the heart of downtown in 25 minutes. Another great place to check out is the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Belmar, just outside of Golden.
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