Where in the country does the city’s mayor also own some of the state’s most popular microbreweries? Well, Denver, of course. Mayor John Hickenlooper was famous for owning Front Range brewpubs long before he got into politics. Denver is the only metropolis in this region and also happens to sit at exactly 5280ft – or 1 mile high (hence its nickname, ‘Mile High City’). The city even boasts its own brand of weird American food. Try the Rocky Mountain Oysters once, but be aware before ordering that these are fried bulls testicles!
Although it’s not the coolest city in the world (we think Boulder is more personal and just as easy to get to from Denver International Airport), Denver is a good place to get your bearings (or recover from jetlag) before exploring the region. Set against a brilliant Rocky Mountain backdrop, Denver effortlessly blends Old West with cosmopolitan hip.
Best places to stay in Denver
Colorado - Denver & Around (Chapter)
Denver, the inner-mountain West’s cosmopolitan capital, delights in a growing culinary and arts scene, plus plenty of brewpubs, great parks and cycling trails, and close proximity to spectacular hiking, rafting, skiing and camping in the Rocky...
Denver’s cowboy culture gets cool
Not so long ago, Denver was known as a “cow town” where Stetsons, cowboy shirts and conservative Western sensibilities were the norm. Far from being considered liberal or progressive, the city was famous for John Denver’s folk-rock song Rocky Mountain High and the local delicacy, Rocky Mountain Oysters (bull testicles)...
Denver destination guides
A one-day beer tour of Denver, home of the microbrewery
They say there are more microbreweries in Colorado than any other US state… or maybe it’s that there are more microbreweries per capita than any other US state. Have enough of these barley pops and the distinction seems trivial – suffice to say that there’s a helluva lot of brewin’ doin’! Start at the Wynkoop Brewing Co...
Front Range Snowshoeing Adventure from Denver
Explore the Denver area’s winter wonderland – the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains – on a snowshoeing tour! Just 30 minutes outside Denver, Colorado’s Front Range has hundreds of trails that allow you to enjoy the wintertime wilderness (Nov to March). Choose either a 4- or 6-hour adventure to suit your schedule.
Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure from Denver
Enjoy the fresh Colorado air and admire the views of the Rocky Mountains as you fly through trees and over meadows on a zipline! Ride on some of Colorado’s longest zipline tracks on a course that spans more than 6,000 feet (1,828 m). Choose between a 4-line ride and a 6-line ride and enjoy scenic hikes between the ziplines.