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
Golf getaways for the non-golfer
The sweet smell of wet grass. The unmistakable thwack of a clean hit. That last glimpse of a ball as it soars long and straight down the fairway. Golf can be a beautiful game. Of course, not every golfer wants to spend every moment on the green.
Denver destination guides
On the Road: following Kerouac across the US
The USA is a big country, and whenever anyone’s tried to define it – be they a Charles Dickens, a Mark Twain or a Stephen Fry – they’ve hit the road. So did the Beat Generation in the 1940s. They’d skip class to dig jazz and debate their place in Cold War America.
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.
Alternatives to Oktoberfest
The barrels may have already been rolled out at Munich’s annual Oktoberfest, but there are still plenty of other beer festivals happening all over the globe to which you can raise your glass.