The city of Denver rests at a lofty mile-high elevation near the Rocky Mountains and presents visitors with a great selection of interesting activities, thrilling attractions and adventurous excursions. The community is home to a wide spectrum of establishments ranging from art museums to theme parks, and is sure to provide tourists with ample opportunities to enjoy themselves in Colorado's capital city.

History


Denver was originally established as a mining community in the mid-1800s by a group of prospectors searching for gold during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. At first, the settlement was known as Denver City, but later dropped the latter portion after becoming the capital of the Colorado territory in 1867. The city's early success was almost all for naught when developers decided to steer the Transcontinental Railroad south toward Cheyenne instead of Denver. Fortunately, community visionaries were able to procure enough financial support to build the Denver Pacific Railway line that connected the city to the sprawling transcontinental line in 1870. From that point, Denver grew to become a thriving metropolis built by trade, and eventually became the city we know today.

Climate


Denver is a mountainous city that lies squarely within the temperate zone and receives a variety of weather patterns throughout the year. Summers are warm and humid while winters are rather brisk and characterized by moderate snowfall. Like other communities located near the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, Denver experiences some rapid weather changes. Visitors shouldn't be surprised to see a rain, snow and sunshine all in a single day.

Local Attractions


Elitch Gardens Theme Park is an excellent place to spend a few days in Denver. If you're a fan of high-speed thrill rides, entertaining shows and gigantic water slides, then this locale should be a must-see attraction on your itinerary. Strap yourself into a seat and get your adrenaline pumping on the high-flying Mind Eraser, a suspended roller coaster that features a variety of hair-pin turns, dips, dives, corkscrews and more. If high-powered coasters aren't really your thing, try your hand at one of the many game tents and arcades located throughout the park. Test your aim with a water pistol at Top Glo, where guests squirt to win, or demonstrate your skill with darts and try to pop balloons for one of many great prizes. If you've got your kids in tow, family-friendly games and rides can be found in abundance at Elitch Gardens. If all the action has got you feeling the heat, cool off at the water park where you'll be able to zoom down tubes and slides or lounge in an inflatable tube at Castaway Creek. Fun and excitement are easy to find when you spend an afternoon at Elitch Gardens.

Denver's LoDo District, or lower downtown historic district, is an excellent stop for individuals hoping to discover the history and heritage of this great American city. Visitors who make their way to this end of town will find an exquisite collection of architectural grandeur that represents styles ranging from romanesque to art deco. The LoDo district is the oldest part of the city, tracing its roots back to 1858 when General William Larimer first established a settlement at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. A number of Denver's oldest businesses also reside in this area along with a great selection of bars and eateries, including Fogo de Chão Restaurant, Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar, the Icehouse Tavern, the Denver Chophouse and Brewery, Brother's Bar and Grill and many others. No trip to Denver would be complete without a stop to the historic LoDo District.

If you're in the mood to sit back, relax and enjoy a performance, plan a nighttime excursion to the historic Paramount Theater. As one of Denver's most popular performance venues, the Paramount features a wide selection of bands, theatrical performances, comedy acts and more. This glamorous establishment has been a Denver favorite since 1930, and is one of the few theaters in the city to maintain its original grace and charm through the years. Whether you're hoping to catch a classic musical, a live concert from your favorite band or a routine performed by the nation's funniest comedians, the Paramount has you covered.

Art and Culture


Visitors who're hoping to see some of the city's amazing artwork should be sure to stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art. This community favorite features work that explores the art and culture of modern life through a constant rotation of exhibits, and encourages the development of local creativity through public educational programs. Meander through the museum's many galleries for a chance to take in the work of some of the art world's most celebrated new stars. Past exhibitions have included paintings, sculptures and installation pieces by talented artists such as Gaspar Libedinsky, Eduardo Sarabia, Tatiana Blass, Maya Gurantz, Karen Kilimnik, William Lamson, Adrian Ghenie, Dana Schutz, Richard Peterson, Fred Sandback and numerous others. The museum also features periodic events that range from fitness programs to holiday inspired burlesque dancing.

If you'd rather create your own artwork instead of enjoying other artist's talents, spend an evening at Sipping N' Painting. This local establishment invites guests to relax, enjoy a few glasses of wine and try their hand at creating a wide spectrum of dazzling brushstrokes on canvas. Amiable instructors will provide you with proper guidance to help you create your own unique masterpiece.

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