Denver InformationWith the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Great Plains to the east, everyone from skiers to horseback riders uses Denver as a base for exploring the area’s world-class slopes and trails. Aptly nicknamed “the Mile High City,” Colorado’s capital also boasts top-notch museums–perhaps most notably the Museum of Nature and Science–thriving nightlife in the LoDo neighborhood, and a healthy passion for professional sports (especially their beloved Denver Broncos).
The Mile High City is smaller than its title when measured horizontally and its center can be leisurely explored by foot in less than a day. Despite the method of arrival, downtown and LoDo are the first places to visit since they contain all the urban attractions. As a big regional center, Denver hosts a plethora of cultural events, and a visit there should be preceded by a check of any coinciding festivals. I wasn’t lucky with that, but downtown kept me busy enough.
Downtown Denver and its LoDo (Low Downtown)contain the main urban attractions and are small enough to explore within a few hours. The main public buildings of interest are arranged along the Civic Center and the main commercial area is nearby along the 16th Street Mall, which leads to the LoDo, the main nightlife zone. State Capitol Building was built in 1894 and as a golden dome and an impressive onyx interior. The tours are free on weekdays and from the top there are awesome views of the Rocky Mountains. It is located at the Broadway and Colfax Avenue junction.