Welcome to Denver and to all of the cities we call home: Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Commerce City, Englewood, Golden, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Littleton, Northglenn, Parker Thornton, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge. Denver is a young, active city at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In addition to its 300 days of sunshine, thriving culture and restaurant scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty, Denver also has one of nation's strongest metropolitan economies. In fact, the median household income in the Metro Denver area is 15.6% higher than the national average.
Where Denver now sits were originally three separate towns with three different names. In 1859, the other two names were dropped in return for a barrel of whiskey to be shared by all. Fittingly enough, the first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.
By an amazing stroke of good luck, the 13th step on the west side of the Colorado State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level - one mile high. Believe it or not, in Denver's rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. The Mile High City is also extremely dry and with less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado.
Denver is near the mountains, not in them. The Mile High City is located on high rolling plains, 12 miles east of the "foothills," a series of gentle mountains that climb to 11,000 feet. Just beyond is the "Front Range of the Rocky Mountains," a series of formidable snowcapped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet.
While Denver might not be in the mountains, the mountains still dominate the city. The picturesque mountain panorama from Denver is 140 miles long. There are 200 visible named peaks including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet and above.
Denver proper has a population of 682,545 while there are nearly 3 million people find their new homes in the cities of Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Commerce City, Englewood, Golden, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Littleton, Northglenn, Parker Thornton, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge.
Our rocky mountain region's population grew 13.8 percent between 2010 and 2015. According to the 2015 census, 31 percent of the city is made up of Hispanics, while African-Americans make up 10 percent.
The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland, containing 9,600 miles of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and more than 1,000 peaks two miles high.
The road to the top of the 14,260-foot peak of Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America and is maintained and operated by Denver City Parks Department.
In 1893, while on top of nearby Pikes Peak, Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to "America the Beautiful."
Central City, located about 45 minutes west of Denver, is known as the "Richest Square Mile on Earth" due to the half billion dollars of gold that was mined there.
The Pikes Peak Railway, located about an hour and a half south of Denver in Manitou Springs, is the highest cog railway in the world, traveling 8.9 miles from 6,571 feet to the summit at 14,110 feet.
The Colorado Trail is a 500-mile-long hiking trail, stretching from Durango to Denver, and crosses eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas, and five river systems.
Union Station. Explore the renovated Union Station, a transportation hub, historic landmark and vibrant space for eating, gathering and shopping.
Mile High Cultural Pass. Visit 7 fascinating attractions over 5 consecutive days, including: the Clyfford Still Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo, the History Colorado Center, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.
Colorado Railroads. All aboard! Colorado has one of the most colorful railroad histories in the world. Find out how you can hit the rails.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Just 15 miles west of Denver, the legendary park offers 738 acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders, spectacular vistas, and a natural geographically-formed amphitheater.
Sports Teams. Denver is home to the Denver Broncos football team, Denver Nuggets basketball team, Colorado Avalanche hockey team, Colorado Rockies baseball team, Denver Outlaws lacrosse team, and Colorado Rapids soccer team.
Don't let anything you hear about the mile-high altitude scare you. The air is just thinner and dryer. In fact, many people with respiratory problems move to Denver for the benefits of the dry air. Just follow these simple tips and you will very likely not even notice the difference.
Drink water. Drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home.
Monitor your alcohol intake. In Denver's rarified air, alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol in the mountains and in Denver, as its effects will feel stronger here.
Eat foods high in potassium. Foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.
Watch your physical activity. The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver.
Plan for the sun. With less water vapor in the air at this altitude there is 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Denver receives over 300 days of sunshine each year (more than San Diego or Miami). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm... even in winter.
Dress in layers. Because the sun is especially powerful in Denver, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown, particularly in the spring and fall. So it is always best to be prepared.