Three hundred days of sunshine a year and a panorama of snow-capped mountains in the distance have always given the Mile High City an optimistic, adventurous magnetism. Now Denver has truly come into full bloom as Colorado’s capital city, with an explosion of cool neighborhoods and a seemingly inexhaustible selection of acclaimed restaurants, breweries, and shops.
Shhhh… Best-Kept Secret: Twist and Shout Records hosts live, in-store shows with an above-par vinyl collection to browse
Claim to Fame: No. 9 Fittest City in the Country — American College of Sports Medicine
Lay of the Land
Denver has one of the most unique city landscapes—from historic Larimer Square in LoDo (lower downtown) to the park-lined confluence of Platte River and Cherry Creek to the colorful valley of theme-park rides at Elitch Gardens and major sports arenas—all right downtown. From here, the city spans out into the artistic havens of RiNo and Five Points to the north, the decidedly urban Capitol Hill and Uptown districts to the east, hip Highlands and Berkeley to the west, and long-established Washington Park and University neighborhoods to the south.
What Locals Love to Do
Clink classes and sampling food at the bars, eateries, farmers market at Union Station, a revitalized 1914 Beaux-Arts train station.