Welcome to Denver, CO!

The mile high city, where the sun shines 300 days a year & where Hipsters meet the Hills. Denver has turned in to a cultural destination for food, beer, pot, sports, hiking, & so much more. This young city has reinvented itself time & again and whether it's through the art, the cuisine, the mountains, or the vices it does so well, you won't be able to leave without falling just a little in love with this fantastic town.

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Here's Whym's top ten things to know about Denver, CO

Welcome!

Denver is the capital of Colorado, nestled just east of the Rocky Mountains. It is a young city that has grown so fast. Home to everything from boulders, to slopes, to the Denver Broncos, and the Colorado Rockies, everything you want is right here. Enjoy your time exploring a booming city while taking in the natural splendor.

Finding Your Way

The best way to get around Denver is by foot or light rail. Many of the popular things to do can be found within walking distance one another. When you get tired, be sure to utilize the 16th Street MallRide. It is a free bus that travels up and down the 16 blocks of 16th street in the heart of LoDo. The main area is very walkable. Lyft and taxi’s are also great options. And don't sleep on the electric scooters you see all over town, they're fun, fast & very efficient! If you're planning on traveling to the Rockies, you'll want your own set of wheels.

Airport Deets

Denver International Airport (DEN) is a bustling hub serviced by all major airlines. It is 25 miles from town and a taxi or Lyft will cost around $40. The A Line commuter train, operated by the Regional transportation Authority (RTD) offers convenient service between the airport and Downtown Union Station every 15-30 minutes. The cost is $10.50. Check out denver.org for the schedule and more info.

History

Denver was founded in 1858 as a gold mining town. Once the gold dried up it became a place for new mines in the mountains. Denver continued to grow quickly and became the capital of Colorado in 1876. Until World War II, Denver was sustained by sales of minerals and ranch products. After the war, oil and gas companies moved into the downtown area and the city quickly grew, adding skyscrapers to its landscape. Colorado would continue to be a cutting edge state, being the first to legalize marijuana. It is one of the only cities with all five major sports right in the heart of the city.

Why Am I Here?

The streets of Denver are full of art, breweries, food, and music. The city is constantly changing with new fun things to explore around every corner. Whether you love a city vibe, crave the mountains, live for your team, or desire the best foodie haunts, it’s all right here for you.

Weather

The average winter in Denver has highs in the 40’s and lows in the single digits with an average of 8.5 inches of snow a month. Spring has a high in the 60’s and low in the 20’s while summer can range from the low 40’s to highs in the 80’s. Fall can range from the 30’s to the 70’s with breathtaking foliage.

Local Delicacies

Denver is know for its grand selection of craft beers. Colorado is the state with the third most breweries in America. Don’t forget the Denver omelette, also know as the southwest omelette for breakfast, or anything topped with green chili. And if you’re looking for something really unique, try the bison or rocky mountain oysters.

Souvenirs

Everywhere you turn you will see a souvenir emblazoned with the Colorado state flag. They are also very proud of its sports teams, so you’ll find a lot of team gear. Be sure to check out local shops as well for some cool locally made art.

Style

You’ll want to dress in layers as the temperature can quickly change when the sun sets. Coloradans dress very outdoorsy, think ready to go hiking any moment. A nice dress or button down is appropriate for nicer restaurants.

Must Know

Denver isn’t called the mile high city for nothing - it sits a mile about sea level. Be sure to drink lots of water to prevent altitude sickness. Also, wear lots of sunscreen!

When the air is thin it makes your heart bigger

- TEDx