DENVER

Colorado, United States

Denver , officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state ofColorado. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 mi (19 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamedthe Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 ft or 1,610 m) above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States.

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Denver , officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state ofColorado. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 mi (19 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamedthe Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 ft or 1,610 m) above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

Denver is ranked as a Beta- world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. With a 2015 estimated population of 682,545, Denver ranks as the 19th-most populous U.S. city, and with a 2.8% increase in 2015, the city is also the fastest growing major city in the United States. The 10-county Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2015 population of 2,814,330 and ranked as the 19th most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical area. The 12-city Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area had an estimated 2015 population of 3,418,876, which ranks as the 16th most populous U.S. metropolitan area. Denver is the most populous city of the 18-countyFront Range Urban Corridor, an oblong urban region stretching across two states with an estimated 2015 population of 4,757,713. Denver is the most populous city within a 500-mile (800 km) radius in the Mountain West and the second-most populous city in theSouthwestern United States after Phoenix, Arizona. In 2016, Denver was named the best place to live in the USA by U.S. News & World Report.

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POPULATION :• Consolidated city-county 600,158
• Density 4,044/sq mi (1,561/km2)
• Urban 2,374,203 (US: 18th)
• Metro 2,814,330 (US: 19th)
FOUNDED : Founded November 17, 1858, as Denver City, K.T.
Incorporated November 7, 1861, as Denver City, C.T.
Consolidated November 15, 1902, as the City and County of Denver
TIME ZONE :• Time zone MST (UTC– 07:00)
• Summer (DST) MDT (UTC– 06:00)
LANGUAGE : English
RELIGION : 
AREA :• Consolidated city-county 155 sq mi (400 km2)
• Land 153 sq mi (400 km2)
• Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2) 1.1%
• Metro 8,414.4 sq mi (21,793 km2)
ELEVATION : 5,130–5,690 ft (1,564–1,731 m)
COORDINATES : 39°45′43″N 104°52′52″W
SEX RATIO :
ETHNIC : 
AREA CODE : 303 and 720
POSTAL CODE :80201–80212, 80214–80239, 80241, 80243–80244, 80246–80252, 80256–80266, 80271, 80273–80274, 80279–80281, 80290–80291, 80293–80295, 80299, 80012, 80014, 80022, 80033, 80123, 80127
DIALING CODE : +1 303
WEBSITE : www.denvergov.org

Tourism

Denver is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for visitors, plus a diverse collection of neighborhoods that can be attractions in themselves. Many of Denver's older areas are the perfect density for exploration; you'll find an interesting mix of apartments and homes with flowery front gardens, wide flagstone sidewalks, bright green lawns and big, shady trees. Capitol Hill, Highlands, Baker, Berkeley, Uptown, Sloan's Lake, Cheesman, Washington, City and Congress Parks are just some of the neighborhoods bustling with people and places to see.

Denver has many beautiful parks that are full of colorful gardens, meandering paths, crystal clear lakes, abundant wildlife and recreation opportunities. The city has a rich pioneer history, and there are plenty of museums where you can learn all about it. It's also a very environmentally conscious city, with one of the nation’s first municipal “Green Fleets”, public transit vehicles using hybrid and alternative fuel and a city tree-planting initiative. Hop on a green bus, grab a bike or just walk around to discover Denver.

Late spring and early autumn are excellent seasons to do things outdoors in Denver. Besides the city's various lush green parks, there are plenty of outdoor festivals, sports, and gondola rides. (Yes, gondola rides.) In winter, the snow-peaked mountains in the distance and the crisp air on your cheeks make it the perfect time to tour Denver's famous breweries or check out the downtown arts scene.

History

Denver City was founded in November 1858 as a mining town during the Pike's Peak Gold Rushin westernKansas Territory. That summer, a group of gold prospectors fromLawrence, Kansas, had arrived and establishedMontana City on the banks of the South Platte River. This was the first settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver. The site faded quickly, however, and by the summer of 1859 it was abandoned in favor of Auraria (named after the gold mining town of Auraria, Georgia), and St. Charles City.

On November 22, 1858, General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas Territory, placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim on the bluff overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria, and on the site of the existing townsite of St. Charles. Larimer named the town site Denver City to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Larimer hoped that the town's name would help make it the county seat of Arapaho County, but unknown to him Governor Denver had already resigned from office. The location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park near downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new emigrants. Denver City was a frontier town, with an economy based on servicing local miners with gambling, saloons, livestock and goods trading. In the early years, land parcels were often traded for grubstakes or gambled away by miners in Auraria. In May 1859, Denver City residents donated 53 lots to the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express in order to secure the region's first overland wagon route. Offering daily service for "passengers, mail, freight, and gold," the Express reached Denver on a trail that trimmed westward travel time from twelve days to six. In 1863, Western Union furthered Denver's dominance of the region by choosing the city for its regional terminus.

The Colorado Territory was created on February 28, 1861, Arapahoe County was formed on November 1, 1861, and Denver City was incorporated on November 7, 1861. Denver City served as the Arapahoe County Seat from 1861 until consolidation in 1902. In 1867, Denver City became the Territorial Capital. With its new-found importance, Denver City shortened its name to Denver. On August 1, 1876, Colorado was admitted to the Union.

Although by the close of the 1860s, Denver residents could look with pride at their success establishing a vibrant supply and service center, the decision to route the nation's first transcontinental railroad through Cheyenne, rather than Denver, threatened the prosperity of the young town. A daunting 100 miles away, citizens mobilized to build a railroad to connect Denver to the transcontinental railroad. Spearheaded by visionary leaders including Territorial Governor John Evans, David Moffat, and Walter Cheesman, fundraising began. Within three days, $300,000 had been raised, and citizens were optimistic. Fundraising stalled before enough was raised, forcing these visionary leaders to take control of the debt-ridden railroad. Despite challenges, on June 24, 1870, citizens cheered as the Denver Pacific completed the link to the transcontinental railroad, ushering in a new age of prosperity for Denver.

Finally linked to the rest of the nation by rail, Denver prospered as a service and supply center. The young city grew during these years, attracting millionaires with their mansions, as well as the poverty and crime of a rapidly growing city. Denver citizens were proud when the rich chose Denver and were thrilled that Horace Tabor, the Leadville mining millionaire, built an impressive business block at 16th and Larimer as well as the elegant Tabor Grand Opera House. Luxurious hotels, including the much-loved Brown Palace Hotel, soon followed, as well as splendid homes for millionaires like the Croke, Patterson, Campbell Mansion at 11th and Pennsylvania and the now-demolished Moffat Mansion at 8th and Grant. Intent on transforming Denver into one of the world's great cities, leaders wooed industry and enticed laborers to work in these factories. Soon, in addition to the elite and a large middle class, Denver had a growing population of German, Italian, and Chinese laborers, soon followed by African-Americans and Spanish-surname workers. Unprepared for this influx, the Silver Crash of 1893 unsettled political, social, and economic balances, laying the foundation for ethnic bigotry, such as the Red Scare and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as corruption and crime.

Between 1880 and 1895 the city experienced a huge rise in corruption, as crime bosses, such as Soapy Smith, worked side by side with elected officials and the police to control elections, gambling, and the bunko gangs. The city also experienced a depression in 1893 after the crash of silver prices. In 1887, the precursor to the international charity United Way was formed in Denver by local religious leaders who raised funds and coordinated various charities to help Denver's poor. By 1890, Denver had grown to be the second-largest city west of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1900, whites represented 96.8% of Denver's population.

Between the 1880s and 1930s, Denver's floriculture industry developed and thrived. This period became known locally as the Carnation Gold Rush.

In 1901, the Colorado General Assembly voted to split Arapahoe County into three parts: a new consolidated City and County of Denver, a new Adams County, and the remainder of the Arapahoe County to be renamed South Arapahoe County. A ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, subsequent legislation, and a referendum delayed the creation of the City and County of Denver until November 15, 1902.

Denver has hosted the Democratic National Convention twice, during the years of 1908, and again in 2008, taking the opportunity to promote the city's status on the national, political, and socioeconomic stage.

Early in the 20th century, Denver, like many other cities, was home to a pioneering Brass Era car company. The Colburn Automobile Company made cars copied from the contemporary Renault.

From 1953 to 1989, the Rocky Flats Plant, a DOE nuclear weapon facility formerly located about 15 miles from Denver, produced fissile plutonium "pits" for nuclear warheads. A major fire at the facility in 1957, as well as leakage from nuclear wastestored at the site between 1958 and 1968, resulted in the contamination of some parts of Denver, to varying degrees, with plutonium-239, a harmful radioactive substance with a half-life of 24,200 years. A study by the Jefferson County health director, Dr. Carl Johnson, in 1981 linked the contamination to an increase in birth defects and cancer incidence in central Denver and nearer Rocky Flats. Later studies confirmed many of his findings. Plutonium contamination was still present outside the former plant site as of August 2010, and presents risks to building the envisioned Jefferson Parkway, which would complete Denver's automotive beltway.

Denver was selected in 1970 to host the 1976 Winter Olympics to coincide with Colorado's centennial celebration, but in November 1972 Colorado voters struck down ballot initiatives allocating public funds to pay for the high costs of the games, which were subsequently moved to Innsbruck, Austria. The notoriety of becoming the only city ever to decline to host an Olympiad after being selected has made subsequent bids difficult. The movement against hosting the games was based largely on environmental issues and was led by State Representative Richard Lamm, who was subsequently elected to three terms (1975–87) as Colorado governor. Denver explored a potential bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, but no bid will be submitted. In 2010, Denver adopted a comprehensive update of its zoning code. The new zoning was developed to guide development as envisioned in adopted plans such as Blueprint Denver, Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan, Greenprint Denver, and the Strategic Transportation Plan.

Denver has also been known historically as the Queen City of the Plains and theQueen City of the West, because of its important role in the agricultural industry of the high-plains region in eastern Colorado and along the foothills of the Colorado Front Range. Several US Navy ships have been named USS Denver in honor of the city.

Climate

Denver residents enjoy a mild climate and the third most sunshine of any US state, with four pronounced seasons.

Heavy snowfalls can occur between October and March, often alternating with days of high temperatures and sunshine. About once a year, a snowfall of over a few feet occurs. Winter is also when the Denver area gets pounded by a phenomenon known as the "Chinook". That's when air flows over the mountains to the west and sinks on the leeward (eastern) slopes of the foothills and warms up. This raises air temperatures dramatically, which can last for several days. If you're planning to visit Denver during the winter, be prepared with full winter gear just in case, but also pack a light sweater and T-shirt; the weather is usually very sunny and mild.

Spring in Denver is pleasant, though generally rather brief. Trees begin budding by late March and are in full leaf by mid April to mid May. March, on average, is Denver's snowiest month.

By June, Denver enters its summer season. Temperatures typically rise in earnest at this time, with most heat waves beginning in mid-June and continuing through July, usually Denver's hottest month with temperatures in the high 80s to mid-90s. By late July, the southwest monsoon kicks in. In August, short spells of thunderstorms occur about three to four days per week. By late August, temperatures begin to drop with a noticeable difference between day time and night time temperatures. As the days get shorter through September and October, daytime temperatures drop to the high 50s to mid-60s. Slather on that sunscreen all summer long; the rays are strong and the air is dry, with temperatures often reaching the upper 90s in July and August.

Autumn is a peaceful time to visit, with mild temperatures, little severe weather and lots of that famous clear blue sky. You'll get to see the trees display their fall colors, which usually peak around mid-September in the mountains and October in the city itself. October usually brings the first snowfall of the season to Denver, although it's very light. By November, it's clear that winter is on its way, with plenty of clouds, some snow and much cooler temperatures.

Climate data for Denver

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)76
(24)
77
(25)
84
(29)
90
(32)
95
(35)
105
(41)
105
(41)
105
(41)
97
(36)
90
(32)
80
(27)
79
(26)
105
(41)
Mean maximum °F (°C)64.7
(18.2)
66.5
(19.2)
73.9
(23.3)
80.8
(27.1)
87.8
(31)
95.9
(35.5)
99.2
(37.3)
96.4
(35.8)
91.5
(33.1)
82.7
(28.2)
73.6
(23.1)
64.9
(18.3)
99.9
(37.7)
Average high °F (°C)44.0
(6.7)
46.2
(7.9)
54.4
(12.4)
61.5
(16.4)
71.5
(21.9)
82.4
(28)
89.4
(31.9)
87.2
(30.7)
78.5
(25.8)
65.3
(18.5)
52.1
(11.2)
42.8
(6)
64.6
(18.1)
Average low °F (°C)17.4
(−8.1)
18.9
(−7.3)
26.4
(−3.1)
33.3
(0.7)
42.7
(5.9)
52.3
(11.3)
58.9
(14.9)
57.9
(14.4)
48.3
(9.1)
36.6
(2.6)
24.5
(−4.2)
17.1
(−8.3)
36.2
(2.3)
Mean minimum °F (°C)−3
(−19)
−1.3
(−18.5)
10.4
(−12)
19.7
(−6.8)
31.0
(−0.6)
41.6
(5.3)
50.9
(10.5)
49.9
(9.9)
34.4
(1.3)
21.5
(−5.8)
5.5
(−14.7)
−4.5
(−20.3)
−12.7
(−24.8)
Record low °F (°C)−29
(−34)
−25
(−32)
−11
(−24)
−2
(−19)
19
(−7)
30
(−1)
42
(6)
40
(4)
17
(−8)
−2
(−19)
−18
(−28)
−25
(−32)
−29
(−34)
Source: NOAA

Geography

Denver is located in the center of the Front Range Urban Corridor, between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east. Denver's topography consists of plains in the city center with hilly areas to the north, west and south. According to the United States Census Bureau the city has a total area of 155 square miles (401 km2), of which 153 square miles (396 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (1.1%) is water. The City and County of Denver is surrounded by only three other counties: Adams County to the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east, and Jefferson County to the west.

Although Denver's nickname is the "Mile-High City" because its official elevation is one mile above sea level, defined by the elevation of the spot of a benchmark on the steps of the State Capitol building, the elevation of the entire city ranges from 5,130 to 5,690 feet (1,560 to 1,730 m). According to Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and the National Elevation Dataset, the city's elevation is 5,278 feet (1,609 m), which is reflected on various websites such as that of theNational Weather Service.

Economy

The Denver MSA has a gross metropolitan product of $157.6 billion in 2010, making it the 18th largest metro economy in the United States. Denver's economy is based partially on its geographic position and its connection to some of the major transportation systems of the country. Because Denver is the largest city within 500 miles (800 km), it has become a natural location for storage and distribution of goods and services to the Mountain States, Southwest states, as well as all western states. Another benefit for distribution is that Denver is nearly equidistant from large cities of theMidwest, such as Chicago and St. Louis and some large cities of the West Coast, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Over the years, the city has been home to other large corporations in the central United States, making Denver a key trade point for the country. Several well-known companies originated in or have relocated to Denver. William Ainsworth opened the Denver Instrument Company in 1895 to make analytical balances for gold assayers. Its factory is now in Arvada. AIMCO (NYSE: AIV)—the largest owner and operator of apartment communities in the United States, with approximately 870 communities comprising nearly 136,000 units in 44 states—is headquartered in Denver, employing approximately 3,500 people. Also Samsonite Corp., the world's largest luggage manufacturer, began in Denver in 1910 as Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company, but Samsonite closed its NE Denver factory in 2001, and moved its headquarters to Massachusetts after a change of ownership in 2006. The Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company, founded in Denver in 1911, is now a part of telecommunications giant CenturyLink.

MediaNews Group purchased the Denver Post in 1987; the company is based in Denver. The Gates Corporation, the world's largest producer of automotive belts and hoses, was established in S. Denver in 1919. Russell Stover Candies Inc. made its first chocolate candy in Denver in 1923, but moved to Kansas City in 1969. The Wright & McGill Company has been making its Eagle Claw brand of fishing gear in NE Denver since 1925. The original Frontier Airlines began operations at Denver's old Stapleton International Airport in 1950. Frontier was reincarnated atDIA in 1994. Scott's Liquid Gold, Inc., has been making furniture polish in Denver since 1954. Village Inn restaurants began as a single pancake house in Denver in 1958. Big O Tires, LLC, of Centennial opened its first franchise in 1962 in Denver.The Shane Company sold its first diamond jewelry in 1971 in Denver. Johns Manville Corp., a manufacturer of insulation and roofing products, relocated its headquarters to Denver from New York in 1972. CH2M HILL Inc., an engineering and construction firm, relocated from Oregon to the Denver Technological Center in 1980. The Ball Corporation sold its glass business in Indiana in the 1990s and moved to suburban Broomfield. Ball has several operations in greater Denver.

Molson Coors Brewing Company established its U.S. headquarters in Denver in 2005. Its subsidiary and regional wholesale distributor, Coors Distributing Company, is in NW Denver. The Newmont Mining Corporation, the 2nd largest gold producer in North America and one of the largest in the world, is headquartered in Denver.

Large Denver-area employers that have headquarters elsewhere include Lockheed Martin Corp., United Airlines, Kroger Co. and Xcel Energy, Inc. MapQuest, an online site for maps, directions and business listings, is headquartered in Denver's LODO district.

Geography also allows Denver to have a considerable government presence, with many federal agencies based or having offices in the Denver area. Along with federal agencies come many companies based on US defense and space projects, and more jobs are brought to the city by virtue of its being the capital of the state of Colorado. The Denver area is home to the former nuclear weapons plant Rocky Flats, the Denver Federal Center, Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and United States Courthouse, the Denver Mint, and theNational Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In 2005, a $310.7 million expansion for the Colorado Convention Center was completed, doubling its size. The hope was that the center's expansion would elevate the city to one of the top 10 cities in the nation for holding a convention.

Denver's position near the mineral-rich Rocky Mountains encouraged mining and energy companies to spring up in the area. In the early days of the city, gold and silver booms and busts played a large role in the economic success of the city. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the energy crisis in America and resulting high oil prices created an energy boom in Denver captured in the soap opera Dynasty. Denver was built up considerably during this time with the construction of many new downtown skyscrapers. When the price of oil dropped from $34 a barrel in 1981 to $9 a barrel in 1986, the Denver economy dropped with it, leaving almost 15,000 oil industry workers in the area unemployed (including former mayor and current governor John Hickenlooper, a former geologist), and the highest office vacancy rate in the nation (30%). Since then, the industry has recovered and there remain 700 employed petroleum engineers in the region. Advances is hydraulic fracturing has made the DJ Basin of Colorado into an accessible and lucrative oil play. Energy and mining are still important in Denver's economy today, with companies such as EnCana, Halliburton, Smith International, Rio Tinto Group,Newmont Mining, Noble Energy, and Anadarko headquartered or having significant operations in the area.

Denver's west-central geographic location in the Mountain Time Zone (UTC−7) also benefits the telecommunications industry by allowing communication with both North American coasts, South America, Europe, and Asia in the same business day. Denver's location on the 105th meridian at over one mile (1.6 km) in elevation also enables it to be the largest city in the U.S. to offer a "one-bounce" real-time satellite uplink to six continents in the same business day. Qwest Communications, Dish Network Corporation, Starz-Encore,DIRECTV, and Comcast are a few of the many telecommunications companies with operations in the Denver area. These and other high-tech companies had a boom in Denver in the mid to late 1990s. Denver had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 3.8% in October 2007. As of April 2015, the unemployment rate for the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA is 4.2%. The Downtown region has seen increased real estate investment with the construction of several new skyscrapers set to be completed in 2010–2013.

Denver has also enjoyed success as a pioneer in the fast casual restaurant industry, with many popular national chain restaurants founded and based in Denver. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quizno's, and Smashburger were founded and headquartered in Denver. Qdoba Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company, and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard originated in Denver, but have moved their headquarters to the nearby suburbs of Wheat Ridge, Broomfield, and Golden.

 In 2015, Denver ranked No. 1 on Forbes' list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.

Subdivisions

The City and County of Denver, capital of the U.S. state of Colorado, has 78 official neighborhoods as of January 2013. In addition to the official administrative neighborhoods, many residents have names for local neighborhoods that may not conform to the boundaries of official neighborhoods. Denver does not have any official larger area designations, unlike the City of Chicago for example, which has larger areas that house the neighborhoods (IE: Northwest Side). Denver residents use the terms "north" "south" "east" and "west".

Internet, Comunication

Wireless internet

  • 16th Street Mall. Free Wifi along the pedestrian 16th Street Mall in the heart of Downtown.
  • Cherry Creek North. Entire area has free WiFi provided by the Cherry Creek North Business District.
  • Common Grounds3484 W 32nd Ave or 1601 17th St,   +1 303 458-5248,+1 303 296-9248. Both locations in the West Highlands and LoDo neighborhoods respectively, offer wireless Internet as well as a wide selection of coffee and coffeehouse food. The LoDo location also offers pay internet terminals.
  • Peaberry Coffee. Multiple locations. Free WiFi, but you have to ask the barrista for username and password.
  • Paris on the Platte1553 Platte St,   +1 303 455-2451. A funky little coffee shop down in LoDo. Good food, good art, great coffee. Free WiFi and even tables where you can plug in for power and even ethernet for those that lack wireless.
  • Panera Breadmultiple locations. Free Wifi at most if not all locations.
  • Starbucksmany locations. free wifi at participating places

Prices in Denver

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$0.78
Tomatoes1 kg$4.05
Cheese0.5 kg$5.90
Apples1 kg$4.15
Oranges1 kg$4.45
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$2.20
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$15.00
Coca-Cola2 liters$1.65
Bread1 piece$1.70
Water1.5 l$1.65

PRICES LIST - USD

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$33.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$58.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$90.00
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$6.75
Water0.33 l$1.60
Cappuccino1 cup$4.25
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$6.00
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$4.00
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.80
Coctail drink1 drink$10.00

PRICES LIST - USD

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$24.00
Gym1 month$45.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$17.00
Theatar2 tickets$200.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.26
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$6.00

PRICES LIST - USD

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$23.00
Tampons32 pieces$4.80
Deodorant50 ml.$3.60
Shampoo400 ml.$5.15
Toilet paper4 rolls$2.60
Toothpaste1 tube$1.90

PRICES LIST - USD

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)$50.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$35.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$80.00
Leather shoes1$97.00

PRICES LIST - USD

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$0.55
TaxiStart$3.70
Taxi1 km$1.80
Local Transport1 ticket$2.60

Tourist (Backpacker)  

60 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

251 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN). Commonly referred to as DIA, the airport is about 18 miles northeast of Downtown Denver and is one of the busiest airports in the nation, due to it being a hub for Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, which maintain hubs in Concourses A, B, and C respectively, with most other major domestic carriers also offering service to DIA.

For such a busy airport, the layout of DIA is quite intuitive, with a single centralized terminal with its distinctive "peaked" roof, where all ticketing, baggage claim, security, and ground transportation facilities are, connected to the three concourses by an underground train line. The airport can be crowded due to a post-9/11 security redesign that created a single central screening station, followed by the train that passengers must take to the concourses (Concourse A is also connected to the terminal by a pedestrian bridge). It can take up to an hour to get from the ticket line to the gate, so travelers should get to the airport at least 1.5 hours before their scheduled departure time. Many connecting flights are made in DIA, and this airport is more pleasant than most to kill time, with plenty of public art displays, battery charging stations, and free Wi-Fi, as well as a decent selection of restaurants for an airport.

The airport is set amidst rolling plains with the towering Rocky Mountains and Denver to the west, somewhat far from any conceivable local destination. RTD, the regional public transit service, offers a train line as well as airport shuttles that can take you from DIA to the city and destinations in the region. The A Line offers a direct rail connection to Union Station in Downtown Denver, with service every 15 minutes. For places not easily reached by the rail system, SkyRide offers three bus routes from Level 5 of the airport terminal to locations throughout the metro area, including Boulder and many "Park and Ride" lots. Purchase tickets at the RTD desk in the main terminal; fare is $9 one-way, although the "Regional/Airport Day Pass" costs the same and covers unlimited trips on the RTD system for the remainder of the day.

Private pilots mostly fly into Centennial Airport (IATA: APA), south of town (not far from the Denver Technological Center), and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (IATA: BJC), northwest of town (near Interlocken Business Park, Broomfield and Boulder and the closest airport to Downtown Denver). On warm days the density altitude may make takeoffs difficult; Centennial and Rocky Mountain Airports thus have relatively long runways, to accommodate volumes of private jet traffic. Flight visibility in the Denver area is often in excess of 100 miles; weather fronts tend to travel quickly N-S along the Front Range. For small planes, any direction but west is a good choice.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

AmtrakUnion Station, 17th and Wynkoop Streets (in the LoDo neighborhood). Amtrak's California Zephyr stops in Denver twice a day, one continuing east-bound (departing approximately 7pm MT) to Chicago and one west-bound (departing approximately 8am MT) to Emeryville, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area). Check the Amtrak web site for exact times and updates as this train is frequently delayed.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

  • Greyhound. The bus station is downtown at 1055 19th Street, just a few blocks away from Coors Field and other central attractions. Serviced by Greyhound and skyRide buses, the station also has storage lockers that can be rented hourly. Expect the bus station to be crowded and dirty.
  • Bustang provides service to Denver from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Glenwood Springs.
  • Autobus Americanos, Provides bus service to/from Mexico. The bus stop is located at 2147 N Broadway.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

  • I-25 (north and south), I-70 (east and west), and I-76 (northeast) are the major interstates leading in and out of the city. I-225 and I-270 cross the Denver area.
  • U.S. Highway 40 connects Denver to Salt Lake City to the west.
  • Interstate 70 connects Denver to Summit County, the location of many major ski areas, to the west.
  • Interstate 25 connects Denver to Colorado Springs in the south and Cheyenne, Wyoming in the north.
  • U.S. Highway 36 connects to the northwestern suburbs and on to Boulder.
  • C-470 Connects to the southern end of E-470 (also accessible from I-25) leading to the south, southwest, and western suburbs.
  • Toll Roads There are a couple of major toll roads in the Denver area, and they can help you avoid some serious rush hour traffic on I-70 and I-25.
    • E-470 connects the airport to the southeast, east, northeast and northwest suburbs, C-470 at its southern terminus, and the Northwest Parkway at its northern terminus, leading to Boulder. E-470 is a "cashless" toll road - there are no longer any toll plazas and no way to pay tolls except via an in-car device or a billing service. If renting a car, check to see if the rental car agency provides for proper billing; otherwise, you may be subject to billed tolls and hefty service charges. Tolls are $2–4 and without an in-car device, service charges can run to $25 or more.
    • Northwest Parkway connects to the north end of E-470 leading to north, northeast and northwest suburbs, and Boulder. Also accessible from I-25. Tolls are up to $3 each, and booths accept only cash. There's no attendant between 10PM and 6AM, so pay attention to the signs; though some booths still accept exact change, others require you to pay online or by mail.


Transportation - Get Around

  • Numbered streetsrun east-west in the north half of the metro area, including suburbs. Ellsworth Avenue is the "equatorial" street. Numbered streets increase as you travel north and are generally called avenues. Avenues south of Ellsworth are named.
  • Named streets run north-south. Broadway is the "meridian" street. Ordered alphabetically going up as you travel east or west away from city center. Addresses on named streets correspond to intersecting numbered streets, so "1701 Broadway" is at 17th and Broadway. North-south streets are generally called streets, not avenues.
  • Downtown streets: The diagonal layout of the downtown area can be tricky, especially for first-time visitors. North of Colfax and west of Broadway, the streets are canted 45 degrees from all other streets in the city. The transition between the two systems is confusing even for locals. Southeast-northwest streets are numbered, while southwest-northeast streets are named. As this was the original grid system of Denver, some vestiges of it exist outside of downtown, creating diagonal cuts in certain parts of the city. Some of those streets include Park Avenue, Speer Boulevard and Morrison Road.

Transportation - Get Around

By car


Renting

If you plan to go outside of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation. Local companies tend to offer better prices, but national chains might be more convenient as far as return policies and hours.

Rental companies include most major car rental chains.


Parking

Meters are free on Sunday and run until 10PM on weekdays. After 10PM at many of the meters where it was formerly free, it now is $1.00 per hour from 10PM until 8AM at the new "smart meters." The meters say "overnight parking allowed" but you are still required to pay during this time, or you will get a $25 parking ticket. In the downtown area near Coors Field, The Pepsi Center, and LoDo, there is pretty much no free parking on weekdays. In some areas a few blocks from the city center there are a few non-metered spots within reasonable walking distance of downtown. However, just because you don't see a meter doesn't mean that parking is free. Denver is increasingly using "European-style" meters, where you purchase a paper ticket from a machine somewhere on the block and place it on your dashboard. Also, many neighborhoods around downtown allow only permitted residents to park, so be sure to check the signs first.

It is worth noting that the city government has been cracking down on parking violations recently, so if you park at a meter with a flashing red light and don't pay, even for a few minutes, EXPECT TO GET A TICKET. Meter violations will cost you a cool $25 ($50 if you don't pay up within two weeks). Lack of change is no longer a problem, as all the meters in the downtown area are now equipped with credit card readers that accept Visa and MasterCard. $1 will get you around an hour, depending on the location of the meter.

Areas outside of the downtown core (20th St, Speer, Wynkoop St, Colfax and Broadway) usually have meters that end at 6PM and are free on weekends, so parking is much easier during those times. The area just northwest of downtown, across the train tracks from Union Station, has free 2-hour parking spots (on Wewatta Street just before the Park Avenue bridge).

Transportation - Get Around

By public transit

The RTD (Regional Transportation District) is the region's primary public transit provider, operating buses and light rail throughout the Denver area.

Denver has a fairly extensive and rapidly growing light rail system that can efficiently get you from Downtown to some western and southern suburbs. There are currently seven rail lines that branch out of Downtown along three corridors: the A line east to Aurora and Denver International Airport, the C and D lines south to Englewood and Littleton, the E, F and H lines south along I-25 past the Tech Center, and the W line west to Lakewood and the Denver Federal Center. In Downtown, all rail lines either terminate at Union Station or travel through central Downtown via the Convention Center. Rail tickets must be purchased (cash or credit card) from vending machines at the stations before boarding the trains and cost between $2.60 and $4.50 one-way, depending on how far you travel, with service to the airport costing $9. Day passes are also available and include bus fare.

The backbone of Denver's transportation system is the buses. RTD buses are $2.60 (cash only; exact change required) for a one-way local trip, and with payment you receive a transfer that's valid for three hours from when you board the bus. Day passes are also available and include light rail fare. There is also a free shuttle, the MallRide, which runs along the 16th Street pedestrian mall through Downtown and is a handy way of traveling between Downtown attractions. More information about RTD can be found at the Union Station and Civic Center bus stations at either end of 16th Street in Downtown, or on the RTD website. Local routes crisscross the city, supplemented by 'Limited' buses that stop less frequently on major arteries like Colfax and Colorado Boulevard; these buses are denoted by an 'L' after the route number, and cost the same as a Local route.

RTD also operates limited intercity coach service, mostly to the north suburbs and the more distant communities of Longmont and Boulder. These services are denoted by letters and tend to leave from Union Station or Civic Center Station at either end of the 16th Street Mall. Fares are $4.50 one-way, with a day pass costing $9. The Flatiron Flyer offers a fast service along express highway lanes between Denver and Boulder. If you're in Colorado to ski or board on a budget, Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland can be reached via the N bus from Boulder. RTD also operates SkyRide service to the airport; see the "By plane" section above for further details.

Transportation - Get Around

By bike

Denver has a large network of bike trails leading all over the city. The city has a fiercely loyal cycling culture, and it's reflected in the abundance of bike lanes and trails in and around downtown. Main trails run along both Cherry Creek and the Platte, and bike lanes run down many downtown streets. The lanes are sometimes dedicated and sometimes run with traffic, and are marked by a stencil of a bike in the street. The city's designated routes are signed, and you can pick up a bike map at the info centers downtown and at many bike shops.

Denver was one of the first US cities with a modern bike share program; you can purchase a membership online or at any of the 81 stations throughout the city, choose a bike, and start exploring. After the purchase of a membership rides of less than 30 minutes incur no additional fee, while there is a small fee for longer rides.

Don't be afraid to assert yourself in traffic when there is no bike lane - the drivers are, while impatient sometimes, for the most part respectful. Bikes are treated legally like traffic in Denver, and (while admittedly rare), you can get tickets for running red lights and stop signs. Bikes are also expected to ride as far to the right as practicable, unless you're riding in a group of 3 or more - in which case you are considered (and can behave like) a car. Neat, huh?

Bikes are required to have front lights at night, and a good lock is recommended in areas around downtown. Bike theft happens frequently.

 

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Shopping


Districts

There are a number of shopping areas in Denver.

  • The 16th Street Mall runs the near entire length of 16th St in downtown Denver. It is home to a number of chain stores, as well as novelty shops. It is dominated by the Denver Pavilions, an "urban mall," on the southeast end of the street.
  • The Cherry Creek Shopping District sits southeast of downtown Denver, and hosts some of the most expensive stores in the metropolitan area. The Cherry Creek Shopping Mall is the epicenter of this district.
  • LoDo (Lower Downtown) is immediately west of the Financial District of Denver and is connected directly to Larimer Square. Like Larimer, it is home to rich old architecture (as well as a few modern pieces). It is anchored by the Tattered Cover (see below) and hosts a ton of shops, mostly in fashion, furniture, and big chains like OfficeMax.
  • Larimer Square offers some of the best shopping districts in the city and was one of the first urban shopping concept, dating back to the 1960s. The area is full of all kinds of stuff from clothing to furniture. Check out the district's rich history, as well. The main part is along Larimer Street between 14th and 16th Streets.

Specific retailers

  • The Tattered Cover+1 303 322-7727. The area's largest and best-known bookstore, selling new and used books. The bookstore hosts author readings and other educational programs at their two downtown locations.
    • The Tattered Cover, Colfax Avenue2526 E Colfax Ave (intersection of Elizabeth St.; free parking in garages on Elizabeth or Columbine Sts.),  +1 303 322-7727. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-6PM
    • The Tattered Cover, Lodo1628 16th St (intersection of 16th & Wynkoop Sts. near Union Station),  +1 303 436-1070. M-F 6:30AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-6PM.
  • Caboose Hobbies500 South Broadway,  +1 303 777-6766. Huge model train store.
  • The Wizard's Chest230 Fillmore Stree,  +1 303 321-4304. Magical toy and costume shop.

Restaurants

Mexican food is abundant and satisfying and takes a local Denver flavor. Green chili is the order of the day: a brown, chunky and spicy sauce made from pork and Pueblo or Hatch green chilies that works well on everything from chorizo and eggs to tamales. Denver is also known for "western" food using ingredients such as angus beef, buffalo, rattlesnake, cutthroat trout and Rocky Mountain oysters. The city also embraces its cultural diversity with a wide range of ethnic restaurants. Southeast Asian restaurants are especially abundant with a multitude of Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in every style and price range. Denver has most types of cuisine as other large cities and has several restaurants recently noted in top food publications. A recently passed bill had outlawed smoking in bars and restaurants statewide. However, some places with outdoor patios still allow smoking there.

The restaurant section of the weekly independent newspaper Westword (available for free every Thursday at newsstands and locations across the city) is a good place to find the food you are interested in for your price-range and location. Below is a sampling of some consistently good choices.


Budget

  • Bennie Blanco's616 E 13th Ave,  +1 303 831-1346. Bennie Blanco's is a classic hole-in-the-wall pizza joint, and in this case the phrase is literal. There's no seating, but big, New York-style slices fresh from the oven can be had for as little as $2.50 a slice.
  • Blue Bonnet457 S Broadway,  +1 303 778-0147. A noisy bar featuring southwest/Tex-Mex in Denver with most items under $10. There is patio seating and two separate dining rooms that are a bit quieter than the main bar. Consistently rated a "Best Of" in various local polls.
  • Breakfast King300 W Mississippi,  +1 303 733-0795. The Breakfast King is a late night staple of Denver, and one of the best greasy spoons. Open 24 hours and it's also walking distance from the Broadway light rail station.
  • Buenos Aires Pizzeria1319 22nd St,  +1 303 296-6710. An Argentinean-style pizza joint with unusual topping choices and plenty of $2 empanada (small savory turnovers) offerings.
  • Cherry Cricket2641 E 2nd Ave,  +1 303 322-7666. Once featured on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food," the Cherry Cricket is known for having a massive variety of toppings to put on your burger, including such oddities as melted peanut butter, fried eggs, and cream cheese.
  • Denver Diner740 W Colfax Ave,  +1 303 825-5443. 24 hours daily. In an otherwise deserted stretch of an otherwise hoppin' Colfax, this is pretty much everything you would want of an iconic urban diner—the sort that achieved just the right balance of neon, grime, tattoos, and cheap greasy food, with an ample dose of authenticity. And crucially, it is open around the clock to feed the morning downtown crowd and the late night intoxicated revelers $3.50-9.
  • Illegal Pete's, 1530 16th St #101,  +1 303 623-2169. A local favorite hangout with great, cheap burritos! Its patio is located directly on the 16th St Mall, making it a great place to people watch.
  • Jerusalem1890 E Evans Ave,  +1 303 777-8828. Open until 3AM, and within walking distance of the University of Denver, this small but excellent Middle Eastern restaurant offers great no-frills food in a laid-back and hip atmosphere.
  • Far East CenterFederal Blvd (between Alameda and Mississippi). Several southeast Asian restaurants located in this area offer a wide variety of pho, noodle houses, upscale Vietnamese, dim sum and other Asian cuisines. Pho 95, Pho Duy, Super Star Asian and Saigon Bowl are a few of the places to try in this diverse and delicious culinary corridor.
  • Leela European Cafe820 15th St,  +1 303 534-2255. Leela's is a combination bar/coffeehouse/cafe which is a favorite among the college crowd. There's good Italian coffee, great music (live on some nights), and great panini sandwiches. Leela's is open 24 hours as well, and free wireless internet is available, so you can be productive (or not) while waiting for your friends to arrive.
  • Pete's Kitchen1962 E Colfax Ave,  +1 303 321-3139. This combination Greek restaurant and short-order diner is open 24 hours a day and has a great Greek salad and French toast. It's a favorite of local celebrities as well.
  • Sam's No. 31500 Curtis St,  +1 303 534-1927. Just a block off the 16th Street Mall and across the street from the Denver Center of Performing Arts Complex, this family-owned restaurant has been feeding Denver and its visitors since 1927. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives for their Famous Kickin' Pork Green Chili, it's not a spot to be missed.
  • El Taco de Mexico714 Santa Fe Dr,  +1 303 623-3926. This small Mexican lunch-counter offers many delicious food choices for the adventurous palate.
  • Taqueria Patzcuaro2616 W 32nd Ave,  +1 303 455-4389. This neighborhood favorite has the most amazing tacos and green chili.
  • Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza1626 Market St,  +1 303 623-3523. Two-Fisted Mario's has excellent East-coast style pizza on the cheap ($2 a slice, and it's a big slice), and is open until 3AM, so you can grab a pie after drinking microbrews into the wee hours of the morning.

Mid-range

  • Azucar Bakery1886 S Broadway,  +1 720-283-3294. 10AM-7PM. Café, dessert restaurant and bakery. Sit-down area with LavAzza coffee, fruit smoothies, pastries, Inca Kola, tarts, cookies, cupcakes, ice cream.
  • D Bar Desserts494 E 19th Ave (opening summer 2014),  +1 303 861-4710.Dessert is the main course at d Bar, especially with celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard making the delectable desserts. The menu does includes savory items as well as Allegro Coffee to go with your sweets.
  • Empress Seafood2825 W Alameda Ave,  +1 303 922-2822. Empress has long been the queen of dim-sum and affordable yet flavorful seafood selections from all over Asia.
  • Imperial Chinese431 S Broadway,  +1 303 698-2800. Simply put, the Imperial is Denver's premier Chinese restaurant and has been for the over 20 years its been in existence. Dinner entrées range from $10-$30, with all but the Peking Duck and various specials under $22.
  • Jack n Grill2524 Federal Blvd,  +1 303 964-9544. Excellent New Mexico-style food with heaping portions usually soaked in your choice of a green or red chili or for the indecisive, both.
  • New Saigon630 S Federal Blvd,  +1 303 936-4954. Denver is home to a sizable Southeast Asian population that shows off its unique culinary talents at this great Vietnamese community institution.
  • Racine's650 Sherman St,  +1 303 595-0418. THE restaurant for both Denver's power brokers and proletariats with its simple yet elegant American menu and casual yet sophisticated decor.
  • Snooze2262 Larimer St,  +1 303 297-0700. M-F 6:30AM-2:30PM, Sa-Su 7AM-2:30PM. Inventive, trendy (and really good) breakfast is the show-stopper at the east edge of LoDo, and you can expect the place to get extremely crowded on weekends. The thick, rich hot chocolate is definitely worth ordering. $8-20.

Splurge

  • TAG1441 Larimer St,  +1 303 996-9985. Continental food, house-made tonic for drinks.
  • 1515 Restaurant1515 Market St,  +1 303 571-0011. Fine dining. Reservations are recommended.
  • The 9th Door1808 Blake St,  +1 303 293-2111. Spanish tapas and wine, desserts and atmosphere.
  • Barolo Grill3030 E 6th Ave,  +1 303 393-1040. Decadent Italian.
  • The Black Pearl1529 S Pearl St,  +1 303 777-0500
  • Buckhorn Exchange1000 Osage St (next to the Lincoln Park light rail stop), +1 303 534-9505. Lunch: M-F 11AM-2PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-9PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Denver's oldest restaurant, from 1893, played host to famous guest after famous guest, arguably starting with one President Teddy Roosevelt in 1905. Without a doubt, this is as touristy as it gets, but it is nonetheless absolutely worth a visit. Famous for its game meat, both prosaic and rare, the buffalo tenderloin is exceptional, but more adventurous palates can go after the rattlesnake dip, alligator tail, ostrich medallions, or even yak steak! (Call ahead to check ostrich and yak availability.) The place is saturated in Old West kitsch, aging wood, and animal heads, and Th-Sa nights Roz Brown stops by to croon old cowboy tunes accompanied by his autoharp. $25-60.
  • Venice Ristorante1700 Wynkoop St. Amazing, authentic Italian. Very expensive. Very romantic. Very good. Reservations highly recommended.
  • Vesta Dipping Grill1822 Blake St,  +1 303 296-1970. Each menu item at this hip LoDo restaurant comes with your choice of three dipping sauces for a unique and interactive meal.
  • Zengo Restaurant1610 Little Raven St,  +1 720 904-0965. Fusion dining in a trendy establishment.

Coffe & Drink


Coffee

  • Pablo's Coffee. Sw corner of 6th and Washington. Fresh roasted coffee roasted in the store, excellent barristas and a nice patio, no wi-fi so the number of student "campers" is a minimum, a great place for people looking for a great cup of coffee.
  • Hooked on Colfax3213 E Colfax. A few blocks south of City Park. Wifi-friendly coffeeshop with great local coffee offerings, as well as a small selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Offers delicious home-baked pastries and quiches, with gluten-free and vegan options.
  • The MarketLarimer Square. THE place for coffee shop people watching in Denver. Outstanding pastries, hot from the oven every day at 6:30AM. Also a great full service deli. Wifi/Laptop friendly.
  • St. Mark's2019 E 17th Ave (20 blocks east of Broadway). Quintessential coffeehouse ambience. House made pastries. Lovely neighborhood block with a nice collection of restaurants.
  • Fluid (19th and Pennsylvania). Modern. Gourmets: order an Artisan coffee made with the Clover machine. Light pre-packaged eats available. Wifi/Laptop friendly.
  • Daz Bog (9th and Downing). Formerly Diedrich's. Lovely tree lined street. Nice selection of pastries and light bites. Significant portion of patrons are gay. Wifi/Laptop friendly.
  • Common Grounds Downtown (17th and Wazee). An old mainstay in Denver. Between Union Station and Market Street RTD station. Wifi/Laptop friendly.
  • Metropolis. 11th and Cherokee and 17th and Champa. Modern. Wifi/Laptop friendly.
  • Stella's Coffeehaus1476 S Pearl. Large wifi-friendly coffeeshop with a warm, open feel. Popular among students studying during the day, louder and livelier at night.
  • Bardo228 S Broadway. Great laid-back atmosphere, vintage couches in back, tables in front, booths in the middle. Serves locally-roasted coffee, pastries and teas. Good study spot, or just to meet with friends. Wifi-equipped.
  • Drip955 Lincoln St. #G. Upscale atmosphere with friendly staff and reasonable prices. Serving locally-roasted coffee, teas, sandwiches and pastries. Good spot for studying, business meetings, or just to meet with friends. Wifi-equipped, and there's a loft upstairs.
  • The Gypsy House1279 Marion St,  +1 303 830-1112, e-mail:. Mon - Thu: 7AM - 11PM Fri: 7AM - 12AM Sat: 8AM - 12AM Sun: 8:30AM - 11PM. Located in the little red building on 13th and Marion, this cozy coffee and tea nook on the corner has beans, sandwiches and frequent live performances by an eclectic array of artists. Gypsy House is also a hookah bar.

Sights & Landmarks

Denver is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for visitors, plus a diverse collection of neighborhoods that can be attractions in themselves. Many of Denver's older areas are the perfect density for exploration; you'll find an interesting mix of apartments and homes with flowery front gardens, wide flagstone sidewalks, bright green lawns and big, shady trees. Capitol Hill, Highlands, Baker, Berkeley, Uptown, Sloan's Lake, Cheesman, Washington, City and Congress Parks are just some of the neighborhoods bustling with people and places to see.

Denver has many beautiful parks that are full of colorful gardens, meandering paths, crystal clear lakes, abundant wildlife and recreation opportunities. The city has a rich pioneer history, and there are plenty of museums where you can learn all about it. It's also a very environmentally conscious city, with one of the nation’s first municipal “Green Fleets”, public transit vehicles using hybrid and alternative fuel and a city tree-planting initiative. Hop on a green bus, grab a bike or just walk around to discover Denver.


Parks and gardens

  • City Park (between Colorado Blvd, York St, 26th Ave and 17th Ave). Enjoy the Denver sunshine at this 330-acre urban park east of downtown. Two lakes, numerous fields, playgrounds, and a golf course, as well as the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science are all within its expansive bounds. 
    • Denver Zoo2300 Steele St,  +1 303 376-4800. Open every day of the year, hours vary by season. Denver zoo's pride is Bear Mountain, created using casts of actual Colorado rock outcroppings to simulate the bears' natural habitat. For a different way to watch the wildlife, hop on the Pioneer Train, the first train in a U.S. zoo to be powered by natural gas. Other exhibits include an indoor rainforest and the 7-acre Primate Panorama. $5-12
  • Denver Botanic Gardens1005 York St+1 720 865-3500. May-Sept: Sa-Tu 9AM-8PM, W-F 9AM-5PM. Sept-May: 9AM-5PM daily. Closed on major holidays and for special events. Come for the array of flowers and plants from around the world, stay for the peace and quiet (and the free WiFi!), then check out the bonus attractions. Above the gardens' bistro, you'll find Denver's first public green roof, a living example of the benefits of green design. Space and science buffs won't want to miss the OmniGlobe exhibit, a spherical simulation of the Earth from space. $12.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $9 students/children
  • Washington Park. Beautiful and lush Denver park, with lakes, flower gardens, a recreation center, soccer fields and tennis courts. Over 160 acres of natural beauty, surrounded by turn of the 19th Century homes. A favorite jogging, volleyball, and drinking destination. This was formerly the favorite hang out of young residents during the summer months but recent regulations requiring permits for many common activities have dwindled park usage and transferred it to City Park. 
  • Cheesman Park12th Ave at High St. The Acropolis-inspired pavilion has a commanding view of the Denver skyline. 
  • Confluence Park15th Street at the Platte River. Named for the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, Confluence Park is a summertime spot for many of Denver's residents. Cool off in the river, or bring a kayak or inner tube for the purpose built rapids near REI. The park is also accessible via the Cherry Creek or Platte bike trails.

Museums & Galleries


Museums and architecture

  • Black American West Museum & Heritage Center3091 California St+1 720 242-7428. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, closed Su-M. Set in the home of Dr. Justina Ford, Colorado's first Black woman doctor, this museum is dedicated to the contributions of Black pioneers in the Old West. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, $6 children.
  • Byers-Evans House Museum1310 Bannock St,  +1 303 620-4933. M-Sa 10AM-4PM (guided tours at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM and 2:30PM). One of Denver's great historic homes, built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher Williams Byers and elegantly furnished with original turn of the (20th) century pieces. Tour the house or catch featured exhibitions in the gallery. $6 adults, $5 seniors/students, $4 children (children under 6 free)
  • Chamberlin Observatory2930 E Warren Ave,  +1 303 871-5172. Built in 1890, this working observatory is a historic landmark and a pride of the University of Denver. Star Parties and other events are open to the public. 
  • Children's Museum of Denver2121 Children's Museum Dr,  +1 303 433-7444fax: +1 303 433-9520. This educational museum takes a fun, hands-on approach to learning. 
  • Colorado State Capitol200 E Colfax Ave,  +1 303 866-2604. A gorgeous domed building at the southern edge of Downtown. Tours are available, though the big attraction for tourists is standing above the words "One Mile Above Sea Level" engraved into one of the steps out front. 
  • Denver Art Museum100 W 14th Ave Pkwy,  +1 720 865-5000. Tu-Th,Sa-Su 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-8PM. Closed M and major holidays. A huge museum with art from all over the world. You'll want to give yourself several hours to properly explore the place. $13 adults, $10 seniors/students, $5 youth (6-18), free for children 5 and under. Discounted rates available for Colorado residents. Free admission for eveyone on the first Sa of the month
  • Denver Firefighters Museum1326 Tremont Pl,  +1 303 892-1436. M-Sa 10AM-4PM. Historical and interactive exhibits, activities and special events celebrating Denver's firefighters. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children
  • Denver Mint320 W Colfax Ave,  +1 303 405-4761. M-F 8AM-2PM, closed on all federal holidays. Tours begin every hour on the hour. Thanks to this place, more U.S. money is made in Denver than anywhere else in the world. Fish a coin out of your pocket and look for the "D" on the face side (usually in the bottom right quadrant). That means the money was minted in Denver. Advance registration is required for all mint tours. Free
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys1880 Gaylord St,  +1 303 322-1053. W-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Houses, trains, planes, circuses and more. Everything's tiny except the giant teddy bears! $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children (children under age 5 free)
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science2001 Colorado Blvd,  +1 303 322-7009. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Exhibitions, planetarium and IMAX. 
  • Forney Transportation Museum4303 Brighton Blvd,  +1 303 297-1113. M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. $9 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children (3-15), free for children under 3
  • History Colorado Center1200 Broadway (Entrance is on Broadway between 12th & 13th Ave.),  +1 303 447-8679. Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun. Noon-5PM. The center has many displays and exhibits focusing on historical sites throughout Colorado (prairie settlement, mine, Native American life, etc.). Housed in a new building, with some new exhibits. Great for families with kids and even adults; only takes 1-1 1/2 hours to take in. Adults $12; seniors (65+)/students (w/ID) $10; children (6-12) $8; children (under 5) free
  • Molly Brown House Museum1340 Pennsylvania St,  +1 303 832-4092. This restored Victorian was once home to labor reformist, actress and Titanic survivor Margaret Brown. It now showcases that era of Colorado history through exhibits and special events. 
  • The Money Museum1020 16th St (Entrance is on Curtis Street.),  +1 303 572-2300. 8:30AM-4:30PM. Self-guided tour. Small room with a few displays, including $30 million in cash! Free..
  • Museo de las Americas861 Santa Fe Dr,  +1 303 571-4401. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 12PM-5PM. Denver is home to a large and growing Latino population, and this museum focuses on their art and heritage. $5
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver1485 Delgany St,  +1 303 298-7554.Tu-Th noon-7PM, F noon-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Housed in an ultra-modern building downtown, this innovative museum seeks to engage the community with workshops, films, lectures, and a relaxing, open environment. Visit the rooftop deck for 360-degree views of Denver, grab a quick bite in the cafe, and check out the functional public performance space called The Lane. $8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children and teens under 18 free
  • National Ballpark Museum1940 Blake St (off of Blake and 20th, across from Coors Field),  +1 303 974-5835. Open by appointment; call to schedule a visit. A family-run museum that contains one of the best private baseball collections in the country, this museum holds a stunning collection of artifacts from ballparks all over the country, including signs, bricks, and seats from the classic ballparks of old, as well as a section of Fenway Park's "Green Monster". $10 adults, $5 seniors/children, free for active military and children under 6.

Things to do

Late spring and early autumn are excellent seasons to do things outdoors in Denver. Besides the city's various lush green parks, there are plenty of outdoor festivals, sports, and gondola rides. (Yes, gondola rides.) In winter, the snow-peaked mountains in the distance and the crisp air on your cheeks make it the perfect time to tour Denver's famous breweries or check out the downtown arts scene.

  • The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park511 16th St,  +1 303 825-6787. Skating rink in downtown Denver open from late November to mid February. 2$ for skate rental or bring your own skates.

Amusement parks

In addition to the two listed below, the Denver area is also home to Water World, a huge water park in Thornton.

  • Elitch Gardens. A huge amusement park with rides and family entertainment. 
  • Lakeside4601 Sheridan Blvd,  +1 303 477-1621. call for hours. A throwback from Denver's past, Lakeside is an amusement park like they used to make; without all the corporate branding and commercialism. While it may have a somewhat seedy exterior, Lakeside is still a staple of local kids' upbringings, and remains a fixture of Denver culture as well as a much cheaper alternative to Elitch Gardens. Coaster buffs will squeal with glee over the Cyclone, the park's original 1940 Edward Vettel-designed wood coaster. 

Comedy

  • Bovine Metropolis Theater1527 Champa St,  +1 303 758-4722. Nope, no cows on stage. Just exciting and surprising improv comedy shows five nights a week. All ages. $5-16.
  • Comedy Works1226 15th St (between Larimer and Lawrence in Larimer Square),  +1 303 595-3637. Laugh it up with local comedians as well as big name acts. 21 and up. $10-30 tickets.
  • Impulse Theater1634 18th St,  +1 303 297-2111. Th-Sa. At Denver's original improv comedy venue, no two shows are ever the same! Great for group events and appropriate for all ages. $18.

Performing arts

Major performing arts performances are held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex at N Speer Blvd and Arapahoe St in downtown Denver, including:

  • Colorado Ballet, Ellie Caulkins Opera House (in the Denver Performing Arts Complex),  +1 303 837-8888. September–April. Founded in 1951, this internationally acclaimed company presents classical and contemporary ballets.
  • Colorado SymphonyBoettcher Concert Hall (in the Denver Performing Arts Complex),  +1 303 623-7876. September–June. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra established in 1989, as the successor to the Denver Symphony.
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Buell Theatre (in the Denver Performing Arts Complex),  +1 303 893-4100. Year-round. Spend an evening at the theater watching anything from revivals to world premieres. The center hosts a Tony Award-winning professional resident company, as well as touring productions.
  • Opera ColoradoEllie Caulkins Opera House (in the Denver Performing Arts Complex),  +1 303 778-1500. November–May. This young company performs classic operas in their downtown venue. $30-160.

Besides this complex, you can find smaller venues, restaurants, and cafes for a unique and exciting experience.

  • Mercury Cafe2199 California St,  +1 303 294-9281. Highly recommended. This popular restaurant/cafe/event center is a must for any lovers of poetry, theater, or counterculture. Live music almost every night, salsa classes, and more. Particularly recommended Sundays nights, when it hosts Denver's best poetry slam. Often, you might run into well-known names like Andrea Gibson. Check out their schedule for more information.

Sports

  • Denver BroncosSports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St,  +1 720 258-3333. National Football League. 
  • Colorado AvalanchePepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle,  +1 303 405-1100.National Hockey League. 
  • Colorado RockiesCoors Field, 2001 Blake St (on the edge of the LoDo neighborhood),  +1 303 762-5437. Ballpark tours at noon and 2PM on M-Sa non-game days during the season and M, W, F, and Sa during the off-season. Denver'sMajor League Baseball team plays in Coors Field, one of the most beloved ballparks in the major leagues and the most hitter-friendly park as well, thanks to Denver's dry air and high altitude. Tickets range from the $4 "Rockpile" bleachers behind center field to $60 for a seat behind home plate. Behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark are available. Tickets $4-$60, Ballpark tours $9 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children
  • Denver Nuggets, Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle,  +1 303 405-1100.National Basketball Association. 
  • Colorado MammothPepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle,  +1 303 405-1100.National Lacrosse League. 
  • Colorado RapidsDick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City,  +1 303 727-3500. Major League Soccer. 
  • Glendale Raptors Rugby ClubInfinity Park, 950 S. Birch St, Glendale,  +1 303 639-4609. USA Rugby Men's Pacific Rugby Premiership and Women's Premier League. 
  • Denver Barbarians Rugby ClubDick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City. United States Rugby Super League. 
  • Denver PioneersRitchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd,  +1 303 871-2336, e-mail: . The University of Denver (DU), which plays NCAA Division I sports, mostly in The Summit League. With no football program, the highest-profile sports are men's basketball, men's ice hockey (in which it is a traditional powerhouse, playing in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference), and men's lacrosse (an emerging national power in the Big East Conference). 
  • There are also many frisbee golf (frolf) courses that bring hours of entertainment for free, as well as numerous golf courses.

Tours

Among the most popular tours in Denver are those of the many local breweries. Note that the most famous brewery in the area, the Coors Brewery, is located in Golden, about 15 miles west in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Great Divide Brewing Company2201 Arapahoe St,  +1 303 296-9460. This celebrated local microbrewery is helping make Denver an international destination for beer-lovers. Learn firsthand how they do it. Tours happen Monday-Saturday. Free.
  • Venice on the CreekCreekfront Plaza (Larimer St between Speer Blvd and 14th St),  +1 303 893-0750. June–August: Th-Su 5PM-10PM. It's just like you're in Venice. Only you're in Denver. Take a relaxing ride in a punt (very similar to an Italian gondola) on Cherry Creek. Your guide will tell you about city history while navigating the shallow waters around downtown. Tours leave every 15 minutes, and reservations are recommended. $20-75.
  • Denver Microbrew TourDenver Downtown (Tour Starts at Great Divide Brewing Company),  +1 303 578-9548, e-mail: . Year Round, Fri-Su 3PM-5:15PM. Guided walking tour in downtown Denver’s historic LODO (lower downtown) area. The tour includes a brewery tour, beer samplings at several microbreweries, everything you want to know about beer, and local Denver history.$29.
  • Banjo Billy's Bus Tours (Starts at the big blue bear in front of the Denver Convention Center). 1.5. The tour in a bus which looks like your aunt's livingroom (you can ride in a saddle if you don't like armchair) with guide talking about history, people and tales (like ghost stories) about Denver's past and present. Highly entertaining and informative. Book online, they seem not to have physical office in the area. $22.

Festivals and events

  • January National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, Martin Luther King Parade, Indian Market, Mile High Snowfest
  • February Colorado Garden and Home Show, Denver Restaurant Week, Buffalo Bill's Birthday Party
  • March St. Patrick's Day Parade, Denver March Powwow, Starz Global Lens Film Festival
  • April Doors Open Denver, Colorado Rockies Home Opener, KBCO Kinetics
  • May Cinco de Mayo, Tesoro Indian Market and Powwow, Downtown Denver Festival of the Arts, Denver Day of Rock, Colorado Colfax Marathon also includes Denver's NavyWeek.
  • June Colorado Renaissance Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Comcast La Piazza dell’Arte, Do At The Zoo, PrideFest, The People's Fair, Highland Street Fair
  • July Cherry Creek Arts Festival, The INTERNATIONAL at Castle Pines, Colorado Irish Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Evergreen Jazz Festival, Global Dance Festival
  • September A Taste of Colorado, Great American Beer Festival, Brew At The Zoo, Annual Oktoberfest, Festival Italiano, Denver Beer Fest
  • October Fright Fest, Denver Mariachi Festival, Denver Marathon
  • November Denver Arts Week, Starz International Film Festival, Denver International Wine Festival, Downtown Denver, Grand Illumination
  • December Mile High Holidays, Blossoms of Light, Zoo Lights, 9News Parade of Lights, New Year's Eve Downtown Fireworks

Nightlife

Colorado produces more beer by volume than any other state and Denver ranks first for US cities. In fact, Colorado Governor (and former Denver mayor) John Hickenlooper was a microbrewer before running for office. Notable breweries in Denver and environs include:

One should keep in mind that the effects of alcohol are magnified at higher elevations, so people may find themselves inebriated more quickly and with greater effect than they would at lower altitudes. Moderation is probably a good idea until you understand your body's reaction to alcohol and can acclimatize to its effects at higher elevations.

That said, the following are some of the best bar-hopping locales in the city:


Bars in Lower Downtown (LoDo)

LoDo is the name Colorado locals have given the Lower Downtown district of Denver. It's a great place for meals, entertainment, and nightlife, where restored Victorian buildings now house more than 90 sports bars, brew pubs, jazz clubs, and restaurants.

  • The Cruise Room, 1659 Waze St,  +1 303 825-1107. 1930s Art Deco martini bar inside the Oxford Hotel. Best martinis in Denver! You can also order fresh seafood from McCormick's Fish House.
  • Double Daughter's Salotto, 1632 Market St,  +1 303 623-3505. A modern and slightly goth bar for all the cool kids to hang out. The bar features some of the oddest and best ambiance in the city and is connected to Two Fisted Mario's, a pizza place that is open late so you can grab some grub after the bars close.
  • Falling Rock Tap House1919 Blake St,  +1 303 293-8338. 11AM-2AM daily.The Falling Rock is a beer snob's dream, with over 70 excellent beers on tap. The selection changes from week to week, too, keeping the locals entertained and tipsy off of fine Belgians and microbrews. It gets crowded after Rockies games, but during the off season, it's a great place to escape from the cold and warm up with a well-poured Belgian trippel. For that matter, it's a good place on an average night to "escape LoDo" and have a beer in a place where you'll be able to have a good conversation without shouting.
  • My Brother's Bar (Brother's), 2376 15th St,  +1 303 455-9991. 11AM-2AM daily.Brother's is the oldest still-operating bar in Denver, steeped in the history of the Beat movement; Jack Kerouac was a regular here during his years in Denver. Massive selection of premium choices and a fantastic single-malt scotch selection. Classical music plays, but don't expect to hear it on a really busy night. Good food, making this a great casual lunch option, including the JCB: a cheeseburger featuring Jalapeno Cream Cheese. There's no sign on the bar so don't look for one, but it's right on the southeast corner of 15th and Platte streets. This is where the locals go and regulars abound. Food: $4-10.
  • Nallen's Irish Pub1429 Market St,  +1 303 572-0667. A little piece of the Old Country in Denver, Nallen's has great nightly drink specials and a Tuesday night pub quiz.
  • Wynkoop Brewery1634 18th St,  +1 303 297-2700. Fresh brews, billiard tables, and excellent food. Banquets and private parties. Historically significant architecture.

Bars in Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is the neighborhood directly east and south of the Colorado State Capitol, located on Colfax Avenue and Grant Street. It has long held as place for young people, sub-cultures and the gay and lesbian community. Currently, it rivals LoDo as the place to party, no matter what your scene is.

  • Charlie Brown's Bar & Grill980 Grant St,  +1 303 860-1655. Charlie Brown's in another Beat-era hangout located at a hotel where Ginsburg and the gang used to stay. Has great happy-hours, a mostly local crowd, good food, and an agile piano player belting out tunes while you drink.
  • The Church1160 Lincoln St,  +1 303 832-2383. Part of the "SoCo" (South of Colfax) club district, the Church is one of the most popular dance clubs in the city, and as its name suggests, is housed in a former Episcopalian church. That however, does not prevent hundreds if not thousands of people from descending on the dance floor every night to shake what God has given them.
  • City O City206 E 13th Ave. You will find a changing handful of unusual brews on tap. Grab a blueberry muffin or the vegan buffalo wings (which are excellent - and you can eat them without having to worry about a bone!) and people watch.
  • Funky Buddha Lounge776 Lincoln St,  +1 303 832-5075. Lounge with 2 floors each with its own bar and dance space. Good vibe for hanging out or grooving. Walls display artwork by local artists. Various DJs who play good music outside your mundane top40 list. Funk, old-school hiphop, dubstep, house. A frequent hangout for breakdancers on Thursdays.
  • Govnr's Park Tavern672 Logan St,  +1 303 831-8605. Practically the after work bar for all of the state workers and lobbyists at the capitol, this comfortable place has great happy-hour specials and tasty food.

Bars on Colfax

Colfax Avenue, described by Playboy Magazine as the "longest, wickedest, street in America," stretches 26 miles through Denver and its suburbs. Colfax has long had a "gritty" reputation for being home to prostitution and drug peddlers. However, through much urban development work, Colfax has shed its past and emerged hipper, cleaner and more popular than ever. The many bars, restaurants and nightspots along the street give it a 24/7 ambience.

  • The Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave # 100,  +1 303 839-1394. The Snug (to the locals) is the best place in Denver to down a pint of Guinness with your mates. Excellent fish and chips will fill you up (if the Guinness doesn't first).
  • Mezcal3230 E Colfax Ave,  +1 303 322-5219. Mezcal is a hip Mexican-themed bar/restaurant serveing excellent and cheap Mexican food along with its plentiful selection of great drinks, particularly tequilas.
  • Sancho's Broken Arrow741 E Colfax Ave,  +1 303 832-5288. One of the four Don Quixote themed bars in Denver, Sancho's is the best place in Denver to relive your old days with its Grateful Dead come alive decor and live rock and roll every Monday.
  • Squire Lounge1800 E Colfax Ave+1 303 333-9106. M-F noon-2PM, Sa noon-late. This is a serious dive bar, complete with nasty bathrooms, unkempt floors, characters, a couple pool tables, and a jukebox. And cheap late night drinks accompanied by some seriously plastered clientèle. Clearly not for everyone, but it has its place. If you are up for a real wild ride, order The Beaver, a huge pitcher of impromptu God-only-knows-what, usually less than $10.
  • Streets of London Pub1501 E Colfax Ave,  +1 303 861-9103. The closest thing to England you can get without a 10 hour flight, Streets of London has an abundant selection of ales, draughts and other favorites.

Bars elsewhere in Denver

  • Lowry Beer Garden7577 East Academy Blvd,  +1 303 366-0114. Summer hours: 11AM-12AM. New in the Lowry neighborhood, this beer garden is in between two of the old airplane hangars that made up Lowry Air Force Base. The Garden offers a thoughtful draft and bottled beer selection with a focus on Colorado and handcrafted brews. The Lowry Beer Garden also serves up your favorite casual fare with locally-made gourmet brats & sausages, freshly-baked pretzels, house-ground burgers, hand-cut fries and chef-created salads.

Music venues


Nightclubs

Denver is the heart of Colorado's nightlife. For a city its size, Denver does not disappoint.

  • Beta1909 Blake St. Located right in Downtown, Beta is one of Denver's most popular nightclubs, with a friendly clientele of all ages and sexual orientations.
  • Grizzly Rose5450 North Valley Highway. A must for a true western experience. The Grizzly Rose is a huge saloon with line-dancing, live music, and even a mechanical bull. A popular draw for people living outside the city.
  • Charlie's900 E Colfax Ave,  +1 303 839-8890. Charlie's is simultaneously a gay bar and cultural landmark catering to the old west spirit and/or disco diva in all of us. Charlie's has a friendly clientele, a mix of country, pop, and dance music, and inexpensive drinks.
  • Tracks3500 Walnut St. Denver's main gay nightclub, Tracks is big, friendly, and very fun. Go there Thursday for 18+ nights, or check out the monthly lesbian party First Fridays.

Safety in Denver

Stay Safe


Denver is quite safe for a city its size. Use common sense when traveling, particularly in downtown and some of the other inner-city neighborhoods. Denver does have a visible population of people experiencing homelessness, but the city has strict laws about accosting for money. In general, panhandlers don't harm anyone. Downtown has a fairly active 24/7 population, especially in LoDo, so it's generally safe.

Still, it may be a good idea not to travel alone at night in some of the neighborhoods surrounding downtown. Although the inner-city neighborhoods are not as bad as those in some other cities, they have higher rates of crime than the rest of the city. The rest of Denver is safe, though.


Emergencies

Like the rest of the United States, the emergency number in Denver is 911. This will connect you to the local emergency services (police, medical, and fire). If you need to report a crime to the police, such as a burglary (not in progress), minor assault (no injuries and not in progress), car theft, etc. Dial +1 720 913-2000 and request for police assistance.

The Denver Police is the main police force for the Denver Metro area. Most police officers are polite and trustworthy individuals, so if you need assistance, approaching a police officer is a good idea.


Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness is an ailment that potentially anyone can have when they visit areas with higher altitudes than they are used to, due to decreases in barometric pressure (though not oxygen content). Denver is called the Mile High City for a reason—at an altitude of a mile above sea level, one can start to experience some of the effects of altitude sickness though generally this condition becomes more pronounced at elevations around 8000 ft (2500 m) and above. Some normal changes may occur when people travel to higher altitudes that are not altitude sickness. These include the following:

  • Hyperventilation (breathing faster and/or deeper than normal)
  • Shortness of breath after exertion
  • Changes in nightly breathing
  • Awaking at night
  • Increased urination

The above are generally nothing to worry about, though problems with breathing may be helped by a drug called acetazolamide. If you think you may have problems, get advice from your doctor before traveling to Denver.

Some people get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which can be serious, at the higher elevations you will experience if you are touring through the Rocky Mountains. A diagnosis of AMS is usually given if a person has a headache accompanied by one of more of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite, vomiting and/or nausea
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping

Some people liken AMS to a bad hangover or worse. It occurs because your brain tissue swells at higher elevations than it is used to. If you are feeling unwell at high altitudes, assume that you are suffering from AMS unless there is another logical explanation that would be accompanied by other symptoms (food poisoning or a viral infection).

To avoid AMS, try to get to a lower elevation until your symptoms subside, drink lots of fluid to avoid dehydration, and avoid traveling at high rates of ascent. If the symptoms continue or worsen, travel to a lower altitude. AMS can turn into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), a potentially fatal condition where the brain swells so much that it ceases to function properly. Symptoms of HACE include confusion, inability to think clearly, lethargy, ataxia (walking staggerdly, as if one was drunk), and changes in behavior. The person may not recognize having HACE, but if you any of you experiences any of these symptoms (especially ataxia),immediately make sure the person is taken to lower elevations for medical treatment.

Another very serious condition, called High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)causes fluid in the lungs. If someone suffers chest tightness, congestion, gurgling breaths, blue or gray fingers or lips, cough producing frothy or pink liquid, and difficulty breathing even at rest, they should be taken to a lower elevation and receive medical treatment immediately.

Although not particularly common, keep in mind that these illnesses are possible and that anyone is susceptible to them, even if you have traveled to high elevations before.

Another medical concern at higher elevations, particularly those in Colorado and Denver, is sunburn and skin cancer. The higher elevation means that there is less atmosphere protecting the skin from harmful solar radiation. This is especially true in Colorado, with both dry air that saps the skin of protective moisture and with the beautifully sunny days we have in the state.

Colorado actually has the highest rate of skin cancer in the country, so it is always a good idea to wear a lot of high SPF sun-screen, hats, long sleeve shirts and pants. Don't think that you are protected from the sun in the winter either. The sun's rays can actually be reflected by the snow on the ground, still causing skin damage, so when in Colorado, do as the locals do, and wear sunscreen on any exposed skin surface at any time of the year.

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