Denver basks in sunshine more than 300 days a year, the better to see its stunning backdrop of snowcapped Rocky Mountain peaks.

In the Mile High City you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon, ride the riverfront bike trail or explore vibrant neighborhoods with art galleries and boutiques. Along with its rich Old West heritage, its historic downtown is now a hotbed of trendy bars, brew-pubs, cafes and fabulous restaurants. From the Denver Art Museum to the performing arts complex to six sports stadiums and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, there’s a wealth of world-class art and entertainment.

Things to know before you go

  • Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high! Drink plenty of water and allow time to adjust to the higher altitude, especially for sports activities.
  • Six RTD light rail lines connect Downtown to outlying areas. An airport line is scheduled to open in 2016. There’s also an extensive bus network, plus a free shuttle along the 16th Street Mall.
  • Denver B-cycle is a shared bike program with multiple pick-up and drop-off stations around town. Swipe your credit card to enjoy the city’s 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails.

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Donna Dailey

Green Valley, Arizona

A former Denver resident, Donna Dailey is an award-winning travel writer and photographer whose work appears in a variety of international travel publications and websites.