Above the Mile-High City
Denver earned its nickname for being exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. Located just east of the foothills of the Rockies at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte, the city is known for it’s spectacular mountain views and outdoors activities. It has also become a center for arts and world-class culture attractions. The following are some of the points of interest that this city has to offer.
Children’s Museum of Denver
The Museum was founded in June 1973 in a traveling bus, eventually moving to its current location along the South Platte River in 1984. Their mission is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood.
The original Eltich Gardens opened in 1890 and it notably contained the first zoo west of Chicago. Unable to expand in the original property, the amusement park, along with its roller coasters and rides, was relocated to its present location on the Platte River in 1995.
Formerly known as the Pepsi Center, this some to the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche & Mammoth that also hosts big-name music performers.
One of several interconnected parks along the South Platte River, this urban green space offers jogging paths, a riverfront trail, benches & shady spots to relax.
The home of the Colorado Rockies has capacity for more than 50,000 baseball fans, with some seats offering views of the Rocky Mountains. It has a reputation as a “hitters field” having twice broke the major league record for home runs hit in a ballpark in one season.
Colorado State Capitol
Opened in 1894, the architecture intentionally mimics the United States Capitol building. The distinctive gold-dome is covered in real good leaf to commemorate the Colorado Gold Rush.
Denver Art Museum
One of the largest museums west of the Mississippi, the DAM is known for it vast collection of Native American, Contemporary, and International Art. The museum is comprised of several buildings, including the award winning Frederic C. Hamilton Building.
In the 1860’s, Rancher Thomas Sloan was digging a well when he accidentally hit an underground aquifer. Water rushed up and flooded his farm, forming what today is the largest lake in Denver. It is for this reason that it is sometimes referred to as “Sloan’s Leak”.