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So You Want to Visit Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, the state's capitol city at the foot of the Rockies, has come a long way from the days of being a "cow" town. Yet, Denver still has a respect for its roots. This is evidenced by Denver hosting the National Western Stock Show in January each year.

During this event cowboys and city folk alike gather to watch rodeos, concerts and livestock exhibitions. And, among other things, at the Stock Show, visitors can still shop for all manner of western themed clothing, furnishings and accessories

However, especially over the last 2 decades, the Denver skyline has grown & modernized. Denver has greeted a Fine Arts Complex with many theaters, an expanded Museum of Modern Art, a world class Convention Center, key state of the art sports facilities, the 16th street pedestrian mall as well as new, modern hotels. This includes the brand new 5 star Ritz Carlton which puts Denver among the world's great destinations as far as places to stay

All of this, with easy access to mountain cabins, ski areas and other Colorado tourist attractions, helped Denver to be chosen as host city of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Here's Some Info from "Mindy's Guide" to Get You Going -

Denver, Colorado and Vicinity

Welcome to Denver, Colorado. You don't have to be politically minded to enjoy Denver on vacation. While you're here, take a tour of the US Mint, the extensive Denver Public Library, stroll the Denver Zoo or the Botanic Gardens. Why not catch a Rockies game if you like Major League Baseball or a Nuggets game if you lean towards NBA basketball? You can explore the historic areas, homes and parks or attend one of the many festivals that vary with the seasons.

Where to Stay - Denver Lodging

To see everything in Denver, you should have a place to stay, or a "base of operations" that is right for you. All manner of hotels and lodging abound in and around the city including luxury hotels, historic and modern downtown hotels, historic bed and breakfasts, older inexpensive motels, interstate motor lodges and moderate hotels by Denver International Airport (aka DIA).

Except for lodging close to the airport or along the interstates, most lodging choices will be either in the downtown area or in one of the districts like the historic Capitol Hill area or the Cherry Creek shopping area. All of these locations are still but a few miles from everything.

For example, the historic Oxford and Brown Palace Hotels are in the heart of downtown while a number of bed and breakfasts with colorful histories, like Castle Marne, are in the older residential area east of the Capitol. A few hotels cater to shoppers and business travelers alike. These may be found near the 16th mall in the heart of downtown or right in Cherry Creek where excellent dining and shopping experiences can be enjoyed

If you are really looking for an authentic Colorado vacation, mountain cabins can be found within an hour of Denver.

Museums, Tours & Galleries

What specifically is there to see? --- Well, Denver has traditional museums and museums created from the former homes of famous residents.

The Molly Brown House

if you remember the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown from the story of the sinking of the Titanic, then you'll want to visit her house in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is the 19th century Victorian mansion where she entertained Denver Society. Tour guides will tell you about her life as you tour rooms that are very much decorated to the period in which she lived.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Wonderful exhibits in natural history, anthropology and space science. Adjacent to the Phipps Planetarium and a science oriented IMAX.

The Denver Art Museum

Houses Modern Art, Sculpture, European classics and interior decor as art among other exhibits, in 2 adjoining buildings designed by world-renowned architects.

Traveling to Denver

To get to Denver by air, Denver International Airport is modern, efficient and even boasts integrated custom designed art along its concourses. Two major interstates, I-25 and I-70 cross in Denver making the city very convenient to get to by car. Lastly, for rail lovers, Amtrak passenger trains run through Denver from Chicago on the east and California or Salt Lake City on the west.

So, no matter how you get to Denver, just come and you'll want to return.

-- Excerpt from: "Mindy's Guide to Denver, Colorado" by Mindy Makuta