Denver, or if we want to get completely formal, the City and County of Denver, is the not only the capital of Colorado, but the state's largest city. The population of Denver is just a smidge under 650,000, and is spot on 400 square kilometres in area. Denver is nicknamed as the Mile High City. No, get your mind out of the gutter, not the Mile High Club. This is due to its official elevation which is exactly a mile or 1,609.344 meters above sea level. Not only is it one of the highest major cities in the States, but home to the Denver International Airport.
Denver has many nationally distinguished museums, which includes a new wing for the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum is situated in the Civic Center of Denver. It is globally renowned for its collection of American Indian art. Denver is also the second largest Performing Arts Center in the nation. The neighbourhood LoDo is filled with several art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs. LoDo is the lower downtown area of Denver, and it is the oldest and original settlement in Denver.
Denver is active and outdoor oriented city due to its closeness to the mountains and its sunny weather. Skiing in winter, climbing, kayaking, summer camp are favourite activities of the citizens of Denver. In the month of September, the Colorado Convention Center in Denver hosts a gem and mineral exhibition.
A large number local as well as national breweries are situated in Denver. Some of the larger breweries offer tours to the tourists. Foreign tourists flock the city during the annual Great American Beer Festival, which is held each autumn. Denver is also famous for New Mexican cuisine and chili. It's best known for its green and red chili sauce, the Colorado Burrito, and Southwest or Denver omelettes.
Denver is also crammed packed full of other exciting tourist attractions such as the Colorado State Capitol, Denver Zoo, the Molly Brown House, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, the Children's, Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Coors Field, the Downtown Aquarium, Elitch Gardens, Cherry Creek, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Forney Transportation Museum, the Grant Humphreys Mansion and the Denver Coliseum.