Denver Travel Guide & Information

Denver is the capital of Colorado and most populous city in the state. Denver flights are your ticket to a city that strongly embraces its cowboy image and mining history. Denver has something for all types of travelers, outdoorsy, sophisticated, artsy and full of nature.

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Close to 300 days of sunshine, a pedestrian friendly downtown, thriving art and cultural scenes with the Rockies as a backdrop, Denver offers exploration of one of the world's most spectacular playgrounds. Unique neighborhoods throughout the city offer everything a traveler would want in a cosmopolitan city.

Located in the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city provides breathtaking views. Denver is nicknamed “the Mile-High City” because its official elevation is exactly one mile, or 5,280 feet above sea level. The city has marked the exact "Mile High" point by a gold band embedded in the steps of the state capitol building. The combination of urban sprawl and proximity to nature is what makes Denver one of the most popular destinations.

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Things to do in Denver

Museums:

Black American West Museum & Heritage Center: Founded in 1971 by Paul W. Stewart, the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating the contributions of African Americans in the Old West. In the Cowboy exhibit, there are many items and photographs from famous African American cowboys.

Denver Art Museum: Located in Denver's Civic Center, the museum is known for its collection of Native American Art, and has a comprehensive collection of more than 68,000 works from across the globe. The museum has nine curatorial departments: architecture, design & graphics, Asian art, modern and contemporary, native arts, New World, painting & sculpture, photography, Western art and textile art.

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Museum of Contemporary Art:Founded in 1996, Museum of Contemporary Art was formed to provide the city with its first contemporary art museum. The design of the building supports the Museum’s mission and demonstrates the Museum’s commitment to sustainability. The museum has five distinct galleries, three spaces for education, multiple sites for special projects, like commissioned works and one live art lecture hall.

Must See:

The Mile High City is host to other numerous attractions that you ought to include in your "Must See" itinerary while planning your vacation to Denver.

Denver Botanic Gardens: The Denver Botanic Gardens is a public botanical garden located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood. The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts throughout the summer. Woody Allen's 1973 movie "Sleeper" filmed some scenes at these gardens.

Colorado State Capitol: The Colorado State Capitol Building is home to the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the Governor of Colorado and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. The official elevation of Denver is measured outside the west entrance to the building, where the fifteenth step is engraved with the words "One Mile Above Sea Level." From this step, around dusk, a magnificent view of the sun setting behind the Rocky Mountains can be seen.

Centennial Flower Gardens: A visit to Centennial Flower Gardens is a must for any gardening enthusiast. The Gardens are patterned after the Gardens of Versailles, with paths and flowerbeds showcasing native flora, along with other flowers that grow in abundance in Colorado’s arid climate. Besides acquiring new gardening tips, gardeners will likely run into other tourists engaging in a refreshing afternoon stroll and share tips.

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Where to Stay in Denver:

Visitors looking for hotels in Denver, the Mile High City will find cheap hotels and 4-Star Hotels Under $99, as well as Hostels, Bed and Breakfasts, golf resorts and more, throughout the entire city.

Downtown/Auraria: The area is an excellent choice for business travelers, as the majority of business travelers heading to the city wind up staying in one of downtown Denver’s array of notable and contemporary hotels. Leisure travelers will enjoy staying downtown, too, as this area offers easy access to shopping, dining and many of the city's popular attractions.

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Uptown/City Park: Predominantly a residential neighborhood, Denver's most popular Bed and Breakfast hotels are scattered throughout City Park. The area is home to Denver's famed Restaurant Row, a collection of elegant fine dining establishments, as well as a bevy of nightclubs and bars to choose from. It is also a great place to check out some of Denver's Victorian architecture and the impressive Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, a Romanesque masterpiece with towering spires.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Denver

Being located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver experiences relatively mild weather throughout the year. Summer is the most popular time to visit Denver. The afternoon weather is warm, and evenings are cool.

Winter brings cooler temperatures and snow, as well as lower prices and fewer crowds.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June - August)

Low season: (November - March)

Denver Weather

Denver experiences a semi-arid climate with typical dry, cold winters, warm summers, showery springs and pleasant autumns.

* The weather in Denver, to a large extent is influenced by the neighboring Rocky Mountains. The weather can be unpredictable with unseasonal snowstorms.

* The average yearly rainfall is low. Sunny skies are the norm. One can witness up to 60 inches of snow during winter.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

United States Dollar or USD($) is the prime currency

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of Denver.

Languages:

* English is spoken by majority of population in Phoenix.

* In addition to this, many people in Denver speak Spanish as well.