Sitting pretty at 5,280 feet in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Denver is home to approximately 2.5 million people. Long celebrated for the outdoor recreation, cultural attractions and urban lifestyle, Denver is a very desirable place to live. Rated 10th best city to live for young professionals by Forbes Denver has plenty of attractive features for residents as well as residents to be.
Denver’s arts and cultural world has thrived in the last decade. In 2006, the city celebrated the opening of a major expansion to the Denver Art Museum — the Hamilton Building, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Two years later, the city was given a new home for The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, an eco-friendly building created by David Adjaye. Meanwhile, the city’s creative community has transformed several neighborhoods into vibrant art districts, with First Friday Art Walks attracting art lovers year-round.
The Denver performing arts world is downtown’s Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC), the second largest such structure in the U.S. DPAC regularly hosts blockbuster Broadway musicals, classical music, dance, drama and more.
There are plenty of attractions for visitors who want to spend a few days in Denver. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is filled with treasures of the earth. At the Denver Zoo, visitors go underwater with polar bears, get into a staring contest with a gorilla and see a rain forest teeming with crocodiles and gila monsters. Several museums pay tribute to larger-than-life Denver characters, such as Buffalo Bill Cody, the Unsinkable Molly Brown and modern artist Vance Kirkland, and so much more.
The hubs of Denver’s business world are downtown and the Tech Center, but you will love the city’s hidden-gem neighborhoods, each with their own dining scene, diverse shopping and stimulating cultural attractions.
Love sports? You can cheer on professional teams in Denver year-round, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer or lacrosse. The Colorado Rockies defend their home turf at downtown’s Coors Field, while the Denver Broncos sell out every game at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Both the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche play at the Pepsi Center, also downtown.
Crowd-pleasing shopping rounds out the Denver experience. Downtown shoppers can ride the free hybrid shuttles on the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall. Larimer Square offers the trendiest retail options, while the Cherry Creek Shopping District is home to upscale options like Tiffany’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus, along with one-of-a-kind cafes, spas, galleries and boutiques.
Carved from towering red-rock monuments, the 9,000-seat Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the world’s most renowned concert venues. A concert here is on the “bucket list” of every true music fan. The Visitor Center has a museum and performers hall of fame, and the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave around the colorful rocks.
If you come to Denver looking for outdoor recreation, you won’t be disappointed. Denver offers more than 850 miles of paved off-road trails that connect to hundreds of miles of dirt trails and mountain-bike adventures. The nearby Rocky Mountains boast hiking excursions, ski slopes and wildlife. Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the top outdoor destinations in the world, is just a 90-minute drive from downtown. Additionally, Denver offers more than 850 miles of bike and walking paths that connect to hundreds of miles of dirt trails and mountain-bike adventures.
Whatever you are looking for you will find it in Denver.