Welcome to the
Mile High City!
Denver is called the Mile High City because most of it sits at 5,280 feet, which is one mile above sea level. There's a marker on the steps of the capital building in the heart of the city, indicating exactly one vertical mile; it's a popular photo spot for visitors, and you'll see the number 5280 all over town, whether it's on a magazine cover or as a price for something.
This city is a metropolitan cow-town, and it's a lot of fun. It boasts seven professional sports teams, the second largest performing arts complex in the world, several museums, gardens, an aquarium, a major theme park, an international airport and world class outdoor sports within a day's trip from downtown Denver. None of that, however, takes away from the down-home friendliness and charm of the city and the citizens who have come from all over the world to live here. From the National Western Stock Show in January to the start of Denver Bronco's football season in September, and the holy of holies... opening day on the slopes in the Rocky Mountains, this city has something good for everyone. Find yourself, find peace, excitement, culture, wilderness, unparalleled beauty, and adventure in the biggest metropolitan area in the wild, wild west.
One of the things to remember is that Denver is not the highest altitude in the area; there are several '14ers' nearby; mountains reaching over fourteen thousand feet, which attract outdoor sports enthusiasts. Please remember that if you are unaccustomed to high altitudes, you may want to read up on helpful tips found on Moxie's Health page before you come visit. Don't forget to buy the t-shirt that asks: Got Oxygen?
Good to Know
*Google "Denver Events Calendar" for current events
*Take layers of clothes, the weather changes quickly and can be cold, especially at higher elevations.
*Marijuana is LEGAL in Colorado, BUT - it's only legal on state property. On any federal land, such as national parks and ski resorts, it's illegal, and is a punishable offense. Here are the rules!
How to get around
Public transportation RTD operates a Skyride bus that goes to various destinations throughout the city, and there's a train that leaves DIA for Union Station in central downtown Denver. A ticket to either of them is transferable to any other RTD modes of transport for 24 hours.
There are also taxis, limos, shuttles, mountain carriers, hotel shuttles, and ride-sharing companies including Lyft, Uber, and others.
RTD lightrail trains and buses operate all over the city.
The 16th St. Mall in downtown Denver is a free ride that operates up and down the mall.
Car2Go is a per-use rental car option; pick up and drop off anywhere.
Turo is a personal-use rental car option (think Airbnb for cars).
Denver Based Books
Off the Beaten Path:
Cherry Creek - swanky shopping
Denver Public Library - one of the top 5 in the country
The Beaten Path:
-Tattered Cover Book Stores - The original is the best, but they're all incredible!
- Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel - The finest high tea in Denver
-Balistreri Vineyards - A beautiful family owned Italian vineyard just outside the city.
-Boulder (The People's Republic of Boulder) is a wonderful day trip only an hour from Denver.
-Westword - a media publication with all the info about what's going on in Denver from clubs and concerts to fine arts and politics.
-Pearl St Mall in Boulder A walking mall in the heart of Boulder lined with wonderful, unusual shops and restaurants
-Dushanbe Tea House - Boulder A Tajikistan tea house gifted to the city of Boulder, that has a twin in Dushanbe.
-Estes Park - A small mountain town that is the gateway to the Rockies; charming!