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Founded in 1858 as a mining town during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in western Kansas Territory, Denver is the largest city and capital of the Colorado. Nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile or 5,280 feet (1,609.3 m) above sea level, it is one of the highest major cities in the United States.

Historically known as the Queen City of the Plains, Denver has played an important role in the agricultural industry of the plains regions along the foothills of the Colorado Front Range. It is also home to several large corporations, making Denver a key trade point in the US.

Denver has many nationally recognized museums, including a new wing for the Denver Art Museum by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the second largest Performing Arts Center in the nation after Lincoln Center in New York City and bustling neighborhoods such as LoDo, filled with art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs.

Because of its proximity to the mountains, and generally sunny weather, Denver has gained a reputation as being a very active, outdoor oriented city. With over 200 parks and 850 miles of paved bike paths, visitors to Denver have many options for outdoor activities.

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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park and AmphitheatreCarved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park is one of the world's most renowned concert venues and has hosted everyone from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. When there's no concert, the Visitor Center has a free museum and Performers' Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.

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16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
16th Street Mall - Pedestrian MallLined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long 16th Street Mall has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver's best people-watching. Renowned architect I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus - they're free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall.

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Colorado State Capitol
Colorado State CapitolStand exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high!) on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol, then climb to the rotunda for a panorama of snowcapped peaks. It is against state law to block the view of the 200 named mountains visible from the dome. Free tours are available on weekdays.

Photo credit: Colorado Visitor’s Guide

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