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Denver, Colorado sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Known as the "Mile High City," these surrounding mountains still seem to tower above the city and provide a beautiful backdrop to such a booming metropolitan city. Denver, CO was originally founded in 1859 as a mining camp for gold. It is now home to over 2.4 million people and still growing. The city has something for everyone from museums to sporting events to shops and galleries to entertainment of all kinds to some of the most beautiful parks and recreation opportunities.

In the heart of downtown Denver, 16th Street, a mile-long promenade, is where you'll find most visitors as well as locals dining or spending evenings out, or just strolling along to window shop and watch street performers. The street is lined with restaurants, hotels, galleries, shops, and music The best part is that carriages and free shuttles are the only moving vehicles allowed on it. There also seem to be fantastic views of the mountains down every street. For city goers there is a plethora of restaurants, a historic area with bars and restaurants, and many galleries. You'll find many activities for kids and families in Denver like zoos, museums, sports, a huge performing arts center, an amusement park and a water park.

With 300 days of sunshine it's hard to come up with an excuse for staying indoors. Walk, bike, or skate around City Park Lake or along the South Platte River. Hikers, backpackers, climbers, or just those seeking views of wildlife and towering peaks may want to head north on Hwy 36 which leaves Denver towards Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Here 60 peaks stand above 12,000 feet. Trail Ridge Road winds over and through these peaks reaching 12,183 feet at one point and is open from Memorial Day through late fall.

Denver International Airport (DIA) is 23 miles northeast of Denver and makes traveling to Colorado easy and affordable as flights frequent large cities all around the nation. This is a great place to start if you are planning to explore the area and beyond. It is also a popular airport because of its architecture and numerous shops and galleries. There are many car rental agencies, which even rent RVs.

Driving from Denver, Colorado to Jackson, Wyoming may take about 8 hours but there are many things to see along the way. Make sure to stop at Rocky Mountain National Park first.

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