Denver began as a miners’ camp in 1858 and has rapidly evolved to its current status as a regional hub for the mountain states region. Today, the six-county metro area is the 20th largest metro area and the 10th largest downtown area in America.
Located at the base of the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and a mile above sea level, Denver's climate is mild and dry with sunshine about 300 days a year. Denverites enjoy the nation’s largest city park system with biking/jogging and hiking trails, golf, boating, climbing, and trout fishing along with easy access to nearby world famous ski slopes.
Denver has a diverse cultural community. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Opera, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and other museums and performance venues in the surrounding suburbs provide many opportunities for entertainment.
Sports fans can root for seven professional sports teams. Denver is one of the few cities in the nation with new playing arenas for four of its sports teams: The Colorado Rockies' Coors Field baseball park, the Nuggets and Avalanche at the Pepsi Center and the Broncos’ Mile High Invesco Field. All four are in LoDo, a historic Denver area known for its condominium lofts, art galleries, small clubs, brew pubs, fine restaurants, and specialty retail shops.
For more information on Denver, see the University of Colorado site or log on to the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.