Denver -- the Mile High City, the Gateway to the Rockies. This bustling metropolis is full of residents and vacationers from all over the world. Plenty of sunshine, diverse neighborhoods, and a thriving cultural scene make Denver a popular destination. Whether you're the outdoorsy sort, looking for city life before venturing into the Rockies, or you're the ultimate cosmopolitan, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Denver. Shop, eat or take in a concert or a game from top-tier professional sports teams in this engaging city.


01Rocky Mountain National Park

Encompassing 415 square miles of spectacular wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park is a haven for those who want to experience Denver's natural beauty. You won't find a better spot for hiking — the park features 355 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. Visitors can also go fishing or horseback riding, take a scenic drive, view over 300 species of wildlife, or even stay overnight in one of the park's wilderness campsites.

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