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Welcome to The Mile High City

You can tell from its skyline alone that Denver is a major metropolis, with a Major League Baseball stadium at one end of downtown and the State Capitol building at the other. But look to the west to see where Denver distinguishes itself in the majestic Rocky Mountains, snow-peaked and breathtakingly huge, looming in the distance. This combination of urban sprawl and proximity to nature is what gives the city character and sets it apart as a destination. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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For a Good Time, Head to LoDo

Shopping, dining and nightlife abound in Denver’s hip Lower Downtown district, full of Victorian architecture. Stroll through nearby Larimer Square.

For a Good Time, Head to LoDo

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Jurassic Times to Outer Space — It’s All Here

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science entertains with dazzling displays of dinosaurs, gems, Egyptian mummies, Indian cultures and space journeys.

Jurassic Times to Outer Space — It’s All Here

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Enjoy a Great Downtown Green Space

The Denver Botanic Gardens displays 33,000 plants on 23 acres. This urban oasis includes a Japanese Garden, a children’s area and a Rock Alpine Garden.

Enjoy a Great Downtown Green Space

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Trendy Cherry Creek Has Lots to Offer

Upscale shops and cafes make this neighborhood a city highlight. Put on running shoes or rent a bike and enjoy pretty (and popular) Cherry Creek Trail.

Trendy Cherry Creek Has Lots to Offer

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World-Class Art in a Stunning Building

Futuristic is the word for the Denver Art Museum, with American Indian and Spanish Colonial art, plus paintings and sculpture from around the globe.

World-Class Art in a Stunning Building

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See Where Your Money Comes From

Make reservations well ahead to tour the U.S. Mint, which produces up to 50 million coins a day in its 1904 Italian Renaissance-style building.

See Where Your Money Comes From

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