Denver is just 340 miles from the exact center of the Continental United States - closer to the center of the nation than any other city its size. In addition to easy air access, Denver is at the intersection of two major Interstate highways, has two AMTRAK passenger trains daily and is a major hub for interstate motorcoach travel.
Mild, Sunny and Mile High: While the Rocky Mountains are still snowcapped, Denver enjoys an early spring with delightfully warm, sunny days. More than 50,000 flowers are planted on the 16th Street Mall each spring. Dress in layers so that as the sun warms up, you can remove layers and stay comfortable. Denver receives more hours of annual sunshine than San Diego or Miami Beach, so winter days in Denver are bright, sunny and surprisingly mild. In February, average daily highs are 45 degrees - warmer than New York, Chicago, Philadelphia or St. Louis.
Upscale and Affordable: Denver is the 23rd largest city in the U.S. in terms of metro area population and ranks about the same in national cost studies. The city has more than 2,000 restaurants (300 within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center). According to the 2012 Corporate Travel Index, Denver is a bargain, ranking 61st out of the top 100 cities in food costs, less expensive than all other major cities.
Feel at Ease: Denver's downtown is a European-like center city that is filled with a mile-long pedestrian promenade, tree-lined streets, flower gardens, parks and outdoor cafes. More than 65,000 people live downtown in a 1.5 mile circle, mostly in lofts that are located above restaurants and shops or in nearby neighborhoods like Uptown, LoDo, RiNo, Riverfront and Highlands. The residents give downtown Denver a 24-hour atmosphere; there are always people on the streets in the areas between the convention center, restaurants and downtown hotels.
MILE HIGH SHOPPING & DINING
Shop 'til you Drop: Denver is the largest shopping center in a 600 mile radius with everything from Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus and H&M to one of the nation's largest independent bookstores - the Tattered Cover. The Cherry Creek Shopping District, just three miles from downtown, has nearly 500 department stores, art galleries, shops and boutiques, all in a deluxe ultra upscale mall or on quiet tree-lined streets. The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian promenade lined with 50,000 flowers that runs for more than a mile through the heart of downtown Denver. Shopping, dining and entertainment can be found everywhere you turn. If you're planning outdoor adventures, you'll also find a vast array of sporting goods stores here.
Denver Dining: Denver has 2,000 restaurants (300 downtown within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center) serving all varieties of cuisine. Area specialties include Southwestern dishes, buffalo, Colorado beef and lamb and fresh produce such as succulent Palisade peaches and sweet Olathe corn. The city is gaining a reputation for its innovative collection of farm-to-table, chef-owned restaurants.
Enjoy a Tall, Frosty One: Denver brews more beer than any other city with 200 different beers brewed in town daily and at the Coors Brewing Company - the largest single brewing site on earth. The world's largest beer festival is held every September, the Great American Beer Festival, with a Guinness World Record 2,800 different beers available for tasting in 2013.
DENVER DAY TRIPS
Wide Open Spaces: Half of Colorado is public land open to all forms of recreation in more than two dozen national parks, monuments and forests.
The Incomparable Rocky Mountain National Park: 412 square miles of waterfalls, lakes and high mountain valleys lie just 70 miles from Denver.
Test Your Luck: The old gold mining towns of Central City and Black Hawk, located just 34 mile west of Denver, have come alive in recent years thanks to casino gambling and Wild West charm. Casinos are open 24 hours and feature roulette, craps, blackjack and betting limits up to $100.
The Best Skiing in the World: Denver owns its own ski area - Winter Park Resort, boasting 350 inches of annual snowfall. Many of Colorado's top ski resorts including Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain and Winter Park, are just a little more than an hour from Denver.
Natural and Manmade Wonders: Garden of the Gods is an unusual geologic formation of brilliant red rocks, located at the base of Pikes Peak an hour from Denver. Royal Gorge, the world's highest suspension bridge, is two hours from the city. You can walk or drive cross the bridge, descend to the bottom of the canyon on the world's steepest incline railroad, take a train through the canyon, or ride down the rapids in a rubber raft.
Road Trip Through the Clouds: Mountain goats are a common sight on the Mount Evans Highway, which climbs to 14,260 feet above sea level, making it the highest paved road in North America.
MILE HIGH SPORTS CAPITAL
A Sports Fan's Dream City: Denver is one of only two cities to offer seven professional sports teams! With 5 sports stadiums, Denver offers MLB baseball with the Colorado Rockies; NFL football with the Denver Broncos; NHL hockey with the Colorado Avalanche; NBA basketball with the Denver Nuggets; MLS with the Colorado Rapids; as well as two professional lacrosse teams.
Hit the Links: Denver has 90 golf courses that remain open all-year long and have been played as often as 30 days in January.
A Two-Wheel Town: Denver boasts 85 miles of bike trails, all part of the largest city park system in the nation. In 2010, Denver launched the nation's first major bicycle sharing program, B-cycle, with 800 shiny red bikes available for sharing at more than 80 stations.