• Explore the architecture of downtown Denver.
  • Root for the Colorado Rockies (baseball) at Coors Field.
  • Go backpacking or hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Denver Facts

  • Denver records an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year--more than San Diego or Miami Beach.
  • At an elevation of 5,280 feet, Denver is nicknamed the "Mile High City" because it sits exactly one mile above sea level.
  • In Denver, you can attend sporting events for the NFL (Broncos), MLB (Rockies), NHL (Avalanche), and the NBA (Nuggets) all within a three-mile radius!
  • The 13th step of the capital building in Denver is exactly one mile high above sea level.
  • "Beulah red" is the name of the red marble that gives the State Capitol its distinctive color. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble took six years (from 1894 to 1900). All the Beulah red marble in the world went into the Capitol and it cannot be replaced at any price.
  • Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. In 1935, Louis Ballast of Humpty Dumpty Drive-In was awarded the trademark.

Colorado Facts

  • The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland and contains 9,600 miles of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and over 1,000 peaks that are at least two miles high.
  • Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the United States with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
  • The United States has a total of 91 "fourteeners" (mountain peaks over 14,000 feet). Fifty-six of them are in Colorado.
  • Colorado's southwest corner boarders Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah – it's the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.
  • The Colorado Trail is a 500-mile long hiking trail from Durango to Denver, crossing eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas, and five river systems.
  • The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.
  • It was on top of Pikes Peak (another Colorado 14er) in 1893 that Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to "America the Beautiful".
  • Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state in the year 1876. That's 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Highest, Longest, Largest

  • The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel (between Clear Creek and Summit counties) is the highest auto tunnel in the world. The tunnel goes through the Continental Divide at an elevation of 11,000 feet. It is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic can exceed 26,000 vehicles.
  • The highest paved road in North America is the road to Mount Evans (a Colorado 14er) off  I-70 from Idaho Springs. The road climbs up to 14,258 feet above sea level.
  • Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at 10,430 feet above sea level.
  • The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. It spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.
  • Colfax Avenue that runs through Downtown Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
  • Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
  • Every year Denver hosts the world's largest indoor rodeo, the National Western Stock Show.
  • The world's largest flat-top mountain can be found in Grand Mesa.
  • The world's largest natural hot springs pool is located in Glenwood Springs, running two city blocks long.