Denver, the Queen City
of the Plains, is the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This bustling city has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere. The past and the present exists together blissfully in this city. From skiing lovers to bikers and hikers, from cowboys to city dwellers, from live music and vibrant nightlife
to diverse art and cultural scene, from historic architecture to modern buildings, this city has it all!
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History of Denver
Denver was constructed on the fortunes of gold and the railroads. A noteworthy gold discovery was made at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in 1858, which attracted many to the banks of the South Platte River. In 1859, the ‘Pikes Peak or Bust gold rush’ was in full swing, and amid this period, General William Larimer
established a city and, in order to obtain political support, named the city after Kansas governor James Denver. In 1867, Denver became the capital of Colorado. In 1870, railroad started in Denver, and since then the city has been flourishing. The city indulged in the gold and silver rush in the late 1880s, which resulted in increase in population. Thereafter, it turned into a significant industrial hub and traffic center.
When the first skyscraper was built in 1953 in Denver, the city transformed from the cow town to the lively and active modern city. In 1994, the new airport was established which marked a new phase for the tourist and business trade. The gold discovery in the mountains made this city a boomtown, and this wealth from mountains was used into building of statues, beautiful mansions, parks, tree-lined streets and other world-class attractions. It turned into the modern city in a thousand mile radius- the Mile-High City!
Important Locations in Denver
Denver is home to some of the world-class attractions, from museums to galleries and parks. If you’re looking for a great mountain experience, go to the Mount Evans, or if you’re a nature lover, explore the Museum of Nature and Science or the Denver Zoo. To experience the old-world Denver, head over to the Larimer Square. The city has a plenty of spots to see! We have listed some of the important locations in Denver below:
Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature and Science have exhibits that take you on a journey from Ice Age animals, dinosaurs to the modern day. Explore the Nature & Science here
Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the largest botanical gardens in the US focusing on native plants and environment. You can get more details here
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Kirkland Museum features a great decorative art collection from 1880 to 1980. Want to know more? Click Here
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum features Asian, African, Oceania, American and European works of art. Explore the modern art collection here
Experience the American sports at the Coors Field
. It is the home of the Colorado Rockies baseball club.
The Denver Zoo has more than 350 different. The zoo has several exhibits, such as predator ridge, primate panorama and tropical discovery. Explore Denver Zoo
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water ParkElitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
is the largest amusement park in Colorado. Enjoy the rides and water park at this theme park.
The Larimer Square is the first historic district in Denver. It features well restored structures of the Civil War period. Find more about the Larimer Square
History Colorado Center
The History Colorado Center has exhibits that showcase the Colorado history. Explore Colorado history here
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a naturally formed amphitheatre, which hosts many musical performances. You can get more details here
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People and Culture of Denver
Denver is an elegant city brimming with varied cultures. The number of people living is this beautiful city has grown considerably. The most prevalent ethnicity of people living in this city are African American, Native American, Caucasian, Asian and Hispanic. The city is culturally diverse with lots to offer, from food from different parts of the world to varied shopping opportunities and festivals.
Also, the city is one of the most educated cities in the US with more than 90 percent of its residents with high school diplomas and more than 30 percent with college degrees. The city is regarded as the healthy city as well. It promotes energetic and active way of life.
Some of the famous people who have their roots in Denver are: John Kerry, Kristin Cavallari, Ace Young, Charity Shea, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristen Renton, Tim Allen, AnnaSohpio Robb, David Fincher, John Hall, Alan K. Simpson
, and many more.
Time Zones and Phone Codes of Denver
Denver is in the Mountain Time Zone.Standard time zone:
UTC/GMT- 7 hours (Mountain Standard Time)Daylight saving time:
1Current time zone offset:
UTC/GMT- 6 hours (Mountain Daylight Time, or MDT)
Phone Codes of DenverCountry code:
1 The area code of Denver is:
303 and 720
Best Time to Visit Denver
Denver is situated at the base of Colorado Rocky Mountains and experiences relatively mild climate all round the year. The best time to visit Denver is autumn with pleasant temperature. Spring is also a good time to visit Denver; this season experiences blooming flowers. Summer is the peak tourist time in Denver with cool evenings, and warm and arid afternoons. Winters has snow-capped mountains and is a heaven for skiers.
- High season is from June to August
- Low season is from November to March
- Shoulder season is from April to May, and September to October; the city has comfortable temperature with less tourist and low hotel rates.
The city’s has several festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the popular festivals are:
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pmBusiness offices:
Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pmGovernment offices:
Monday to Friday: 8:00am - 4:30/5:00pmBanks:
Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pmPost office:
Monday to Friday: 7:00am-10:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am-10:30pmDepartment stores:
Opened 6 days a week
Denver General Information Map Guide