Thanks to Deborah Park, Associate Director of Communications at the Denver Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, I’m learning some interesting facts about what makes Denver unique. Keep reading to see why you must visit soon!
The weather is great! Denver has 300 days of annual sunshine and receives only 14 inches of precipitation a year—about the same as Los Angeles.
Metro Denver collects more for the arts on a per capita basis than any other city. The seven-county Denver metro area has a self-imposed 10th of a cent sales tax for the arts that raises more than $40 million a year, which is distributed to 300 arts organizations and facilities. Denver has currently added art museums including the Denver Art Museum’s astonishing new Hamilton Building, designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind, and the new Museum of Contemporary Art designed by David Adjaye.
The Denver Performing Arts Complex is huge! Literally. The complex, which is the second largest in the country, covers four square blocks, with 10 theatres seating more than 10,000 people for opera, symphony, ballet, Tony Award-winning theatre and touring Broadway shows.
Denver is near the mountains, not in them. Denver is located on high rolling plains, 12 miles east of the “foothills,” a series of gentle mountains that climb to 11,000 feet. Just beyond is the “Front Range of the Rocky Mountains,” a series of formidable snowcapped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet. Denver might not be in the mountains, but the mountains still dominate the city.
Denver is a city of many colors and cultures. Denver grew by 30 percent in the 1990s – an average of 1,000 new residents a week, every week for 10 years. In this period, the Hispanic population in Colorado increased by 73 percent. Today, 32 percent of the City of Denver is of Hispanic and Latino descent and 11 percent are African American.
Denver’s history is short, but colorful. In 1858, there was not a single person living in the Denver metro area except for some migrating camps of Arapaho and Cheyenne Native Americans. Just 30 years later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000.
Denver loves sports! Denver is one of only two cities (Philadelphia is the other) to have seven professional sports teams.
Denver brews more beer than any other city. The first building in Denver was a saloon, so it’s natural that Denver would become a great beer town. Coors Brewery is the world’s largest. Denver’s Great American Beer Festival is the largest in the nation, with more than 1,900 different beers.
Denver – The Mile High City, really is exactly one mile high. By an amazing stroke of good luck, the 13thth step on the west side of the State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails, since alcoholic drinks pack more of a punch than at sea level.
Denver has the 10th largest downtown in the United States. Unlike some Western cities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown – the 10th largest in the nation.