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Denver is the capital and most populous city in the state of Colorado. It was founded in 1858 during the Gold Rush near Kansas and was named after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver. The city sits at exactly one mile above sea level and has adopted the nickname ‘The Mile High City’.

Denver’s downtown area is commonly referred as LoDo, the residential area just to the south. LoDo is the original settlement of the city and is a historic district. The area now contains many bars, clubs, shops and art galleries. The city’s most prominent museum is the Denver Art Museum.

Denver has worked hard to maintain its beautiful parks. In 1878 the city was granted land for recreational use. In 1904 Denver underwent a City Beautiful Movement, which improved many of the parks with landscaping and outdoor amphitheatres. City Park is the largest and most visited of them.

Denver also began acquiring land in 1910 for mountain parks. Today, the city park system maintains more than 40,000 acres of mountain land. The most famous is the Red Rocks Park, for being the location the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is famous for hosting many concerts and events.



City Park LoDo Red Rocks Park
Denver Art Museum