Anyone who’s ever been to Denver knows there isn’t anywhere else quite like it. A unique blend of raw nature and cultural appreciation, a Wild West past and a thoroughly modernized future, Denver has something for everyone. Denver is a city that knows a thing or two about peaks, and it’s been repeatedly voted one of the top places to live.
Here are 10 reasons why from the team at Denver Transmission Repair.
- The Mile High City
Denver is known as “The Mile High City,” and with good reason. While little Leadville has the highest elevation of any city in North America, sitting 16,730 feet above sea level, Denver is “up there” as well. Denver is known as “The Mile High City” and there is indeed a step on the State Capitol Building which measures exactly one mile above sea level.
That said, while Denver is commonly associated with mountains in general and the mighty Rockies in particular, the city itself does not sit in the mountains. That said, you can see at least 200 named peaks from Denver. Included in that number are 32 that stand more than 13,000 feet above sea level.
- When John Met Denver
He may have been born “Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.,” but John Denver will always be associated with the city that gave him his stage name and the state that inspired his biggest song, “Rocky Mountain High.” A love letter to the state’s natural beauty, it was adopted by the State of Colorado as its official state anthem in 2007.
- Mile High Sports
Denver loves its sports, and it is one of only a handful of cities to have teams in each of the Big Four North American Leagues, with the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, and Colorado Avalanche all calling the Mile High City home. What’s more, all four teams call the same area in downtown Denver “home,” with the Pepsi Center, Coors Field, and Mile High Stadium all located within a three-mile radius of one another.
Denver’s thin air makes it a baseball haven, with several home run records set at the Rockies’ home, Coors Field. Mile High Stadium was also home to the longest field goal in NFL history, kicked by Matt Prater (64 yards), as well as one of the second-longest by Jason Elam (63 yards) – both for Denver Broncos, of course! Golfers also enjoy a nice “home field advantage” here, with the ball traveling 10% further than it does elsewhere.
- Sun and Snow
Those outside Denver often see the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, ski resorts, and snowy Denver Broncos games and think that Denver must be a snowbound place. In fact, Denver is one of the sunniest cities in the region.
The city gets more than 300 days of sun per year. What’s more, due to the thinner air at its lofty elevation, the sun feels warmer there as well. That said, coffee is also cooler to boil, doing so at as little as 202 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Denver Education and Culture
Denver ranks favorably in terms of education, with citizens of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro Area being ranked among the Top 20 Most Educated Cities in 2019. That education carries over to a love of culture. Denver and the arts go way back – the city actually staged a production of Macbeth before it had even built a school or hospital. The city supports the arts with a 0.1% sales tax, raises up to $40 million a year for the arts, and distributes that money to some of its 300 arts-related organizations.
The Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre has played host to everyone from the Beatles to U2.
- Denver’s Gold Rush
In 1958, there wasn’t one citizen living in what is today Denver. Three decades later, nearly 200,000 called the place home. A Gold Rush spurred this boom, but while people came for the gold, they stayed for the business opportunities and natural beauty.
- Denver’s National Parks
That natural beauty is reflected in more than 20,000 acres of parkland. These cover more than 200 parks and include some of the state’s 200,000 flowers and 26 formal flower gardens.
- Where the Buffalo Roam
Denver is also home to a migratory herd of buffalo. They populate the area near Genesee Park and can be found near I-70 near the Buffalo Herd Outlook sign.
- Minting and Mining
Every day the Denver Mint churns out around 40 million coins. That’s good for eight billion a year. All of them have a special “D” marking. In addition to the city’s current mint, Denver’s old gold mines, villages, and Victorian homes are still around.
- Denver Is Going Green
Global warming threatens to hit cities hard, especially snowy, sunny cities like Denver. That’s why Denver has recently become a leader in green energy and sustainability. The Colorado Convention Center, for example, has received a Gold certification from the council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Blue Bear Farm, Denver International Airport, and the Denver Zoo have all been recognized for their sustainable green-friendly practices. The zoo’s Elephant Passage, for example, makes use of biomass gasification to convert trash and animal waste into the energy used to power their exhibit.
Denver is a tremendously beautiful and culturally rich city, a true “Rocky Mountain High” worth experiencing for yourself.