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About Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Join the Teratology Society in Denver, the Mile High City. Make plans to extend your stay in Denver because there is fun for the whole family! In a little more than an hour, you can hike or fly fish in Rocky Mountain National Park; climb the world's highest railroad to the top of Pikes Peak; explore Old West mountain mining towns; go river rafting down spectacular Clear Creek Canyon or just relax at a variety of international summer resorts like Vail, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek, Keystone and the Broadmoor.

Denver Attractions
Denver has a lot to offer. Below are a few location ideas within a short walk from the hotel. Please check with the concierge on the lobby level for directions, tour schedules, reservations, and additional suggestions.

State Capitol—Home of the Colorado Legislature, our capitol building is one of the key features in the memorable Denver skyline.  The capitol building was built in the 1890’s and in 1908 they used 24 karat gold to plate the dome.  The gold plated dome commemorates Colorado’s Gold Rush days, and the early pioneers and miners who helped build our great state.  The dome towers 180 feet above, and contains stained glass dedicated to the 16 initial founders of the city of Denver.  A round brass cap embedded in the west entrance stairway reads: Elevation 5280 Feet, One Mile High, 5-12-69.

Denver Mint—In 1858, gold was discovered in Colorado and a year later the city of Denver was founded.  In 1863, the US government established a mint facility in Denver.  Today, the US Mint at Denver manufacturers all denominations of circulating coins, coin dies, the Denver “D” portion of the annual uncirculated coin sets and commemorative coins authorized by the US Congress.  It also stores gold and silver bullion.  Denver treasures its historic mint building, which is one of Colorado’s oldest institutions.

16th Street Mall—Located just two blocks from the hotel, the 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall in Denver, Colorado. The mall, 1.25 miles long, runs along 16th Street in downtown Denver, from Wewatta Street to the intersection of 16th Avenue and Broadway. The 16th Street Mall is home to Shopping, Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars.

Denver Pavilions—Denver Pavilions is located on the 16th Street pedestrian mall in the heart of Downtown Denver.  Featuring 40 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues including a movie theater and a bowling alley, this two city blocks, three stories high, open-air mall offers convenient underground parking and is located next to the 16th Street Free Mall shuttle.

Denver Botanic Gardens—A 23-acre urban oasis which is one of the top-ranked botanical gardens in the US and features magnificent plants from all corners of the world.  Denver Botanic Gardens offers spectacular plant displays, unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning and research that helps preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources.  Denver Botanic Gardens has also opened the city’s first publicly accessible green roof, which is the first of its kind on a city-owned building in Denver.

Larimer Square—Larimer Square is located on Larimer Street from 14th to 15th Streets and includes 40 upscale restaurants and shops.  

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park—Located in the heart of Denver for over 125 years, Elitch Gardens is America’s only Downtown Theme and Water Park. The park is open daily during the summer and offers something for everyone with 53 rides and attractions, including 14 pint-sized adventures, thrilling roller coasters, cool water slides, Dive-In Movies, free concerts, and stunning fireworks extravaganzas.

Confluence Park—Ride the man-made kayak chutes in Confluence Park, just minutes from Downtown. Confluence Kayaks, Denver's ultimate paddling shop, offers kayaking adventures on the whitewater chutes, including lessons, rentals, retail sales, pro outfitting and more.

Denver Zoo— This amazing zoo is home to nearly 4,000 creatures, including several that are close to being extinct in the wild. See animals in their naturalistic habitats, and enjoy shows and feeding times. In June the Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am–6:00 pm.

Denver Aquarium— With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits and shopping, Denver Aquarium has it all! From In the Desert to Under the Sea, go exploring in this world of extraordinary habitats and their rare animals. Enjoy special activities on Friday Family Fun Nights, 5pm until Close.

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Denver Fun Facts

  1. Denver records an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year--more than San Diego or Miami Beach.
  2. The 13th step of the capital building in Denver is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level, giving Denver its nickname of "Mile High City."
  3. Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. In 1935, Louis Ballast of Humpty Dumpty Drive-In was awarded the trademark.
  4. Local boosters named the frontier mining camp on the South Platte River "Denver" after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver in hopes of gaining political favor. Unfortunately, Denver had retired by the time they named the town.
  5. In Denver's rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther than they would at sea level.
  6. The Denver mint is the single largest producer of coins in the world. You can tell if a coin is made in Denver by a D mark.
  7. There were originally three separate towns, with three separate names, where Denver now stands.
  8. The first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.
  9. Denver has a population of 682,545 while there are nearly 3 million people in the metro area. The region's population grew 13.8 percent between 2010 and 2015.
  10. The iconic Blue Mustang sculpture, near the main road into airport, is rumored to be cursed. Its sculptor, Luis Jimenez, died in a freak accident while creating it when a piece of the 9000 pound sculpture fell on his leg and severed an artery. The stallion is now known as the “Devil Horse” and “Blucifer.”
  11. The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland, containing 9,600 miles (15,449 km) of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and more than 1,000 peaks two miles (3,218 km) high.

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