The satellite view shows Denver, officially the City and County of Denver. It is the largest city and the capital of Colorado
situated in the central United States
. Denver lies at the confluence of the Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, east of the Rocky Mountains at the western edge of the Great Plains.
The "Mile High City" lies at an elevation of, you thought as much, 1 mile, or 1,609 m, or also 5,280 feet (but who wants to be a 5,280 Feet High City?).
Colorado State Capitol in Denver, Colorado. The capitol is made from Colorado rose onyx, a type of stone so rare that all known reserves were used in the capitol’s construction. The dome is plated with 24-karat gold leafs.
Photo: Greg O'Beirne
In 1858 gold was discovered in the Rockies, thousands of venturers, merchants, miners, settlers, and prospectors set out for Colorado, and the site of today Denver became a makeshift mining town.
In 1861, Denver became part of the newly established Colorado Territory. Six years later, in 1867 the city became the permanent seat of government Colorado Territory, and on 1 August 1876 Colorado was admitted to the Union as 38th State.
Today Denver has a city population
of about 682,500 inhabitants (in 2015), 2.8 million people live in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area, more than half of the state's population
The city's economy is determined on its geographic position. Denver is the primate city in a radius of more than 500 miles (800 km). The city is a huge transportation hub and a center for distribution of goods and services for Colorado and many neighboring states.
Denver points of interest:
Denver highlights are:
Colorado State Capitol
(Lower Downtown), the oldest and original settlement of the city of Denver.
The Denver Mint
was built in 1897; it is one of the four US mints that produce coins.
Brown Palace Hotel
, the second-oldest operating hotel in Denver, built 1892.
Denver Art Museum
- DAM (www.denverartmuseum.org
), is the largest art museums within a radius of 500 mi. It showcases a collection of American Indian art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and it is home to Linda, the famous hyperrealistic sculpture by Denver artist John DeAndrea.
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
is a French Gothic style cathedral of the Archdiocese of Denver, constructed in the beginnings of the 20th century.
16th Street Mall
, Denver’s must shopping area, dining and entertainment included. The mall houses over 300 stores and over 50 restaurants.
Bronco Buster (Bucking Bronco), the statue by Alexander Phimster Proctor in the Civic Center Park. The Denver Courthouse in the background.
Photo: jpellgen (@1179_jp)
) performs comedies, musicals, and plays; it is home to the World Humor Organization (WHO) and Chicken Lips Entertainment.
The Historic Elitch Theatre
), a theater and workshop production in a historic theater. The venue is often described as "one of the cradles of American drama."
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
) is home to Opera Colorado. The opera is part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex
), one of the largest performing arts venues in the United States, the complex houses also the Buell Theatre and Boettcher Concert Hall, which was the first symphony hall in the US in which the audience surrounds the stage.
The Denver Zoo
), founded in 1896, is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area.
The Denver Botanic Gardens
) showcases North America's most extensive collection of plants from cold temperate climates as well as plants from the Rocky Mountain region.
, a square and park in downtown, surrounded by the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library, the Colorado State Capitol, the City and County Building of Denver, the Colorado History Museum, the Colorado State Judicial Building, and the Denver Mint.
) is a theme park and a family water park in Summer; the amusement park is located in the downtown area.
is a baseball park and home to the Colorado Rockies.
is a football stadium and home field of Denver Broncos.
, is a multi-purpose arena, home to the Denver Nuggets (basketball).
Get fresh in the Rocky Mountains at Loveland Ski Area
, located within the Arapahoe National Forest.
Just zoom in (+) to see Colorado State Capitol
The Map shows a city map of Denver with expressways, main roads, and streets, zoom out to find Denver International Airport
: DEN) located in the northeast of Downtown Denver, in a distance of about 40 km (25 mi) by road (via I-70 E and Peña Boulevard).
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