Denver is best known for its outdoor lifestyle in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, breathtaking culinary arts and a plethora of craft breweries, and an eccentric, inclusive attitude. Here are ten reasons that people love living in Colorado’s capital.
Since Denver boasts a largely diverse selection of industries, its economy is one of its strongest appeals for residents. While its fastest-growing sector is healthcare, Denver’s energy sector is also crucial to the community, including a surge in cleantech industries experiencing fast-paced growth.
Four Beautiful Seasons
Denver’s semi-arid climate means that this city experiences all four seasons with an annual average temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, reaching average highs in the low 90s during summer’s peak and lows in the teens during winter. Denver boasts 300+ days of sunshine, and every season is spectacular for its own special reasons. Denver’s busiest travel seasons coincide with summer and winter for hiking and skiing, respectively.
Year-Round Outdoor Recreation
The Mile High City boasts fun and exciting ways for the whole family to get outdoors all year long. Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains means you’re never far from mountain peak vistas, whether you’re hiking the trails in July or skiing down the powdery slopes in January.
Professional Sports Mecca
Denver boasts six professional sports teams: the Denver Broncos (football), Colorado Avalanche (hockey), Colorado Rockies (baseball), Denver Nuggets (basketball), Colorado Rapids (soccer), and the Colorado Mammoth (lacrosse). The city even boasts a local rugby team, the Denver Barbarians. No matter the season, there is always a team to root for in the Mile High City, and all world-class sporting stadiums are located in Denver!
Active Lifestyle Appeal
Denver’s ample outdoor recreation goes hand-in-hand with its recent ranking among the top 10 cities for an active lifestyle by WalletHub. A number of metrics were used to determine these rankings, including lowest monthly fitness-club fees, access to fitness center virtual classes, and highest numbers of public recreational facilities, including public golf courses, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Whether you’re taking a spin class at Soul Cycle, sipping on freshly squeezed juice at Clean Juice, or working up a sweat on the Lake Mary Loop Trail, it’s easy to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle in Denver.
Thriving Music Scene
Denver’s thriving music scene is versatile and robust. Music venues thrive throughout the city and can be found anywhere from Downtown Denver to RiNo to Santa Fe Art District. Grab drinks at Larimer Lounge before joining the mosh pit at a punk show or sip on something sparkling at the hugely popular Nocturne as a jazz act takes the stage. Of course, you haven’t fully embraced the Denver lifestyle until you have seen a live show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, where world-renowned musicians perform. It rightfully earned a spot in the top 10 live music venues in the country by Rolling Stone and the top 10 best live music venues in the world by Music Gateway.
High-Profile Drinking and Dining
One thing that attracts many people is Denver’s robust culinary catalog and abundance of craft breweries. Denver’s diverse range of eateries offers everything from James Beard Award-Winning Fruition to local favorite deli, bakery, and cocktail/coffee bar, Leven Deli. With nearly 150 breweries, Denver has been dubbed the Napa Valley of beer and boasts a plethora of places to grab a drink and relax with friends or take a craft beer tour to thoroughly sample all the city has to offer. Not to miss award-winning craft breweries include the original Rock Bottom Brewery, Jagged Mountain Brewery, and Great Divide Brewing Company.
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