Denver is sports mad—one of only two cities in America with eight professional sports teams.
Set against a backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Colorado capital seamlessly fuses the Old West and urbanisation with a ton of character. Originally three separate towns, Denver was established when American settler, General Larimer bought out the other would-be town fathers with a barrel of whiskey. Fittingly, the city’s first permanent structure was a saloon. From humble beginnings, Denver’s drinking culture has ripened, turning the city into a world acclaimed sud-hub. Boasting more than six dozen breweries, Denver and its surrounds continually rank amongst North America’s top five beer production regions. Discover Colorado’s designated beer precinct, the Denver Beer Triangle. Spanning from Denver to Boulder and Fort Collins, the triangle is renowned as the ‘Napa Valley of Beer’. Enlist on a brewery tour. Opportunities to sample brew abound, with world-famous major players like Coors and Budweiser and innovative local microbreweries all represented. Time your visit to coincide with the Great American Beer Festival. Held annually, the celebration has more beer on tap than any other beer festival in the world. As a general rule of thumb, where there is beer, there is sport… and the rule rings true in Denver. Denver is sports mad—one of only two cities in America with eight professional sports teams. Witness six-time Super Bowl finalists, the Denver Broncos or Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws run on at Sports Authority Field. Take a seat at the Pepsi Center to barrack for NBA stars, the Denver Nuggets and two-time Stanley Cup champions, the Colorado Avalanche. Mix beer and baseball at a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field. Don burgundy and sky blue in support of Major League Soccer founding members, the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City. Or go track side to experience the roar of local NASCAR team, Furniture Row Racing. While beer and sporting cheer attract a lot of interest, its Denver history and heritage as a frontier town that makes the city interesting. Learn about one of the most colourful figures of the Wild West through memorabilia, artifacts and firearms exhibitions at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Visit lower downtown (or as the locals call it, LoDo) to shop and eat among refurbished Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings. Step back in time with an old-fashioned sleigh ride through Two Below Zero park. Or turn your thoughts back to beer, and raise a glass to toast the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition at historical saloons like The Buckhorn Exchange and My Brother’s Bar.