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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit This Spectacular U.S. City This Winter

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Fun getaways often have travelers thinking they need a passport, but the U.S. is full of gems in our backyard.

Of course, there are iconic cities known worldwide, such as Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, but many American cities are well worth a weekend getaway at the very least.

Denver skyline

There are a variety of ways to travel during wintertime. Naturally, many seek out warm weather and scenic beaches to escape the frigid temperatures.

One U.S. city may surprise you as one of the best for a winter getaway and that is the spectacular capital of Colorado.

Here are 5 reasons you should visit Denver this winter:

Enjoy The Outdoors

You may instantly think of snowcapped mountains when envisioning a trip to Colorado, but Denver boasts of having 300 days of sunshine each year.

Denver may not be the typical winter sun you have considered, as there is no beach or ritzy all-inclusive resort serving Mai Tais at the swim-up bar, but there is plenty to do and see, especially in nature.

While looking out beyond the skyline, you can't help but notice the scenic mountains surrounding the city. Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park is an absolute must, even if you never step foot outside your car.

The scenery is immaculate and you won't find yourself quipping “I thought the Rocky Mountains would be rockier than this.”

Denver makes for an excellent gateway for a ski trip too. The mountainous terrain stretches miles and miles giving skiers plenty of resorts to choose within a two-hour drive.

hiker in mountains near denver

Trendy Neighborhoods

Denver is personified through its many diverse neighborhoods- some quirky, some hip, and some a mix of everything.

Cherry Creek is among the most popular where you can spend hours shopping, but it is also home to Halycon, a cozy spot where visitors can enjoy rooftop skating, hot tubs, warm blankets and hot drinks and eats with awesome views of the city.

Artsy folks may want to hit up Rio North, perfect for selfie-takers to take in impressive street art.

alleyway of street art in denver

No matter your interests, there is an interactive map provided by the VISIT DENVER to help you decide where to go next.

Explore Downtown

Exploring Denver's downtown district is a vast playground of all walks of life. The most cultural area of the city is home to some of the best restaurants, ranging from hole-in-the-walls to fine dining.

Every block has its own unique vibe, and let's just say certain things are legal, not found in all states. Many tourists find themselves wandering the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long promenade in the heart of downtown with free shuttle service.

festive street in downtown denver

Downtown is one of the best areas to hang out for the day, with museums, cool bars, and restaurants. Denver is home to 26 Michelin-starred eateries, including downtown's Tavernetta and La Diabla Pozole & Mezcal.

Attractions For Everyone

Denver welcomes all types of travelers, including family vacations. For wildlife and nature lovers, tourists can pick between the trio of the Downtown Aquarium, Denver Zoo or Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

While not every sports team plays in winter, Denver is home to 4 major sports teams. Right now, you can catch a game for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche in conveniently located arenas downtown.

dinosaur bones in denver museum

Many famous entertainers come through Denver on tour, including many acts stopping at the famous Red Rock Amphitheater.

Perhaps most captivating of all are Denver's museums, ranging from the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the new Museum of Illusions.

One Of Easiest U.S. Cities To Reach

Denver is not exactly a hidden gem, but it's not at the level of iconic destinations either.

Fortunately for travelers, Denver is one of the easiest to reach, with a vast network of flight options.

frontier planes at denver airport

Low-cost carrier Frontier and mega-popular United are both anchored at Denver International Airport (DEN).

Regardless of your budget, you'll reach Denver in no time! Just keep in mind the airport is based far outside the city, so it is a trek to reach the most popular areas.

The rail takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the city, with a one-way ticket costing $10.

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