The Indians warned settlers not to build where Denver sits today, but they didn’t listen, and in the early years it was destroyed twice by fire and once by a flood. Denver didn’t have a road, railroad, or a navigable body of water when it was founded, but they did discover gold in 1858, and that was reason enough to build a few towns. It started out as three separate towns with separate names, and in 1859 they became one in return for a barrel of whiskey. So, it should be no surprise that the first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.
Today Denver is one of only two cities with eight professional sports teams. Add to that art and culture, shopping, great food, and you have the perfect base for a great weekend travel adventure.
Melissa’s Top Picks:
• 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver is delightful. On a nice day, this outdoor mall offers great shopping and plenty of good restaurants. The Brown Palace Hotel is a few blocks away and is famous for its high tea. If you’re there on a rainy or snowy day, head to the Cherry Creek Mall – it’s fabulous!
• Georgetown was founded in 1859 as a gold-mining camp and is a perfect day trip. This Victorian village sits in a mountain valley and features 200 restored building from the 1870’s. Main Street is the place to go for shopping and many of the old homes have been turned into Antique stores.
• Pikes Peak Country is 60 miles south of Denver and offers more than 40 attractions, the famous Broadmoor Hotel, and the Garden of the Gods with its 500-foot high red sandstone rock monuments.
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