Nestled up against the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Denver is the perfect destination for anyone who has trouble choosing between big-city and backwoods attractions or thinks a hard day's hell raising is best finished off with high tea at a 19th-century society hotel.
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Horseshoe Black Hawk is conveniently located in the heart of the gaming action in the “Vegas of Colorado.” It features a full range of table games, a poker room, and more than 900 slot machines.
What a base for outdoor adventures! Denver's location at the foot of the Rockies makes it a perfect jumping-off point for world class skiing and snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing and white-water rafting. The city's flat terrain and wide streets also make bicycling an easy and popular choice
Denver is a regional cultural centre, where people from all over the state come to see national touring acts at the massive Performing Arts Complex and at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. There are events in Denver all year round: kicking off the new year in mid-January is the two-week National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, the largest show of its kind in the country. Mexico's independence is celebrated on the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo) with two days of festivities at the 16th St Mall, although September 16th is the Mexican Independence Day.
The first weekend in June, head to the Civic Center Park to see a quarter of a million people of all walks of life at the Capitol Hill People's Fair - a gargantuan arts and crafts gala. The first weekend in July is the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, one of the country's largest arts and crafts shows. Bring a healthy appetite to A Taste of Colorado, a showcase of the region's top restaurant talent, held on Labor Day weekend in September at the Civic Center Park. The Great American Beer Festival takes place in early October, and features brews from around the country. It's one of the city's most popular events, drawing huge crowds.
The first week of November is Denver Arts Week. The city celebrates its kicking arts scene with concerts, art shows, theater, dance and street parties.
Depending on what you're after, Denver is a year-round destination. The winter ski season (roughly November through March) lures snow bunnies from around the globe, while drier times see hikers, bikers and climbers heading up, down and around every bump worth bagging. Naturalists will delight in watching dry and comfy autumn paint the landscape with more rusty lemon-yellows than a junkyard in Detroit. And springtime, while typically windy and wet, sees Colorado's oceans of wildflowers burst into bloom.
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