When you think of the Mile High City, what comes to your mind? For us at Castle Marne, we think of scenic views, high altitude, and rich culture here in Colorado’s capital city. But, how much do you really know about our mountainside town? We’ve compiled a list of nine little-known facts about Denver that you’re sure to find intriguing.
If you wish to learn the unique facts about Denver, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide. We created this helpful travel planner so you spend less time organizing your trip and more time experiencing what our modern city has to offer. You’ll find our top choices for the best things to do in Denver, famous area attractions, and wonderful craft breweries. Our carefully curated guide also features an excellent survey of the luxurious accommodations at Castle Marne!
Check Out These Interesting Facts About Denver
Over the years, our beloved metropolis has grown to become one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States. As we have grown, we never forget about the quirks that make our city so unique. Read over our favorite facts about Denver to find out more about our local culture!
1. A Brief History
Unlike most cities, Denver began as a gold mining town during the Gold Rush. Over the years as the population grew, Montana City, St. Charles, and Auraria were three of the most prominent towns in the Midwest. These three communities came together and assumed the name of Denver. If you wish to find out more about our past, visit the History Colorado Center!
2. Professional Teams
The Mile High City is home to five professional sports teams, including:
- Colorado Avalanche – NHL
- Denver Broncos – NFL
- Colorado Rapids – MLS
- Denver Nuggets – NBA
- Colorado Rockies – MLB
One of the most interesting facts about Denver is that sportscaster Rich Goins, aka “G-Man,” protested a winless streak for the Denver Broncos by camping out on a billboard until they won. For 33 days, he remained there during the 1990 NFL season until the professional team was victorious.
3. Play Ball
Since Denver is located over 5,000 feet above sea level, our unique atmosphere allows baseballs to fly farther than anywhere else in America. In fact, the Colorado Rockies keep their baseballs in humidors to maintain a normal size because batters were gaining an advantage due to the lower air pressure!
4. Your Craft Beer Destination
Denver exports artfully prepared brews and has it down to a science. Our urban city is home to innovative breweries, including Breckenridge, The Great Divide, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Brewery, just to name a few. During your trip, you’ll find no shortage of quality beverages here. If you want to welcome fall in Denver, enjoy the Great American Beer Festival, which is the nation’s premier craft beverage fest held in early October. While you’re sipping on your beer, be careful because the extra altitude causes the effects of alcohol to be much more noticeable.
5. A Roster of Concerts
An impressive roster of musicians hails from Denver, from Top 40 successes like The Fray, OneRepublic, and The Lumineers, to the late John Denver. Now one of the most sought-after destinations to perform, our city offers a variety of spectacular music venues. If you attend a concert, football game, or other entertainment events, ask about our exclusive discount. This special offers you a 15% discount off of a standard rate for the room of your choice, just show us your tickets at check in!
6. No Olympic Games?
Most cities graciously accept an invitation to host the Olympics, but Denver delightfully declined the honor. Concerns over pollution and a population boom led to the city voting against hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics, the only city to turn down a chance to host this esteemed event.
7. Escape the City in Denver
Calling our outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers! When you visit Denver, you’ll be delighted by the many ways you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving. All of the parks combined cover over 20,000 acres of green space. Some of our favorites include Sloan’s Lake Park, the Denver Botanic Gardens, Civic Center Park, and City Park!
8. Beloved Dive Restaurants
Everyone loves a good cheeseburger, but how many people can claim to actually have patented this American staple? No one, except for Denver citizen Louis E. Ballast, owner of the Humpty-Dumpty Barrel Drive-In, who trademarked the cheeseburger in 1935!
9. Where to Fly
The Denver International Airport (DEN) is one of the nation’s busiest airports. It’s also the home to a rotating cast of art exhibitions and several permanent art installations. One of the most noticeable exhibits is the giant blue horse, officially known as “Mustang,” and dubbed as “Blucifer” by locals following rumors that the horse is cursed. With the many facts about Denver, this one might be the most creepy!
Book Your Stay at Castle Marne
The facts about Denver we’ve listed here are just a sample of the excitement that our city holds. Our charming bed and breakfast is located in the heart of the Capitol Hill district, and we offer easy access to exploring the many nature reserves, concert halls, delightful restaurants, and wonderful neighborhoods for yourself. Once you return from your daily adventures, unwind in your intimate guest room for two or in our newly renovated Lodge! Wherever you decide to book your stay with us, you’ll be treated to breakfast each morning, tea in the afternoon, or dinner in the evening. With so many exciting places to visit, why wait any longer to plan your getaway? We look forward to hosting you this year in Denver!