A trip to Denver is a unique experience. Few cities in America provide locals and visitors with a booming metropolis next to one of the most majestic mountain ranges in North America. Open green spaces, beer gardens, professional sports teams, and some of the best skiing in the country all lie within 40 minutes of each other. The Mile High City is an incredible destination for those looking for something new and exciting. Serving as an epicenter of history, business, and entertainment in the Rocky Mountains, there are many facts about Denver that make the city an intriguing destination. With so much to see and do, planning a trip to this beautiful city presents its challenges. Our free Vacation Guide gives you insider recommendations and local tips on the best things to do during your visit to our backyard!
7 Unique Facts About Denver
1. Professional Sports Teams
The Mile High City is home to five professional sports teams, including:
- Colorado Avalanche – National Hockey League
- Denver Broncos – National Football League
- Colorado Rapids – Major League Soccer
- Denver Nuggets – National Basketball Association
- Colorado Rockies – Major League Baseball
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.
2. Let it Fly in the Mile High
The Mile High City gets its nickname from the fact that it sits over 5,000 feet above sea level. This makes the air thinner and allows objects to carry over longer distances. Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies, is one of the easiest ballparks in the country for players to hit home runs. To combat the change in altitude and temperature, the Rockies keep their baseballs in a humidor inside of the stadium. This allows the team to control the humidity of the balls so they don’t dry out, preventing them from becoming lighter.
3. Craft Brew King
Denver is the king of beer. The city brews more beer than any other town in the U.S. It’s home to innovative breweries like Breckenridge, The Great Divide, Wynkoop Brewing Company, and 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. Be careful while sipping on your beer; the altitude causes the effects of alcohol to be much more noticeable.
4. Concerts Galore
An impressive roster of musicians hail 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 15% off of a standard rate for the room of your choice. Just show us your tickets at check-in!
5. Olympic Winner, But Not Champion
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.
6. Bring on the Burger
Ever wondered where the term “cheeseburger” was coined? Louis E. Ballast, the owner of the Humpty-Dumpty Barrel Drive-In, trademarked the name in 1935. You can visit the marker that sits in the spot where the famous restaurant once stood. So, next time you bite into a juicy cheeseburger (and Denver has plenty), you can thank Mr. Ballast for his contribution to the American food scene.
7. Airport or Art Museum?
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 notable exhibits is the giant blue horse, officially known as “Mustang” and dubbed “Blucifer” by locals following rumors that the horse is cursed. Of the many facts about Denver, this one might be the most creepy!
Now that you know these facts about Denver, take a visit and see it all for yourself! There is something exciting to see and do around every corner of our green city. You won’t want to leave! Make it extra special with a stay at Castle Marne. Our uniquely historic inn sits just outside the heart of downtown, making it a fantastic home base for all of your daily adventures!
Our luxurious and comfortable accommodations are well appointed and make you feel like royalty! Whether rent one of our bikes and explore the city, hit some of Denver’s best breweries, or head out for a scenic drive, a trip to the Mile High City is unforgettable.