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This is the site of the original pioneer camp from when a group of American Indians and settlers struck gold at the foot of the rocky mountains in 1858, word spread and people on the East Coast picked up and moved west. The city has expanded, but this historic neighborhood remains the heart and soul of the Mile High City. You will find numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife venues.
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The U.S. Mint opened in 1863 and its purpose was to transform the Gold Rush’s findings into coinage. Today, the U.S. Mint in Denver can produce up to 50 million coins a day. You can take a free guided tour and learn more about each stage of coin production.
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At Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre you will find excellent views, miles of hiking trails, and cinnamon-hued sandstone cliffs. This park is 700-some acres, allowing you to see the geographic transition between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The Trading Post Trail is a great 1 ½ mile-long hike if you are here for a short time and want to take in some scenery. Also, stop by the visitor center for information on the park's history and trails. The expansive amphitheater is a must-see while visiting too. It’s geographically formed by rocks and has amazing acoustics and an enjoyable atmosphere.
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Brewing since 1873, Coors has become a Colorado institution worth visiting. The home of the beer company is located about 15 miles west of downtown Denver. When visiting you can take a self-guided tour (about 30 minutes long) through its facility, offering you the chance to learn more about Coors’ malting and brewing process. You can get a quick education on how beer is produced and packaged and find out more about the history of the brew. At the end of your tour, you can sample some beer in the tasting room, of course!
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With 24 acres and 50 gardens for visitors to explore, this expansive facility allows people to view a variety of different environments, from a traditional Japanese garden to the South African Plaza blooming with exotic plants. There are also numerous sculptures throughout the grounds.
6. Denver Zoo
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Home to more than 4,000 animals, the 80-acre facility has a number of ways to view their furry, feathered, and reptilian friends. Visit Predator Ridge to see hyenas, lions, and African dogs roam, watch monkeys swing from tree branches at Primate Panorama, or catch a glimpse of colorful critters like frogs and pythons at the Tropical Discovery Center. You can also visit the nursery and take a ride on the zoo’s train and carousel. A lot of people recommend visiting around feeding times so you can hear educational lectures about the different animals!