The Capitol of Denver is the home of the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the governor. In 1867 Denver was elected as capital city of Colorado. The neoclassical State Capitol was completed in 1894. The golden dome was added in 1908.
The Denver Civic Center is a large park-like space between the Capitol and the City and County Building. After the idea of Mayor Speer the Civic Center was designed by Edward H. Bennett in 1919, following the principals of the City Beautiful movement of Chicago architects.
Denver and Denver County was replaced by the Arapahoe County in 1902. After a long reriode of planning, the City and County Building was completed in 1932. The classicist building is the reminiscent of a Greek temple and build on an axis with the Denver Capitol.
Marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2014. Since then Denver has developed ancannabis industry with hemp products. There are guided tours that offer a visit of hemp plantations and smoking pot with lodging in Cannabis friendly hotels. Caution: THC-containing products can be illegal in other federal states!
The city of Boulder is located approximately 40 km to the northwest of Denver, on the rim of the Rocky Mountains. The university town has a beautiful city center, with pedestrian zone and is a good destination for mountain hikes.
The "National Center for Atmospheric Research" was founded in 1960. The building was designed by famous architect I.M. Pei who also built the "Louvre" in Paris. The institute presents an interesting exhibition on the atmosphere.
Welcome to Denver
Denver is the capital of Colorado, with about 600,000 inhabitants and is located on a plain at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Because the city is on an altitude of 1,600 m, the city is also called "Mile High City". Denver is located in a densely populated area with over 2.5 million inhabitants. Because being so close to the Rocky Mountains, Denver has a high quality of life.