New arrivals in Denver will discover that, while they might be relocating for work, they'll certainly have plenty of time for leisure. Whether new residents are looking for some retail therapy, dining out or partying the night away, there are plenty of opportunities in Denver.
Denver has a huge outdoor culture thanks to the region’s mild climate. With plenty of national parks and world-class ski resorts, new arrivals to the city will enjoy taking in the beautiful surroundings and spending time in nature.
Shopping in Denver
While most Denverites prefer to spend their money on camping and sports equipment, newcomers looking for opportunities to spend their hard-earned dollars won’t struggle in the Mile High City. Whether one is looking for luxury labels or bargain finds, there's a shopping experience to suit everyone’s requirements in Denver.
For designer names, shoppers can head to the luxury stores at Cherry Creek, while those on a tighter budget are likely to find what they are looking for at Colorado Mills. Larimer Square is also a winner when it comes to Denver's distinct character and flavour. The square is great for shopping, but is also packed with restaurants and bars that are perfect for a post-shopping treat.
Nightlife in Denver
Although Denver isn't famous for the bright lights, the city actually has a great after-hours culture with everything from chic cocktail lounges to trendy craft breweries and unique wineries. Neighbourhoods like Cherry Creek are full of sophisticated partygoers while the Lower Downtown (LoDo) area and South Broadway (SoBo) are more popular with a younger crowd. Unfortunately, thanks to strict noise ordinances, much of the city’s nightlife spots close earlier than most of the revellers would like.
Eating out in Denver
Denver has a lively and thriving dining scene. Each of Denver’s neighbourhoods has its fair share of eateries but the most dynamic restaurant scene can be found in the city centre. Denver’s downtown restaurants take advantage of the Mile High City’s beautiful weather with plenty of al fresco dining options.
New arrivals in Denver can enjoy dining on a wide variety of options, including Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian, French and various African cuisines.
Outdoor activities in Denver
Denver is perfectly located for outdoor enthusiasts and the city boasts an extremely athletic population. With the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east, Denver residents are blessed with access to naturally beautiful landscapes and a whole host of exciting outdoor activities.
First and foremost, Denver is considered a great spot from which to explore the Rockies. From hiking and mountain biking trails to pleasant camping spots, there are plenty of opportunities to spend time in nature. Golf and fishing are also popular activities among Denver’s population. In the winter months, residents head to the slopes to take part in a variety of winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
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