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Denver: The Mile High City

How does 300 days of sunshine and breathtaking panoramic mountain views with over 200 named peaks that can easily soar up to 13,000 feet sound? How about a young, vibrant cultural environment with award-winning dining? Denver provides all of these commodities and more year-round, it is a sparkly clean version of New York City where high rise buildings and mountains paint the horizon.

Denver is known as The Mile High City, and this has nothing to do with the fact that it was the first major US city to legalize marijuana. The nickname “Mile High City” is due to its elevation, which is exactly one mile above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States. According to Denverites, because of its altitude the golf balls travel 10% farther and the alcoholic beverages have a bigger kick, but it is also a good idea to drink lots of water in order to avoid dehydration.

DSC_0453Denver is a GLBT and GLBT-family friendly city. In 1990, Denver became one of the first municipalities in the US to adopt anti-discriminatory policies, which included gays and lesbians. OutTraveler voted Denver one of its Top Up-and-Coming Destinations and Denver PrideFest is recognized as one of the top 10 Pride events in the country. Since 1982 the annual Colorado Gay Rodeo has brought in cowboys from around the world, in fact Denver is hosting the 30th annual convention of the International Gay Rodeo Association on November 13th – 16th.

If you plan to participate in the Gay Rodeo, or visit Denver for business or pleasure, the Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown-Convention Center is a home away from home in a very vibrant town, it’s just a half block from the Colorado Convention Center and walking distance of some of the best local attractions.

The Hampton Inn is located within walking distance to many of the city’s landmarks and tourist attractions, including many of Tripadvisor’s Top 20 Things To Do in Denver, such as the famous 16th Street Mall, catch the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field or the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center, or enjoy some local culture at the Denver Art Museum or the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

DSC_0465Each room is equipped with the essentials, plus free high-speed internet access and complimentary Hampton’s free hot breakfast, which is anything but the typical “continental breakfast.” The Hampton’s breakfast includes omelets, waffles, cereals, yogurts, pastries, fruits and different kinds of juices, coffees and teas. If you find yourself running late or eager to get your day started, then simply grab one of the free “Hampton On the Run Breakfast Bags™.”

The 24-hour business center keeps you on top of work, while the fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub keep you in top shape. This newly-built hotel puts you in the middle of the Mile High City action and is ideal for singles, couples, threesomes, families or all of the above.


By Manny Velasquez-Paredes

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