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Denver is both a city and a county. It’s the biggest city in Colorado and also the capital of the state. Located in a valley that is within a stone’s throw of the Rocky Mountains, downtown Denver is exactly one mile in elevation of above seal level. This makes it one of the highest cities in the United States and a popular site for athletes who want to push their respiratory training to the next level. More than six hundred thousand people live in Denver, making it one of the top 25 cities in the United States in terms of population. It is certainly the biggest city for five hundred miles in its locality. While many people may not think of Denver as a tourist location as such, they would be mistaken. This is a gorgeous city with a great deal of nightlife, excitement, and tourism to offer. This is one of the reasons that Babe-Directory.com is proud to serve greater Denver as one of our booking areas. We hope that you’ll come to Denver, enjoy one of our beautiful, professional escorts and the company that she offers, and take her out on the town to see fabulous Denver in all the wonder that it offers visitors. Denver has so much to see and do that we think you will marvel at this great American City. It has a lot of history behind it, too, not to mention plenty of activities that can keep you and your Babe-Directory.com escort busy for the duration of your stay.

Historic Denver Offers Much to Wonder At And Explore

The historic city of mile-high Denver was founded in the mid eighteen hundreds during what was known as the Pike’s Peak Gold rush in the Kansas territory. It was during that summer that prospectors from the surrounding area essentially created Montana City on the South Platte River. This would one day become modern-day Denver, although that settlement was to be abandoned in favor of neighboring areas until eventually it was built back up again.

According to Wikipedia, on November 22, 1858, General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas Territory, placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim on the bluff overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria, and on the site of the existing town of St. Charles. Larimer named the townsite Denver City to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Larimer hoped that the town's name would help make it the county seat of Arapaho County, but unknown to him Governor Denver had already resigned from office. The location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park near downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new emigrants. Denver City was a frontier town, with an economy based on servicing local miners with gambling, saloons, livestock and goods trading. In the early years, land parcels were often traded for grubstakes or gambled away by miners in Auraria. In May 1859, Denver City residents donated 53 lots to the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express in order to secure the region’s first overland wagon route. Offering daily service for "passengers, mail, freight, and gold," the Express reached Denver on a trail that trimmed westward travel time from twelve days to six. In 1863, Western Union furthered Denver’s dominance of the region by choosing the city for its regional terminus.

In the late middle eighteen hundreds, the area became the Colorado Territory. The name Denver City was truncated to Denver, and became the city we know today. The state of Colorado became part of the United States in 1876. According to Wikipedia, “although by the close of the 1860s, Denver residents could look with pride at their success establishing a vibrant supply and service center, the decision to route the nation's first transcontinental railroad through Cheyenne, rather than Denver, threatened the prosperity of the young town. A daunting 100 miles away, citizens mobilized to build a railroad to connect Denver to the transcontinental railroad. Spearheaded by visionary leaders including Territorial Governor John Evans, David Moffat, and Walter Cheesman, fundraising began. Within three days, $300,000 had been raised, and citizens were optimistic. Fundraising stalled before enough was raised, forcing these visionary leaders to take control of the debt-ridden railroad. Despite challenges, on June 24, 1870, citizens cheered as the Denver Pacific completed the link to the transcontinental railroad, ushering in a new age of prosperity for Denver.”

Once it was connected to the United States by the railroad, Denver became a prosperous city. It grew very well and wealthy people from all over the country flocked to it. There was also a great deal of crime associated with the rapid growth of the city and a swelling underclass. This lead to an incredible explosion in corruption. Noted corrupt power-brokers like Soapy Smith worked with the government to rig elections and bring illegal gambling to the area, enforced by violent thugs and gangs. Still, there were high points even during these difficult times, such as when a crash in silver prices brought on a local depression at the end of the eighteen hundreds. By the turn of the century, Denver was overwhelmingly white in racial makeup. It was here that the charity that would one day become the United Way was founded. Interestingly, Denver also hosted Democrat political conventions exactly 100 years apart, in 2008 and 1908. This pretty much cemented the notion of Denver as a world-class city in the minds of people living at the turn of the century. While today, Denver is not as noteworthy as it once might have been, it is still a world-class center of politics, commerce, and a variety of other activities.

Interestingly, while most cities consider it an honor to host the Olympics, when Denver was chosen for the 76 Winter Games, voters there refused to vote for the money necessary to pay for them. The 1976 winter games were moved to Austria. It is extremely rare for a city to reject the Olympics, and apparently Denver’s objection centered mostly on environmental concerns. The geography of the area is interesting. According to Wikipedia, “Denver is located in the center of the Front Range Urban Corridor, between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east. Denver's topography consists of plains in the city center with hilly areas to the north, west and south. According to the United States Census Bureau the city has a total area of 155 square miles (401 km2), of which 153 square miles (396 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (1.1%) is water. The City and County of Denver is surrounded by only three other counties: Adams County to the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east, and Jefferson County to the west. Although Denver's nickname is the ‘Mile-High City’ because its official elevation is one mile above sea level, defined by the elevation of the spot of a benchmark on the steps of the State Capitol building, the elevation of the entire city ranges from 5,130 to 5,690 feet (1,560 to 1,730 m). According to Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and the National Elevation Dataset, the city's elevation is 5,278 feet (1,609 m), which is reflected on various websites such as that of the National Weather Service.”

Exploring Denver, Its Neighborhoods, and Its Attractions

There are nearly 80 designated neighborhoods in the city of Denver. It’s hard to say where some neighborhoods stop and others start, but this is the official count. According to Wikipedia, “he character of the neighborhoods varies significantly from one to another and includes everything from large skyscrapers to houses from the late 19th century to modern, suburban style developments. Generally, the neighborhoods closest to the city center are denser, older and contain more brick building material. Many neighborhoods away from the city center were developed after World War II, and are built with more modern materials and style. Some of the neighborhoods even farther from the city center, or recently redeveloped parcels anywhere in the city have either very suburban characteristics or are new urbanist developments that attempt to recreate the feel of older neighborhoods. Most neighborhoods contain parks or other features that are the focal point for the neighborhood.”

Unlike one of Babe-Directory.com’s other major booking areas, the city of Chicago, Denver residents simply refer to north, south, west, and east in general terms. The city does not really lend itself to being divided up into compass points. Some of the “neighborhoods” in Denver are also cultural rather than strictly geographic, such as Lower Downtown, which is considered very fashionable. There’s also the Union Station area, Uptown, Alamo Placita, the Five Points, and the Golden Triangle.

Denver’s climate, according to Wikipedia, is “semi arid,” and it has “four distinct seasons and receives a modest amount of precipitation spread through the year. Due to its inland location on the High Plains, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver, like all cities along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, is subject to sudden changes in weather. The climate is very sunny, averaging 3,106 hours or 300 days of sunshine a year. July is the warmest month, with a daily average temperature of 74.2 °F (23.4 °C). Summers range from mild to hot with occasional afternoon thunderstorms and high temperatures reaching 90 °F (32 °C) on 38 days annually, and occasionally 100 °F (38 °C). December, the coldest month of the year, has a daily average temperature of 29.9 °F (−1.2 °C). Winters range from mild to occasional bitter cold, with periods of snow and low temperatures alternating with periods of mild weather, the result of chinook winds. In winter, highs can reach up to 65 °F (18 °C), but can also sometimes fall to 0 °F (−18 °C). Snowfall is common throughout the late fall, winter and early spring, averaging 53.5 inches (136 cm) for 1981−2010. The average window for measurable (≥0.1 in or 0.25 cm) snow is October 17 through April 27 although measurable snowfall has fallen in Denver as early as September 4 and as late as June 3. Denver's snow depth is usually shallow, and a strong warming sun due to the high elevation can quickly melt snow cover during the day and Chinook winds bring rapid warm-ups throughout the Winter months. Extremes in temperature range from −29 °F (−34 °C) on January 9, 1875 up to 105 °F (41 °C) as recently as June 25 and 26, 2012. Tornadoes are rare in Denver, though one notable exception was an F3 tornado that struck 4.4 miles south of downtown on June 15, 1988. However, the eastern suburbs of Denver, and the city's east-northeastern extension which is the Denver International Airport, can see a few small tornadoes in the spring and summer months, especially during June in the Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ). The DCVZ, also known as the Denver Cyclone, is a variable vortex of storm-forming air flow usually found north and east of downtown, and which often includes the airport. Heavy weather from the DCVZ can disrupt airport operations.” The upshot of all this technical data is that Denver is one of the coldest in the city, ranking in the top (low?) twenty as of this writing. It is darned cold in Denver, but of course that just makes the city ideal for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. It also means that your Babe-Directory.com escort is just the lovely young lady to help keep you warm as you dash around the city enjoying the sights. She can warm you up with just the right smoldering look, we guarantee. That’s one of the best reasons to book a Babe-Directory.com escort when you head into Denver. Nobody likes to take on the cold alone.

Bustling, Entertaining Denver

Denver’s gross metropolitan product put it in the top 20 of the country in recent memory, just under one hundred sixty billion. According to Wikipedia, “Denver's economy is based partially on its geographic position and its connection to some of the major transportation systems of the country. Because Denver is the largest city within 500 miles (800 km), it has become a natural location for storage and distribution of goods and services to the Mountain States, Southwest states, as well as all western states. Another benefit for distribution is that Denver is nearly equidistant from large cities of the Midwest, such as Chicago and St. Louis and some large cities of the West Coast, such as Los Angeles and San Diego. Over the years, the city has been home to other large corporations in the central United States, making Denver a key trade point for the country. Several well-known companies originated in or have relocated to Denver. William Ainsworth opened the Denver Instrument Company in 1895 to make analytical balances for gold assayers. Its factory is now in Arvada. AIMCO (NYSE: AIV)—the largest owner and operator of apartment communities in the United States, with approximately 870 communities comprising nearly 136,000 units in 44 states—is headquartered in Denver, employing approximately 3,500 people. Also Samsonite Corp., the world's largest luggage manufacturer, began in Denver in 1910 as Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company, but Samsonite closed its NE Denver factory in 2001, and moved its headquarters to Massachusetts after a change of ownership in 2006. The Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company, founded in Denver in 1911, is now a part of telecommunications giant CenturyLink.”

There are multiple massive companies operating in Denver that contribute to everything happening there economically. These include, both current and former, the Gates Corporation, the Denver Post (owned by MediaNews Group), the Wright and McGill Company (which manufactures fishing tackle), Frontier Airlines, Scott’s Liquid Gold, Centennial, the Shane Company, Ball Corporation, Molson Coors Brewing Company and its subsidiary, Coors, the Newmont Mining Corporation (which is the second largest producer of Gold on the continent), Lockheed Martin Corporation, Kroger, United Airlines, Mapquest (yes, that Mapquest), and Online Trading Academy.

“Geography also allows Denver to have a considerable government presence,” says Wikipedia, “with many federal agencies based or having offices in the Denver area. Along with federal agencies come many companies based on US defense and space projects, and more jobs are brought to the city by virtue of its being the capital of the state of Colorado. The Denver area is home to the former nuclear weapons plant Rocky Flats, the Denver Federal Center, the Denver Mint and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In 2005, a $310.7 million expansion for the Colorado Convention Center was completed, doubling its size. The hope was that the center's expansion would elevate the city to one of the top 10 cities in the nation for holding a convention.”

Also according to Wikipedia, “Denver's position near the mineral-rich Rocky Mountains encouraged mining and energy companies to spring up in the area. In the early days of the city, gold and silver booms and busts played a large role in the economic success of the city. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the energy crisis in America and resulting high oil prices created an energy boom in Denver captured in the soap opera Dynasty. Denver was built up considerably during this time with the construction of many new downtown skyscrapers. When the price of oil dropped from $34 a barrel in 1981 to $9 a barrel in 1986, the Denver economy dropped with it, leaving almost 15,000 oil industry workers in the area unemployed (including former mayor and current governor John Hickenlooper, a former geologist), and the highest office vacancy rate in the nation (30%). Since then, the industry has recovered and there remain 700 employed petroleum engineers in the region. Advances is hydraulic fracturing has made the DJ Basin of Colorado into an accessible and lucrative oil play. Energy and mining are still important in Denver's economy today, with companies such as EnCana, Halliburton, Smith International, Rio Tinto Group, Newmont Mining, Noble Energy, and Anadarko. The first Chipotle Mexican Grill near the campus of the University of Denver. Denver has also enjoyed success as a pioneer in the fast casual restaurant industry, with many popular national chain restaurants founded and based in Denver. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quizno's, and Smashburger were founded and headquartered in Denver. Qdoba Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company, and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard originated in Denver, but have moved their headquarters to the nearby suburbs of Wheat Ridge, Broomfield, and Golden.” As a result of all this commerce, Denver was ranked in the top ten on Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list.

Entertainment and Culture in Historic Denver

If you enjoy going to museums, enjoying music, or just doing things outside, there are plenty of things for you to see and do in Denver. Any of these would be a great place for you and your Babe-Directory.com escort to step out in style. These include the Denver Art Museum, the Performing Arts Center, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Mart (where they hold an annual mineral show), and History Colorado Center. There is also the Sante Fe Arts District. There is a great deal of music to enjoy in Denver, too. According to Wikipedia, “While Denver may not be as recognized for historical musical prominence as some other American cities, it still manages to have a very active pop, jazz, jam, folk, and classical music scene, which has nurtured several artists and genres to regional, national, and even international attention. Of particular note is Denver's importance in the folk scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Well-known folk artists such as Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and John Denver lived in Denver at various points during this time, and performed at local clubs.[88] Also, three members of the widely popular group Earth, Wind, and Fire are from Denver. More recent Denver-based artists include The Lumineers, Air Dubai, The Fray, Flobots, Cephalic Carnage, Axe Murder Boyz, Deuce Mob, and Five Iron Frenzy. Because of its proximity to the mountains, and generally sunny weather, Denver has gained a reputation as being a very active, outdoor oriented city. Many Denver residents spend the weekends in the mountains; either skiing in the winter or hiking, climbing, kayaking and camping in the summer. Additionally, Denver and the surrounding cities of the Front Range are home to a large number of local and national breweries. Many restaurants in the region have on-site breweries, and some of the larger brewers, including Coors and the New Belgium Brewing Company, offer tours. The city also welcomes visitors from around the world when it hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival each fall.”

At one time, the city of Denver was a trading hub for livestock. Cattlemen would bring their herds into the city and sell them. While that has waned over the years, there are livestock shows every year that acknowledge this part of Denver’s history. There are also a number of celebrations that celebrate the area’s link to Mexico and the southwest, including El Grito de la Independencia, Cinco De Mayo, a Lowrider show that celebrates traditionally Hispanic-oriented automobile culture, and Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, which is an art show. You can take these in at Denver’s Highland area.

Do you remember that salsa commercial in which the horrified cowboys discover that the salsa they are eating was made in New York City? Well, Denver is known both for Chili and New Mexican food. These include, according to Wikipedia, the “Green and Red Chile sauce, Colorado Burrito, Southwest (Denver) Omelette, Breakfast Burrito, Chiles rellenos, and Tamales most notably. Denver has a very large population of Mexican Americans (one of the country's largest), and is famous for many other southwest cuisine dishes as well. Denver is also well known for other types of food such as, Rocky Mountain oysters, Rainbow trout, and the Denver sandwich.”

If you like sports, there is plenty to be had in Denver. According to Wikipedia, “Denver is home to a variety of sports teams and is one of the U.S. cities with teams from four major sports (the Denver metro area is the smallest metropolitan area to have a team in all four major sports). The Denver Broncos of the National Football League have drawn crowds of over 70,000 since their American Football League origins in the early 1960s, and continue to draw fans today to their current home Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos have a sold out every home game (except for strike-replacement games) since 1970. They are the current American Football Conference champions, but lost Super Bowl XLVIII to the Seattle Seahawks. In total, the Broncos have advanced to the Super Bowl seven times and won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999. In the 1980s and 90s, one of the top priorities of former Mayor Federico Peña was bringing major league baseball to the city,[citation needed] an effort which culminated in the creation of the Colorado Rockies as an expansion franchise in 1993 and the opening of Coors Field in 1995. The Rockies advanced to the playoffs that year, but were eliminated in the first round. In 2007, their late-season winning streak saw them advance to the playoffs as a wild-card entrant, win the NL Championship Series, and bring the World Series to Denver for the first time; this is where they were swept in four games by the Boston Red Sox.”

The Denver area also boasts the Colorado Avalanche for the National Hockey League. This is a team that was once based in Quebec. The team has one a couple of Stanley Cups, in fact. If you like the National Basketball League, Denver has the Nuggets. And if you like Major League Soccer, there is always the Colorado Rapids. Other major sports teams include the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rapids.

If you enjoy engaging in your own sports, or you just like hiking and enjoying the outdoors, there is plenty of park space to enjoy in Denver. A former Mayor from the 1900s, Robert Speer, made it his mission to expand and improve the city’s park spaces, and he brought in landscaping experts to do just that. Some of the parks that improved as a result were Washington Park, City Park, and Cheesman Park. Greenery is fed by the South Platte River, or it was when the parks were initially irrigated. “In addition to the parks within Denver itself,” says Wikipedia, “the city acquired land for mountain parks starting in the 1911s. Over the years, Denver has acquired, built and maintained approximately 14,000 acres (57 km2) of mountain parks, including Red Rocks Park, which is known for its scenery and musical history revolving around the unique Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Denver also owns the mountain on which the Winter Park Resort ski area is operated in Grand County, 67 miles (110 km) west of Denver. City parks are important places for both Denverites and visitors, inciting controversy with every change. Denver continues to grow its park system with the development of many new parks along the Platte River through the city, and with Central Park and Bluff Lake Nature Center in the Stapleton neighborhood redevelopment. All of these parks are important gathering places for residents and allow what was once a dry plain to be lush, active, and green. Denver is also home to a large network of public community gardens, most of which are managed by Denver Urban Gardens, a non-profit organization. Genesee Park is the largest of the Denver Mountain Parks.”

Denver is very friendly toward those who bicycle or who hike on foot, and there are a number of trails available for you and your Babe-Directory.com escort to enjoy while you are exploring the city. One of Denver’s claims to fame is not only its environmentalism and the spirit with which this is applied to public works, but also outreach when it comes to homeless persons. The city has a much lower homeless population than is typically found in urban areas of this size, owing to how cold Denver gets in the winter. Homeless populations tend to move to areas where the winters are a bit more temperate.

Another notable fact about Denver that has been the subject of a great deal of national news coverage is the fact that marijuana is essentially legal there. If you are an adult who is 21 years or older, you can basically have up to an ounce of marijuana for your private use and it is not considered a serious fine. Those cities that have taken steps to legalize (or more accurately to decriminalize) the possession of marijuana and start taxing the sale and use of the drug have seen a cash windfall, with some areas reporting massive increases in revenue. Some estimates say that the city of Colorado benefited from a massive sixty million dollars in tax revenue when the state took steps to further decriminalize the possession and sale of marijuana for private use.

There is a lot of media and entertainment to be had in the Denver area. These include, according to Wikipedia, KETD, channel 53, is a Christian station owned by the LeSea Broadcasting group; KCEC-TV, channel 50, is the Univision affiliate; KPJR-TV, channel 38, is a Trinity Broadcasting Network-owned station; KDEN-TV, channel 25, is a Telemundo-owned station; KBDI-TV, channel 12, is Denver's secondary PBS affiliate; KUSA-TV, channel 9, an NBC affiliate owned by Gannett Company (Gannett also owns KTVD, the My Network TV affiliate on channel 20); KMGH-TV, channel 7, an ABC affiliate; KRMA-TV, channel 6, the flagship outlet of Rocky Mountain PBS, a statewide network of Public Broadcasting Service stations; KCNC-TV, channel 4, a CBS owned and operated station; and KWGN-TV, channel 2, a CW affiliate owned by the Tribune Company of Chicago. Tribune also owns KDVR, the Fox affiliate on channel 31, and KWGN is controlled by KDVR management. KWGN is Colorado's first television station, signing on the air in July 1952. Also according to Wikipedia, Denver is served by over 40 AM and FM radio stations, covering a wide variety of formats and styles. Denver-Boulder radio is the No. 19 market in the United States, according to the Spring 2011 Arbitron ranking (up from No. 20 in Fall 2009).

Getting Around Denver

Denver is laid out in a very reasonable grid orientation that makes use of the standard north, south, west, east compass points. Blocks are easy to identify and everything is logically labeled. An older grid also holds sway downtown, but shouldn’t cause too many difficulties. Because Denver is so friendly to sporting concerns, a lot of streets in the city incorporate designated space for bicycles, and there are hundreds of miles of paved bike paths in Denver’s green spaces and public parks. A lot of Denver’s commuter traffic actually makes use of bicycles as a result, although obviously not on the worst days of Denver’s cold winters. There is even a citywide bicycle-sharing program in which residents of the city can participate, and it has enough capacity for four hundred riders. The city ranks highly with bicycle advocacy groups, and is considered extremely environmentally friendly as a result. The city is also very popular with those who just want to walk or hike.

You can, of course, travel Denver by car. The city has a modern and efficient highway system and a light rail line for those who prefer to commute by train and whose destinations are within the served areas.

According to Wikipedia, “Mass transportation throughout the Denver metropolitan area is managed and coordinated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). RTD currently operates more than 1,000 buses serving over 10,000 bus stops in 38 municipal jurisdictions in eight counties around the Denver and Boulder metropolitan areas. Additionally, RTD operates six light rail lines, the C, D, E, F, W, and H with a total of 34.9 miles (56.2 km) of track, serving 36 stations. FasTracks is a light rail/bus/rail expansion project approved by voters in 2004 which will serve neighboring suburbs and communities. The W line, or West line, opened in April 2013 serving Golden/Federal Center. Currently, RTD is expanding the rail through Aurora along I-225 and building a commuter line along I-70 to connect Downtown with Stapleton and the Denver International Airport. Greyhound Lines, the intercity bus operator, has a major hub in Denver, with routes to New York City, Portland, Reno, Las Vegas, and their headquarters, Dallas. Subsidiary Autobuses Americanos provides service to El Paso. Allied bus operators Black Hills Trailways, and Burlington Trailways provide service to Billings, Omaha, Indianapolis, and Alamosa. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Denver, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicago and Emeryville, California, across the bay from San Francisco. Amtrak Thruway service operated by private bus companies links the Denver station with Rocky Mountain points.”

See Exciting Denver and Join The Mile-High Visitor’s Club

An exciting and very progressive city, Denver has much to offer while you are out on the town with your Babe-Directory.com escort. We hope you will avail yourself of all the unique entertainments that the city has to offer, and that you will explore especially all the great activities there are for active people during the city’s nicer weather. With so much to hike, bike, trek, and explore, and with all the entertainment, music, sports, and culture that await you in Denver, we can’t think you’d ever be bored while visiting Denver. Of course, with a Babe-Directory.com escort on your arm, it would be difficult to be bored in any case. Book your Denver Babe-Directory.com escort today!