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Top Five Reasons to Visit Denver in the Winter

[ 0 ] December 21, 2012 |

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When you tell your friends that you want to travel to Denver during the winter months, they might react as if you’ve lost your mind. “Isn’t that a little cold?” they may ask, as they pack their bags for Miami Beach. And while Denver does have lower winter temperatures than, say, San Diego, that doesn’t mean it’s not an ideal winter vacation spot; in fact, there are so many things to do while you are in Denver during the winter months, that it’s a wonder more people don’t head to the Mile-High City for their winter break.

Need to convince your friends? Consider these five reasons to head to Denver in the winter.

  1. Surprisingly Mild Temperatures

    While Denver’s mountain location might lead you to believe that it’s buried under snow for most of the winter, winters tend to be relatively mild. True, major storms come through and dump several inches (or feet) of the white stuff occasionally, but for the most part, winter highs average in the low to mid 40s, and nighttime temperatures don’t usually go below the teens; however, the storms are usually punctuated by days of mild weather, and during most years, a phenomenon known as “the Chinook” raises temperatures significantly for several days at a time, meaning that you will be comfortable in just a T-shirt or light sweater.

  2. Outdoor Activities

    While the city of Denver might not get as much snow as one would expect, that doesn’t mean winter activities are out of the question; in fact, Denver is the ideal launch pad for exploring Colorado’s winter wonderland. Golden-based Denver Adventures will arrange ski or snowboard adventures for your group that include transportation, or you can drive yourself to resorts like Copper Mountain or Echo Mountain, both within a few hours’ drive, for world-class skiing and snowboarding.

  3. Incredible Arts and Culture

    More than a half million people call Denver home, and as a result, the city offers an arts and culture scene that rivals that of any major city. The Denver Art Museum houses an impressive collection of American art, while the Colorado History Museum provides a glimpse into the Old West. Most major touring productions of Broadway shows make a stop in Denver, thanks to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the second largest complex of its type in the world. The complex hosts dance, theatre and musical performances all winter long, meaning that after a day of enjoying the scenic beauty of the area, you can relax to the sounds of the world’s best performers.

  4. Festivals

    Just because the temperatures drop doesn’t mean the list of things to do drops as well. Denver hosts a number of festivals and events during the winter months, including the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in January and Denver Restaurant Week and Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Party in February. During the holidays, Denver comes alive with events at the Denver Zoo, parades and New Year’s fireworks.

  5. Beer

    Over the last few decades, Denver has become well-known for its beer; specifically the number of microbreweries in the city and surrounding area. What better way to spend a chilly winter day than sampling the offerings of multiple breweries? Start with the Coors Brewery, just outside of the city in Golden, where you can actually taste the Rocky Mountain water used in brewing the beer, and follow that up with a visit to the Great Divide Brewing Company, where you can witness the brewing of handcrafted beers. If you take your microbrews seriously, sign up for one of the several tours of the downtown microbrewery scene, which offer insight into both beer and Denver history.

These are just a few of the reasons that you should consider Denver for your winter vacation destination. Combining the best of outdoor recreation and natural beauty with all of the amenities of a cosmopolitan city, it truly is the ideal spot for a winter getaway.

About the Author: Zoe Nathaniel went to a summer study program in Denver after college and never left. She enjoys spending weekends exploring the LoDo and Cherry Creek Arts Districts, and she considers tea at the Brown Palace to be her guilty pleasure.

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