The Mile High City gets a little closer with new direct UK flights giving visitors the chance to soak up a wild west boom town with a roaring food and nightlife scene

‘Gold!” went the cry in the summer of 1858 after a party of prospectors rolled into what is now Denver’s Confluence Park and discovered the kind of shiny stuff that makes hearts and bank balances leap. Sadly, there wasn’t enough of it to sustain a gold rush, and bigger deposits had to be drawn from “them thar hills”, such as Pike’s Peak and Leadville. The find did, however, signal the founding of Denver. And while there have been as many ups and downs as there are peaks and valleys in the Colorado Rockies, the city has become a jewel on the edge of the mountains that dominate its western skyline.

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Source: The Guardian

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