Written by: Allison Tibaldi, OffMetro

The pioneer spirit of the West is alive and well in Denver. Tattooed hipsters flock to Colorado’s capital for the very reason their cowboy-hatted great-grandparents once did: there’s a sense that change is possible.

Innovation is everywhere, from its groundbreaking bike share program to its rapidly expanding public transportation network to the leading-edge legalization of marijuana. Despite Denver’s multitude of urban delights, no visit to the Mile High City is complete without exploring the glorious nature at its doorstep. Denver’s privileged geographical position, at the foothills of the Rockies, is manna for bikers, hikers and lovers of the great outdoors.

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