Written by Brad Japhe, Forbes

Denver is one of the hippest destinations in the country right now. But how much do you really know about the Mile High City? At the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, there are over 200 named peaks visible from downtown–a panorama that encompasses more than 140 miles. As accessible as all that distant snow (and skiing) may be, the city itself remains largely dry, enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Satisfying its outdoorsy needs are 200 parks surrounding a vibrant and compact central business district. It’s no wonder Denver is consistently ranked as one of the country’s most walkable cities.

Now more than ever before, this inviting landscape is beckoning a bevy of food and beverage luminaries to the Colorado capital. They’re working in concert, lifting Denver’s culinary status to the vaunted heights of its coastal counterparts. Yet its appeal doesn’t just belong to the foodies, hikers, and skiers. Here are eight reasons why everyone ought to book a Denver getaway today.

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