Photos: High times in Denver

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  1. Fronting the Front Range

    Denver lies at the base of the Rocky Mountains and is a commercial hub for the Mountain States. Its elevation is officially 5,280 feet. (Stan Obert / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A full Platte

    Park goers watch from the banks of the Platte River at Denver's Confluence Park as a couple of kayakers make their way through the white water. Denver has more than 200 parks, rivers and trail areas, public golf courses and recreation centers. (Ed Andrieski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cleaning up town

    Phoebe and Joel Mackler are dwarfed by the size of a sculpture of a broom and dustpan at the Denver Art Museum in downtown Denver. Admission to the art musem is free on the first Saturday of every month. (Ed Andrieski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Peak-a-boo!

    The sun breaks through the clouds to highlight the summit of Pikes Peak as seen from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Ed Andrieski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Dome of the Rockies

    The Colorado State Capitol Building is located downtown at the east end of Civic Center Park. The 15th step on the west side of the building is exactly 1 mile above sea level. (Stan Obert / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Red Rocks and rock concerts

    Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a 9,000-seat arena that has been carved out of the local sandstone rock formations. Located 12 miles west of Denver, the venue has hosted everyone from the Beatles to top symphony orchestras. (Ron Ruhoff / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Downtown shopping

    Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall has nearly 50 shops and restaurants. Located downtown near the Colorado Convention Center, the lively shopping center hosts a number of concerts and festivals. (Stan Obert / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. High ball

    Coors Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, has 50,000 seats, most with great views of Denver and the mountains. (Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Belles of the mountains

    The Maroon Bells, a range of snowcapped peaks near Aspen, is one of the most photographed spots in Colorado. (Stan Obert / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The cowboy way

    Paul Stewart founded the Black American West Museum, which tells the story of African-American cowboys. (David Falconer / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. It's the water

    The Downtown Aquarium immerses visitors on two journeys, one from the Continental Divide in Colorado to Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the other from an Indonesian rain forest to the Pacific Ocean. (Randy Brown / Denver Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 4/9/2008 6:16:12 PM ET 2008-04-09T22:16:12
CYBERTRIPS

The next time you're thinking of an urban getaway, turn on your computer and see what the Internet can tell you about Denver. It's a lot more than just a place to pass through on your way to a ski resort in the Rockies.

For a little cultural variety against the mountain backdrop, there's an exhibition on Impressionist art at the Denver Art Museum  scheduled through May 25. For works more closely connected to the region, click on "Explore Art" to get acquainted with the museum's collections on American Indian, pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and Western American art.

The museum is part of Denver's Civil Center Cultural Complex, close to the state Capitol and the state provides information on tours of the domed edifice plus photo tours for a preview.

Northwest of the cultural complex, between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, there's an area called LoDo for the Lower Downtown historic district, an area of restaurants, shops and businesses. Slide your cursor over "About LoDo" to open the menu of sections on tours (walking and virtual), a map and directions, events, and "LoDo 411" with directories of attractions, galleries, shops and restaurants.

LoDo isn't the whole thing. Downtown Denver is your guide for shopping and entertainment in other parts of the area. There's even a "Kids' Stuff" section, in case you're taking the whole family, with links to the Denver Zoo, Downtown Aquarium, Children's Museum and even the Firefighters Museum. For other fun, "Sports Schedules" has links to the local teams.

Try some of the great outdoors that Denver residents enjoy in and around the city. Go to the Denver visitors bureau click on "What To Do" and type "parks" into the search box. There are links to the Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve and the Butterfly Pavilion, the nearby Cave of the Winds, the Garden of the Gods, cliff dwellings and gardens, and amusement parks. Some are a bit of a trek outside the city limits, like Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, about 90 miles away. That search also gets you a link to the Colorado State Parks system.

Of course, you don't have to run around outside. That "What To Do" page also has links to still more shopping and more arts and culture. Try "Like A Local" for restaurant and hiking trail tips, and "Day Trips" for places you can go in your car. And no matter where you are in this Web site, there are links at the top of the page for finding places to stay, dine and relax at night.

Get another view of the area's attractions from Denver.com without having to use a search command. Learn about the old town of Black Hawk, now home of casinos, the shopping on Denver's 16th Street Mall, and the Molly Brown House Museum. And look to the left side of the page for golf courses, festivals and a neighborhood guide.

Give your ears a treat with one of the concerts at Red Rocks the scenic amphitheater just west of the city. Death Cab for Cutie is set for the end of May, with R.E.M on the calendar for the June. Check out "Visiting"; this concert venue even has hiking trails.

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