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Road X: Finally, a solution for the I-70 congestion to the mountains

Road X CDOT partnership with Panasonic

Ah, the Rocky Mountains, probably one of the reasons you moved to Denver, love living in Denver or brag about Denver. Those beautiful mountains represent so much recreation year round, that it's hard not to love them. Although getting to them, especially on the weekends, has become a bit of a nightmare. I don't know about you, but every drive on I-70 to the mountains includes at least one conversation about - How are they going to fix the congestion?!?

Well, Road X might be the answer!

Smart freeways and interstates

Building new lanes and infrastructure within the I-70 corridor presents immense challenges and costs. What if adding additional lanes of Highway didn't require new asphalt but required data? Road X represents Colorado's investment in innovative technology that is the future of connected roadways. This concept envisions smart vehicles and infrastructure sharing data about road conditions instantaneously. This data share and intelligent analysis, combined with autonomous vehicles could result in the capacity of I-70 being increased 4X.

 Connected vehicle mandates

New connected vehicle mandates combined with the rapid development of autonomous vehicles means that Colorado could have up 1.2M connected vehicles on the road by 2025. In addition, many companies such as ...

Yes, Denver is this good!

The ultimate guide to what makes Denver so great.

Downtown Denver from Jefferson Park

What’s the deal with Denver? It seems like every week there is an article, post, tweet or broadcast about how great Denver is. Is it that great…..? What does the city offer that has the country buzzing about Denver? As a native of Denver, I have seen the city come of age over the past decade or two. It is certainly not the same city I grew up in and for the most part, it’s much better.

My opinion, the national hype is well justified as this city rules on a number of fronts. I put together this guide to Denver to help clarify what I see as Denver’s strengths. If you are thinking about moving here, I hope this article helps. If you live here I hope this article rings true. Hit me up in the comments if you think I missed something or I’m off base and yes, Denver is this good.

We are extremely lucky to live in a place that has so much to do and with such friendly people to do it with. If you need convincing you have found the right post. I’ll try to narrow it down to the top 14 reasons why you will love moving to Denver. I’m never leaving as it keeps getting better and better every year.

Somewhat less interesting facts about Denver:

  • Population (Denver Metro): 693,060
  • Population (Greater Denver Area): 3 million
  • Unemployment rate in Denver: 7%
  • Median Home Price (Denver County): $362,800
  • Median Household Income: $53,637
  • Average Commute Time: 26 minutes

1.) Denver Has Amazing Views

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Top 3 Museums in Denver

Top Museums in DenverDenver might be best known as a sports town or as a gateway to some of the world’s best skiing and hiking destinations, but it also has a thriving cultural scene that shouldn’t be overlooked. Fun, unique, and convenient museums are scattered out all over the Denver Metro area.

Whether you want to explore science, art, history, culture, or something more, there will be an excellent learning destination for you somewhere in the Mile High City.

Check out our list of the top 3 museums in Denver and see what memorable cultural adventures await you.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

With a Planetarium and IMAX Theater right on the premises, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers visitors incredible value, diversity, and convenience. Tickets are $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, and $9.95 for students.

This massive museum is one of the largest of its kind in America. It began humbly at the beginning of the 20th century, but has expanded to include an impressive list of exhibits and features that undeniably make it one of the top museums in Denver. There’s always plenty to see and learn about at DMNS -- dinosaurs, space exploration, biology, and much more. The interactive exhibits are great at giving kids and adults a hands-on education on some of the most interesting topics in science and nature.

Denver Art Museum

Many people want to go to museums specifically to marvel at great art. If that’s your top priority, the Denver Art Museum should be your destination of choice. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, even the building itself is considered a work of art.

A day at the Denver Art Museum open your eyes to a range of classic...

Top 10 Breweries in Denver

Top breweries in DenverDenver is undeniably one of the beer capitals of the world. The city already boasts one of the highest rates of microbreweries and breweries per capita, and it seems like dozens of excellent new watering holes are opening every year.

Whether it’s ales, lagers, pilsners, porters, or IPAs you’re after, the Mile High City is sure to have multiple breweries or tap houses pouring your craft beer of choice.

Have you worked up a thirst yet? Here are our rankings for the top 10 breweries in Denver:

Call to Arms Brewing Company

My absolute favorite in the city. Denver’s beer community had high expectations for Call to Arms Brewing Company, and so far those expectations have been exceeded. Consistently high-quality craft beer options across a broad range of styles. The Amigos Borrachos is my favorite.

Little Machine Beer

This Jefferson Park brewery instantly became a favorite watering hole for beer enthusiasts across the city when it opened. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located right next to Sports Authority Field, but Little Machine Beer offers some amazing craft brews (the winter lager is a popular choice) that keep people coming back even when it’s not a Broncos game day.

Ratio

RiNo is a beer destination neighborhood, and Ratio, located at 2920 Larimer St., is one of the breweries that have helped cement that reputation. Fun events, relaxed atmosphere, and absolutely killer beer options combine to make it easily one of the top breweries in the city. Local hop experts will tell you that Ratio’s top of the line, twenty barrel brewing system gives it a leg up on the competition.

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The Top Apartment Buildings in Denver

Best Apartments in DenverFinding the right apartment rental in Denver seems to get harder and harder with each passing month.

As metro area home prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, many potential buyers are content to stay out of the market, pick a rental, and wait for things to settle down. With no end in sight, the demand for rentals is becoming a problem city-wide.

Getting a spot in one of Denver’s top apartment buildings has probably never been tougher, but that makes it all the more important that you go into your search prepared. To get started, you need a clear set of wants and needs and a short list of rental companies to contact.

You’ll have to decide your top priorities for yourself, but we can provide you with a list of the top local apartment complexes based on some common priorities for renters in Denver.

Here’s our list of the top apartment buildings in Denver, according to best view, best amenities, and best deals.

Denver Apartments with the Best View

Denver offers a mixture of breathtaking natural surrounding landscape and exciting man-made urban cityscape. Some of the city’s best apartments offer stunning views of one or both of these elements.

Which apartment complex has the best overall view is a pretty subjective thing, but there’s little doubt that Platform At Union Station should at least be near the top of anyone’s list. Check out the exterior views of this stunning high-rise in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood, right next to one of the city’s best landmarks -- Union Station.

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Top 10 Activities in Denver

Denver Union StationDenver is a vibrant city with no shortage of activities to intrigue, indulge, or entertain. From the cultural wonders of its excellent museums to the thrilling adventures of its natural landscape, you can find whatever you’re looking for in the Mile High City.

Here’s our list of the top 10 activities in Denver.

10. Hear the Colorado Symphony

Boettcher Concert Hall, home to The Colorado Symphony, is located in the Denver Performing Arts Center. The city’s professional symphony orchestra delights audiences year-round with a diverse lineup of solo performances, symphonies, concert series, educational programs, and community outreach events.

9. Tour the Wynkoop Brewery

The Wynkoop Brewing Company has the stated mission of bringing the community together through excellent beer and food. Denver, in general, is becoming more and more known for its incredible craft beer selection. Wynkoop remains one of the standard setters. Learn a little bit about the art of brewing beer and enjoy some samples.

8. Visit the Denver Mint

Tours of the Denver Mint offer fascinating insight into the history of U.S. currency and the process of how we produce the money we use every day. Each tour is geared toward educating and entertaining people of all ages on an interesting topic that’s often taken for granted.

7. Visit the Denver Art Museum

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Top 4 Mountain Bike Trails Within 45 Minutes of Denver

Denver's Top Mountain BikingProbably no other metro area in the United States offers as much access to world-class mountain biking as Denver. It’s truly one of the things that puts this city in a class of its own when it comes to inspiring and exciting outdoors enthusiasts.

There are well over 1,000 rides and trails within easy driving distance from the Mile High City. While each has its own memorable experience to offer, you probably don't have the time to ride them all.

Try the best first. Here are the top 4 mountain bike trails within 45 minutes of Denver.

Apex Park

It doesn’t get much more convenient than this for city-dwelling mountain bikers. The Apex Park tour is a short jaunt down I-70, south of Golden, just minutes away from the city center.

The eight-mile trail begins with a steep climb that finally reaches its peak (1,700 feet higher than you started) at mile five. Over the last three miles of the journey, you descend out into the wide-open country with stunning views of Denver.

Check the MTB Project page for the Apex Park tour for more information about ride times and trail features.

Lair O’ the Bear Park, a personal favorite 

It may begin with a peaceful pedal alongside the fly fishing waters of Bear Creek, but the Lair O’ the Bear Park trail will soon snap you out of your Rocky Mountain wonder. Just after the first mile of the 12-mile trek, you’ll hang a sharp left and start a steep climb. Technical challenges and...

Top Things to do with Kids in Denver

What to do with kids in DenverRunning out of things to do with your kids? After months of summer vacation, it’s understandable if you feel like you’ve seen and done every kid-friendly activity the Mile High City has to offer. We’re here to help.

 Here’s our list of the of the top things to do with kids in Denver. Check out these entertaining and educational spots around town the next time you need to plan a Saturday afternoon that will keep the entire family happy.

 Top Things to do with Kids in Denver

  1.  The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

    The DMNS aims to inspire people of all ages through the wonder of scientific discovery. There’s a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and enough exhibits to keep the kids interested and engaged for an entire day. The Discovery Zone is especially geared toward the museum’s younger visitors. Visit http://www.dmns.org/ for more information.

  2.  Downtown Aquarium

    Denver’s public aquarium features exhibits that highlight some of the most fascinating underwater ecosystems in the world’s oceans. There’s something for everyone in the family at Downtown Aquarium -- a 4-D theater experience, a carousel, the Nautilus Ballroom, the Aquarium Restaurant, shopping, and more! Find more info at Denver Aquarium

  3. Denver Zoo

    Ride the zoo train, feed the giraffes, and let your little ones learn fascinating wildlife facts in the...