Set against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is an attractive, cosmopolitan and exciting city. It has plenty going on all year round, but especially in the winter when it becomes a mecca for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, who flock to the pristine slopes nearby.
Taking an English course in Denver will give you study and ‘play’ time in equal measure, and if you ever fancy a change from the ski slopes, the city will have lots of other activities to offer too.
Eating and drinking
Denver is a university city, and has such has plenty of student entertainment offerings, and a very cosmopolitan vibe. It has great nightlife, especially in the Lower Downtown area of the city, or ‘LoDo’ as it’s commonly known.
This happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses that now house around 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes.
Larimer Square is also a popular area for hip bars and restaurants.
Denver is full of interesting things for visitors to see and do, including the Coors Brewery Tour, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, the Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo, the US Mint, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Downtown Aquarium, Elitch Gardens Theme Park and the Denver Art Museum.
Anyone who enjoys a spot of shopping will also have plenty to keep them occupied – especially downtown and in the Cheery Creek shopping mall.
Festivals and events
Denver’s calendar is packed year-round with festivals, including the Denver Arts Week, held every November. Also of note are the Denver Beer festival and the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival in the autumn.
Events-wise, Denver’s Performing Arts Complex provides a great venue for concerts and shows. It’s the second-largest such complex in the world, with 10 venues, and such attracts artists and groups from all over the world.
Sports and outdoor activities
Denver is a sport-loving city that has plenty of activities in addition to skiing and snowboarding. If you prefer to watch sport, rather than do it, the good news is that Denver has no less than eight pro sports teams, including the Denver Broncos (football), the Colorado Avalanche (ice hockey) and the Colorado Rockies (baseball), all of which have regular home games to enjoy.
If you have plenty of energy and like lots of sport in your free time, there are all the usual sporting options in Denver, and endless possibilities for biking and hiking in the surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park – most likely at the very start or end of the ski season, though!