Colorado's capital and most populous city is a vibrant metropolitan area. Its location 15 miles east of the Front Range gives it a semi-arid, high-desert climate, with four distinct seasons. "The Mile High City" — with an official elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level — sits in a "bowl" and is therefore often protected from harsh, strong winds off the mountains.
Denver has over 200 parks and is known for being environmentally conscious. There are several light rail lines and other public transportation options throughout the city, and organic, sustainable restaurants and green hotels have grown in popularity. Its residents are known for being outdoor-oriented, active people — undoubtedly fostered by the proximity of the mountains.
Culturally, Denver has a lot to offer: There are numerous nationally recognized museums, and the music scene is thriving. The city is one of only three in the U.S. that has a team representing all eight of the major sports leagues in the country.