Popularly known as Mile High City, Denver is the capital and largest city in the state of Colorado. On the threshold of the Rocky Mountains, Denver stands tall against the rugged landscape. First founded as a gold rush town in 1858, Denver has seen many changes through the centuries from a desolate mining town to a thriving urban center rich in art and culture. Architectural landmarks like Union Station and Colorado State Capitol tell of the city's rich legacy while contemporary hotspots like the brew pub-friendly 16th Street Mall and upscale-chic LoDo offer a different side to the city. From modern art in Santa Fe to outdoor adventures in the mountains, Denver promises something for every traveler.