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Arvada

Arvada is located northwest of Denver in Jefferson County. Its location makes for an easy commute to Denver or Boulder and a quick drive to the foothills of the mountains. Established in 1870, it was once known as the celery capital of the world and is also the site of the first gold strike in Colorado. Downtown Arvada, also known as “Olde Town” is designated on the National Register of Historic Places.

Outdoor activities abound in the city. The Arvada Parks and Recreation District aims to provide multiple opportunities for its residents to be active and get outdoors. Options include golf, skate parks, disc golf courses, multiple water activities, and equestrian activities, to mention a few.  In addition, the City of Arvada manages a 3,400-acre system of parks, open spaces, and trails. The parks system includes over 90 neighborhood parks. Allowing for at least one park within a ten-minute walk of every residence in the community.

The Arvada Center offers year-round concerts and performances in theater and dance, art exhibits, and classes. Historic Olde Town Arvada has a small town feel with an eclectic mixture of places to eat, shops, and history to enjoy. Click here to see more of what Arvada has to offer.

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Aurora

Aurora is located east of Denver in Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas Counties. It is actually Denver’s largest suburb and the third largest city in Colorado. With panoramic views of the mountains from parts of the city and its close proximity to Denver International Airport, the location is hard to beat.

From its beginnings, the city has always had a large military presence with Army General Hospital (Fitzsimmons Army Hospital), Lowry Air Force Base, and Buckley Field (Buckley Air Force Base). Today only the Buckley Air Force Base remains which is Aurora’s largest employer.

The city of Aurora offers more than 100 parks, with over 6,000 acres of open space. One of the highlights is Cherry Creek State Park. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, snowshoeing, and more. There is even a spot for dogs to roam around off leash in the 107-acre fenced area with water access. In addition to Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora has 3 nature centers to learn about ecosystems, wildlife, conservation, and history with access to the Sand Creek Greenway Trail. Click here for a link to more information on the various parks within the city. For the sports minded the city is home to 6 public golf courses and a massive 220-acres at the Aurora Sports Park used for baseball, softball, soccer, and more.

Aurora is also home to 2 of the top hospitals in the nation: University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Both hospitals are located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus home of 6 health professional schools and research facilities.

The food scene in Aurora is no joke either with over 250 independently owned ethnic restaurants, more than 15 local breweries, wineries, and cidery. The Stanley Marketplace is a fun place to explore over 50 independently owned businesses of restaurants, breweries, wineries, food stands, and shops.

Not to be forgotten is the Aurora Cultural Arts District with the Aurora Fox Theatre & Arts Center located along E Colfax. Don’t miss the public art tour if you are riding the R line. The arts in Aurora celebrate the diverse makeup of the people that live in the community. Sound like a place you would like to live? Click below for a list of available homes in Aurora.

Broomfield

Broomfield is located northwest of Denver in Broomfield County. On November 15, 2001, Broomfield County became the newest and smallest county of Colorado.

Broomfield has 8,361 acres of open space and trails. The trail system continues to grow and is designed to accommodate multiple users connecting neighborhoods, schools, and public facilities. One of the highlights of the Broomfield Trail system is the Ruth Roberts Connector Trail and pedestrian bridge. This trail gives hundreds of homes direct access to Ruth Roberts Open Space. In addition to the trails and open space, Broomfield offers a bike park, a remote control airpark, multiple recreation centers and pools, 3 golf courses, and playgrounds. One of the highlighted areas is the Broomfield County Commons. This 300-acre park is home to the Paul Derda Recreation Center with a climbing wall, aquatic park with slides and a lazy river, and indoor and outdoor play areas, 237 acres of open space, and the 80-acre sports complex.

For all the shoppers there is Flatirons Crossing which has a variety of specialty and big box stores, restaurants, and a theater. The 1stBank Center is a venue for concerts, conventions, community events, and more. Water world, the Butterfly Pavilion, Rock Creek Farms, and Flatirons Vista are all nearby amenities for your enjoyment.

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Commerce City

Commerce City is northeast of downtown Denver in Adams County. Until the late 1920s, the area was primarily used as farmland including wheat fields, pig, and dairy farms. In 1930 an oil refinery was established and in the late 1930s, grain elevators were built. Today the city is a mixture of residential communities and industrial businesses.

In 2007 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was opened and is the home of the Colorado Rapids Soccer. In addition to the soccer complex, the city has 840 acres of open space and parks, 25 miles of trails including the Sand Creek Regional Greenway which starts in Commerce City and ends in Aurora. The Buffalo Run Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship golf course with picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains designed to accommodate golfers of any age and ability. Not to be missed is Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. With 15,000 acres, it is one of the largest nature preserves in the country and is home to more than 330 species of animals including bison, black-footed ferrets, deer, coyotes, bald eagles, and burrowing owls. The refuge offers environmental education, catch-and-release- fishing, hiking trails, site tours, and a self-guided wildlife drive auto tour.

Commuting to and from Commerce City is made easy by its proximity to 6 major highways and numerous RTD bus options.

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Denver

Denver is the capital and most populated city in Colorado. It is located in the South Platte River Valley about 12 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Downtown is east of the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. It is named after James W. Denver and nicknamed the “Mile High City” because it’s official elevation is one mile above sea level.

Rich in history, Denver is home to a number of museums such as the Denver Art Museum, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the History Colorado Center. Rich in the arts, Denver is home to the second largest  Performing Arts Center and  7 Art Districts. Although not in Denver proper, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is part of Denver’ Theatres and Arenas division. It is a world-famous outdoor venue for concerts with natural acoustics and awe-inspiring surroundings. Not to be missed is the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo.

The food scene in Denver continues to impress with award-winning chefs, chef-owned eateries, and locally sourced cuisine. The diversity of restaurants and bars is epic. Click here for a guide to the restaurants of Denver. Home to over 100 breweries and taprooms, Denver is often referred to as “The Napa Valley of Beer”. Want to learn more? Click here for a list of brewery tours you can take.

Although a large metropolitan area, you don’t have to look far for outdoor activities. You can take advantage of the 10 dog parks, 85 miles of Bike Trails, 9 city parks, 30 recreation centers, 7 golf facilities all within the city limits of Denver.

Denver has evolved greatly over the past few years in public transportation. Between bus or light rail, you can get pretty much anywhere within the city and neighboring suburbs with ease. Click here for more information.

If you love music, the Denver music scene will not disappoint. With big venues like the Pepsi Center and Red Rocks and the smaller classic venues like The Bluebird, The Fillmore, and the Gothic, or smaller venues like Ophelias Electric Soapbox or the Soiled Dove, you can almost always find an artist or band to listen to.  Click here for a more complete list of Denver’s music venues.

Within Denver, there are 78 official neighborhoods. Too many to list here but Berkeley, Five Points, Washington Park, Congress Park, Sunnyside, Highland are a few. Some of these neighborhoods are historic and offer a glimpse into the past and some are a mix of old and new. Each has its own character and vibe. Click here for a guide to some of Denver’s Neighborhoods.

With the art and music scene, various sports teams, outdoor activities, available food and drink, Denver is very hard to beat.

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Englewood

Englewood is located south of Denver in the South Platte River Valley In Arapahoe County. The center of the city is located east of the confluence of Little Dry Creek And the South Platte River between Sante Fe Drive and Broadway. A neighborhood of note in Englewood is the Arapahoe Acres neighborhood which is on the National Register of historic places. Built between 1949 to 1957 and located between East Bates and East Dartmouth Avenues and South Marion and South Franklin Streets, the subdivision has 124 completely unique mid-century modern homes. The neighborhood was designed by architects Sternberg and Hawkins and was partly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s style.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the city has 115 acres of parks and open space. Belleview Park is 36 acres of open space that has a playground, picnic pavilions, a dog park, sports fields, trails, and a community garden. Summer activities Englewood Train, Englewood Farm, and Pirate’s Cove Water Park. Not to be missed is the Broken Tree Golf Course, an award-winning 18-hole course.

Englewood has become known for its focus on the arts. The Parks and Recreation Department hosts concerts in the summer at the CityCenter Amphitheater. In the winter and spring, concerts are held in Hampden Hall inside the Englewood Civic Center hosted by Englewood Arts. Not to be missed is the catching a concert at the classic Gothic Theatre. A variety of public art is always on display at the Museum of Outdoors Arts located on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center with additional outdoor statues on display around the center itself. In addition to the display of public art, MOA sponsors a variety of exhibits and performances throughout the year at the Englewood Civic Center and CityCenter Englewood.

Commuting to and from Englewood is made easier by the RTD light-rail lines. The C and D lines drop passengers at CityCenter, where you can catch a train to downtown Denver or head south to Littleton.

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Golden

Golden is located west of Denver in Jefferson County. Founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in 1859, it was originally named Golden City. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized  Colorado Territory in 1862, but in 1876 Denver was named the capital of the newly formed state. Golden has been home to multiple industries such as a paper mill, brick making, coal mining, Coors Brewery, and candy making. Click here to explore more of Golden’s rich history.

Adventurers look no further! Golden has a nationally renowned kayak course, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and hang gliding opportunities. If a lazy river is more your style, grab (or rent) a tube and float down the Clear Creek River or spend a day at The Splash at Fossil Trace. Fancy a round of golf? Fossil Trace Golf Club is known as one of the best golf courses in Denver. While golfing you can see prehistoric fossils and remnants of mining equipment reminding you of the area’s rich history.

The City of Golden is surrounded by almost 8000 acres of open space, with 402 acres maintained by the city and an interconnected 24-mile trail system. Between North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, Green Mountain, Lookout mountain, Matthews/Winters, Mount Galbraith, Windy Saddle, and Apex Park there is something for everyone to get out and enjoy.

Historic Downtown Golden is the center of activity for the city with various shops, restaurants, craft breweries, and community events.

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Lakewood

Lakewood is located 10 minutes west of Denver in Jefferson County. It is a relatively young city having been established in 1969. It’s close proximity to Denver and a short drive to the mountains is a plus for many current and future residents. The RTD light rail system “W Line” has 5 stops in Lakewood making a commute even easier.

For outdoor lovers, Lakewood offers more than 7000 acres of parks, trails, and open space. 2 parks, William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain and Bear Creek Lake Park, have over 2400 acres of open space each. William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain features a network of multi-use trails with the summit of Green Mountain at 6800 feet offering amazing 360 views of Denver and the mountains. Bear Creek Lake Park offers boating, swimming on a BEACH, equestrian trails, hiking trails, fishing, and archery. In addition to these outdoor activities, the city also maintains 4 full-service recreation centers.

Lakewood is also home to various arts and historical attractions. The Lakewood Cultural Center has a 320 seat theater, art exhibits, meeting and event spaces, and art classes. 40 West Arts is a nonprofit, state-certified creative district along the historic West Colfax Corridor. More than 120 business, galleries, restaurants, and bars make up this unique offering of Lakewood. The Lakewood Heritage Center showcases the history of Lakewood. Located in Belmar Park, the museum has historic structures, artifacts, and an outdoor amphitheater.

The newest addition to Lakewood is the Belmar shopping and dining district. It has become the “downtown” of Lakewood and encompasses 22 city blocks and contains residences, shopping, entertainment, and dining.

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Littleton

Littleton is about 9 miles south of downtown Denver in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. Its history began back in the Pikes Peak Gold rush of 1859. Richard Sullivan Little came to work on irrigation systems and liked it so well he brought his family out with him. The Littles and some neighbors built the Rough and Ready Flour Mill in 1867, which provided a solid economic base in the community. In 1890 the residents decided to incorporate and called the town Littleton.

For the outdoor adventurers, Littleton has over 1400 acres of parks and open space and more than 200 miles of trails and 6 recreation centers. A few of the notable trails include the High Line Canal, a 71-mile trail that winds its way between Roxborough Park and Aurora, and Mary Carter Greenway, an 8-mile multi-use trail that runs along the Platte River. Chatfield State Park also offers multiple trails, camping, boating, biking, fishing, and more. Not to be missed is Roxborough State Park. The park is nearly 4000 acres with dramatic red rock formations and various wildlife sighting opportunities.

Historic Downtown Littleton has turn of the century buildings and offers over 220 shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, restaurants, and bars. In addition to the various art galleries, downtown Littleton is home to the Town Hall Arts Center offering an intimate 260 seat theatre which hosts live theatre performances, concerts, and other cultural events.

Commuting from Littleton is made easier with the RTD light rail making stops at both the Littleton Downtown Station and the Littleton Mineral Station. From these stations, you can ride on the C line or the D line depending on where you are going in the city.

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Thornton

Thornton is located northeast of Denver in Adams and Weld counties. It is the easternmost city in the north Denver area making it the closest city to Denver International Airport. In the beginning, the land was primarily used for farming until a residential community was planned and the land was purchased. The city is fairly new having been settled in 1954. By the end of 1955, Thornton had grown to have over 1200 homes for 5500 residents.  

True to the outdoor loving people of the  Denver Metro area, Thornton has nearly 2000 acres of parks and open space with 25 major parks and over 80 miles of trails throughout the city. Available recreation facilities include the Carpenter Recreation Center and the nearby Community Center with multiple gyms, weight and fitness area, pools, and more. If golf is your thing, you can choose from Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club and Thorncreek Golf Course, and for the frisbee golf lovers, there is Springvale Park Disc Course.

Shoppers will not be disappointed with shopping areas such as Larkridge Mall, Thornton Town Center, Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center, and the Denver Premium Outlets for the bargain hunters.

Other nearby attractions to explore are Water World and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge.

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Westminster

Westminster is located in western Adams County and northeastern Jefferson County northwest of Denver. The city was settled in 1859 and over the years it has overgone various name changes. In 1911 was finally named,  “Westminster” after Westminster Castle which began construction in 1891. The castle can still be seen today near the intersection of 83rd Ave and Federal Blvd and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Westminster University.

Westminster has an extensive trail system with about 150 miles of trails that go through open space providing access to wildlife, views, and natural beauty. Part of this trail system includes Big Dry Creek Trail, Little Dry Creek Trail, Farmers High Line Canal, Rocky Mountain Greenway trail, and U.S. 36 Bikeway. Some of these trails can be found at Standley Lake Regional Park. The park has about 2000 acres of open space land surrounding the lake and is a multi-use recreation and water storage facility. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, power boating, and paddling are a few of the recreation opportunities offered. On the northwest side of the lake, a pair of bald eagles have taken up residence there since 1993. In addition to the bald eagles, other wildlife that can be viewed are coyotes, red foxes, bull snakes, burrowing owls, mule deer, rock squirrels, rabbits, and prairie dogs.

In addition to the trails and open space, Westminster has 6 recreation centers, 2 golf courses, an outdoor pool, Christopher Fields Softball Complex, City Park Soccer Fields, a disc golf course, a skate park, and an Ice Center at the Promenade.

One unique feature of Westminster is The Butterfly Pavilion. It was the first stand-alone Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world. It features 5 exhibit areas each with a unique touch experience. You can walk through a rainforest with 1600 free-flying tropical butterflies, hold Rosie the famous tarantula, see a coral reef up close and more.

Westminster has 2 shopping and dining centers, The Westminster Promenade and The Orchard Town Center. Both feature multiple dining options and movie theaters, with the Orchard Town Center featuring over 85 retailers at its outdoor mall.

Commuting to Denver is no problem with RTD’s B Line, offering commuter rail service between Downtown Denver and Westminster Station. Commuting to Boulder is just as easy using the Flatiron Flyer, a rapid bus transit service that can take you to Boulder, Denver, Broomfield, Louisville, and Superior.

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Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge is centrally located just West of Denver in Jefferson County. Its location provides a short commute to major highways, the mountains, and all of the amenities of Denver.

The history of Wheat Ridge is based on agriculture and its location along regional travel routes. It was a popular rest stop for travelers during the Gold Rush of the late 1850s. By the 1880s, the land use changed from wheat farming to smaller truck farms. Some of the major crops included apples, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, currants, plums, blackberries, pascal celery, other vegetables, and carnations. There are still several working farms in the city today.

Wheat Ridge is home to 300 acres of open space land. The Wheat Ridge Greenbelt makes up a good portion of this land and is situated along Clear Creek. This trail connects Denver to Golden and runs through Wheat Ridge with 6.5 miles of paved trail offering opportunities for walking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and nature viewing. In addition, there are 4 lakes within the city limits. All stocked with fish by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In particular, Bass Lake offers a 550-foot long boardwalk and is equipped with ADA accessible viewing platforms and a bird blind. Perfect for watching wildlife.

Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreations goal for its residents is to provide opportunities for you to meet your neighbors, improve your health, enjoy nature, learn something new and develop hobbies for a lifetime by offering 20 parks and a 69,000 sqft recreation center with pools, fitness facility, basketball and racquetball courts to name a few. Click here for more info.

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