If you are planning to study in the United States, it might be daunting to choose between fifty very different states. Below you can find the most important reasons why to look no further than the majestic mountains of Colorado and its great capital, Denver.
Colorado’s weather is one of the indisputable highlights the Centennial State has to offer. With a yearly average of more than 300 days of sunshine and only 33 percent humidity, Colorado provides the perfect conditions for a wide array of outdoor activities, no matter what the season.
If Colorado is famous for one thing, it is the outdoors, including the grandiose Rocky Mountains that serve as a backdrop for the city of Denver. When the ski season comes to a close, the summer months unlock a wide array of activities, be they hiking, biking, rock climbing, or just driving up to revel in the breathtaking views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Beside this, Denverites also have this myriad of other options just outside of their home:
- Parks – Denver is a city that truly invests in its public park space, offering over 200 parks and over 100 miles of trail space. Grab a frisbee or a soccer ball and play, or take a friend for a bask in the sun!
- Red Rocks – The best natural theater space since the ancient Greeks. This naturally formed amphitheater is a geological phenomenon, and the only one of its kind in the world! Artists from around the world, including Sting, U2, and even the Beatles, have sought to play at this magical venue. Concerts aren’t the only attraction, however. Red Rocks is also a great hiking site, a theater known as Film on the Rocks, home to many numerous festivals, and a museum. This amazing spot provides plenty of activities for the whole family!
- Rafting – One of Colorado’s most exhilarating attractions is white water rafting. Take a short trip up to any of the numerous mountain locations and a guide will take you down the wild currents. Get ready for fun!
- Cherry Creek Bike Path – This 40-mile trail is both a gorgeous promenade and a fantastic shortcut for those who like to bike. With Denver’s bike rental system situated throughout the city, you don’t even need to bring your own bike! The creek also offers affordable gondolier rides during the summer – perfect for romantic evenings!
Denver’s ever-expanding transportation infrastructure is transforming the Mile High city into a competitor amongst America’s largest cities. The clean, reliable light rail system provides rapid access to downtown from the Southern, Eastern, and (most recent!) Western outskirts of the city. A widely anticipated line to the Denver Airport is expected by 2016, with a frequent bus to downtown running in the meantime. The bus system is also a reliable and convenient means of transport. Over 30 different lines run throughout the Metropolitan area alone, with more traveling to outlying cities.
Denver is home to a vibrant art scene, with pockets of Bohemian charm to be found throughout the city. Every month, the Art Walk on Santa Fe Street invites free enjoyment of the many eclectic galleries that display works from local artists. Anyone standing at the foot of the Capitol can see the imposing figure of the Denver Art Museum, the massive architectural wonder designed by celebrated artist Daniel Libeskind. Just a hop, skip, and jump away is the massive Denver Performing Art Complex, where one can get their fix of Broadway tours, local theatre, opera, ballet, or classical music.
Pack purple clothes before coming to Denver! Denverites take their sports teams seriously, and like to dress in their teams’ colors. At any time of the year you’ll find eager fans rooting for the city’s professional sports teams. The biggest sport you’ll find in the summer, by far, is baseball. The Colorado Rockies make their home at the heart of downtown, and a good season promises a mass of purple-clad fans to flood downtown in celebration. The summer is also a good time to watch the increasingly popular soccer team, the Rapids. If you stay in Denver year round, you’ll also get to see the Broncos (football), the Nuggets (basketball), and the Avalanche (hockey).
When choosing a destination for your immersion course, don’t overlook the Mile High City! Denver’s climate, culture, and people promise an enriching and wonderful experience, and provide a beautiful setting in which to learn English.