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Denver, Colorado

Denver’s nickname is ‘Mile High City’ because its elevation is a mile high (or 1,600m above sea level).

Pikes Peak is situated exactly on the continental divide: the line that separates North America's watersheds, dictating whether rivers drain into the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean.

The discovery of gold in the foothills of the Front Range in 1858 led to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and the settlement of Denver.

The Front Range is home to four of the highest peaks in Colorado including Grays Peak which reaches 4,352m.

Denver is one of the few US cities to be home to major teams from four different sports: baseball, football, basketball and hockey.

The National Western Stock Show held in Denver is the largest of its kind in the world, with tens of thousands of animals showcased each year.

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