If you’re about to become a Denver transplant, congratulations! You’re moving to one of the world’s best, most adventurous cities. However, the initial move may come as a bit of a shock; Denver has a culture and flair all its own, and new residents may be surprised by the idiosyncrasies of this small city. If you’re beginning to set the wheels in motion on your move to the Centennial State, here are a few things to know—to get you excited, but to ensure you’re prepared for when the day arrives.
- The Denver lifestyle comes from geography. In Denver, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t enjoy the mountains and nearby nature. Appreciation for the city’s location is one of the defining features of the Denver lifestyle. Popular pastimes include everything from hiking and running to backcountry camping and skiing. You’ll also find a variety of local foods and beers inspired by the surrounding flora and fauna. If you’ve never been a fan of chilis, it’s time to acquaint yourself with Hatch and Pueblo chilis—prominently featured additions on menus throughout the area.
- Speaking of food, the restaurant scene won’t let you down. The Denver food scene is underrated. This city has world-class restaurants, regional chains, and unforgettable gastropubs. You’ll never have to visit the same restaurant twice (though you might want to). Plus, don’t even get us started about the craft beer scene—its legendary.
- Each neighborhood has a distinct personality. Denver is truly a city of neighborhoods. Each enclave has its own personality and vibe, so be sure to do your research before moving to the Mile-High City. When selecting a neighborhood, consider your budget and work location, but pay attention to hobbies, lifestyle, and priorities. Do you want to be close to downtown? Cherry Creek is a great option. Interested in the local music scene? Capitol Hill might be the neighborhood for you.
- The mountains provide a root for the city. Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level, but the snow-capped peaks in the distance are even higher. For many of the city’s residents, the mountains are more than a scenic backdrop; they are deeply integrated into daily life. Workplaces might take advantage of the scenery by sponsoring company 5Ks, and some might even fund ski trips to one of the area’s six ski resorts. From mountain biking and hiking to skiing and rafting, these mountains serve an importance more than providing pretty scenery.
- It’s sunny. All the time. Denver residents love recreation because they have easy access and unlimited options. They also love recreation because the weather here is spectacular. Denver receives an average of 300 sunny days every year—far more than any other city in this part of the country. Grab your sunglasses, slather on some sunscreen, and head out into the mountains to make some new friends.