Recently named the fastest growing city in the country, people are flocking to Denver like never before and it's easy to see why. In honor of Valentine's Day, we decided there was no better time to share our favorite things about the (mile high) city we all know and love. Whether you support the onslaught of newcomers or not (or maybe you are one!), in the spirit of Valentine's Day we figured we would share the love. If you are looking for family-friendly activities or planning the perfect date night, this list has something for everyone, and we are certain that it will inspire you to fall in love with your city all over again.

Without further ado, 101 Unique Reasons to LOVE Denver:

  1. VooDoo Doughnuts

  2. Washington Park on a summer's day

  3. Red Rocks Amphitheater

  4. It's the birthplace of the cheeseburger!

  5. Random 70-degree weather in the middle of winter

  6. Whitewater rafting is just 30 minutes away

  7. Great casinos are just a 45-minute drive away

  8. A Taste of Colorado

  9. The magic tree that plays music when you open the secret door (anyone


    where it is?!)

  10. 16th Street Mall is the perfect place to get your 'weird' on!

  11. REI flagship store

  12. Denver brews more beer than any other city (80 different beers brewed here daily!)

  13. The world's largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa, just a few hours away

  14. Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America

  15. Every year Denver hosts the world's largest rodeo, the Western Stock Show - Yeehaw!

  16. We have the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks inside the city limits and 20,000 acres of park in the nearby mountains!

  17. Rocky Mountain National Park, the outdoor holy grail, is a

    90 minute

    drive from downtown

  18. Denver Union Station

  19. The tallest sand dune in America is in the Great Sand Dunes National Park

  20. Cookies from Gateaux Bakery. Scratch that, everything from Gateaux Bakery!

  21. The world's largest natural hot springs pool is located in Glenwood Springs

  22. Trader Joe's!

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  23. Kickball at City Park (KIFAC is awesome)

  24. The home to the second largest performing arts complex in the nation (10 theaters, seating 10,000 people in total!)

  25. We have more pot dispensaries (390) than Starbucks (208)

  26. Pablo's Coffee

  27. Coors Field at sunset 

  28. Two words. Bike. Friendly.

  29. The Mile High Culture Pass

  30. GO BRONCOS!!

  31. Where else can you ski and golf all in the same day?!

  32. 300 days of


    per year (that's more than San Diego or San Francisco!)

  33. A major sports team from every professional sport!

  34. World-class Aquarium

  35. Rocky Mountain sunsets (see also: Coors Field)

  36. The financial savings of drinking at altitude! (less beer for the same buzz!)

  37. Larimer Square

  38. The 9 hidden elves in the Museum of Nature & Science

  39. It's the only US. city to turn down the Winter Olympics

  40. The Mayan Theater (the best indie flicks!)unique things in denver

  41. Frozen Dead Guy Days is a short drive away every


    and one of the most bizarre festivals you will ever attend!

  42. 3rd highest


    city in the country, behind Santa Fe and Cheyenne

  43. Did we mention we legalized marijuana?! This means Colorado is poised to be one of the richest states in the country!

  44. Little Man Ice Cream

  45. Rooftop bar at Linger (did you know it used to be a mortuary?!) There may or may not be a camp trailer posing as a bar.

  46. Bovine Metropolis Improv Comedy

  47. The RiNo District Brewery Tour (there's even a FREE weekend shuttle now!)

  48. Tennyson Street

  49. Platte River Trail (perfect for walking, running, or cycling!)

  50. Avanti Food & Beverage

  51. Cooper Lounge (overlooking the terminal of Union Station!)

  52. Denver Botanic Gardens

  53. 1Up Arcade & Bar (Ahem, Pacman and giant Jenga. Need we say more?!)

  54. Williams & Graham Prohibition-era Speakeasy

    Denver Central Market 

  55. Denver Central Market

  56. Bluebird Theater

  57. Film on the Rocks Series (Red Rocks Amphitheater)

  58. Antique Row

  59. Underground Tunnels

  60. Denver Money Museum (you can get your very own bag of shredded money!)

  61. The friendliness of everyone (we sometimes wonder if it's the lack of oxygen?!)

  62. South Pearl Street Farmer's Market

  63. The Molly Brown House Museum

  64. Afternoon Tea at Brown Palace

  65. Dim Sum at Departure

  66. Squash Bombs at Dos Santos (spoiler alert: the tinga tacos are pretty amazing as well!)

  67. Humble Pie Shop

  68. Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge

  69. The sky really is bluer! (thanks to less water vapor in the air at this altitude!)

  70. The big blue bear peeking into the Convention Center

  71. The food trucks at Civic Center Park

  72. Cherry Creek Bike Path

  73. Colorado History Museum

  74. (vegan) Avocado Melt at Beet Box (the cashew cream cheese is to die for!)

  75. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

  76. Bikalope Tour

  77. Denver Cat Company (for the feline lovers among us)

  78. The Children's Museum of Denver

  79. Elitch Gardens

  80. Dinosaur Ridge (just a short drive from Denver!)

  81. Denver Art Museum (kids get in FREE!) 

  82. Hammond's Candy Factory

  83. Denver Skate Park

  84. Four Mile Historic Park (home to Denver's oldest standing structure!)

  85. Denver Cinco De Mayo Festival

  86. Chalk Art Festival

  87. Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

  88. Denver Comic Con

  89. Denver Arts Week

  90. Great American Beer Festival

    Denver Ski Train

  91. Winter Park Ski Train 

  92. You can eat outdoors in the middle of February!

  93. Cheesman Park (Did you know it used to be a cemetery? Do you think it's haunted?!)

  94. City O' City Restaurant (vegetarian because, Denver.)

  95. Book Bar Denver (That's right, part bookstore, part bar!)

  96. Mile High Loop trail at City Park

  97. You can cross country ski on many golf courses throughout the winter!

  98. Wine (or beer!) & chocolate classes at The Chocolate Therapist

  99. The Paramount Theater

  100. The Crawford Hotel (at Union Station)

  101. Cupid's Undie Fun Run