The capital of the state of Colorado has more than half a million residents.Today, this former gold mining town is an important business center. From the golden roof of the Colorado State Capitol visitors have a good view of Denver and the silhouette of the impressive Rocky Mountains. Denver's first surprise is its expansive green spaces and parks. In addition, the city is home to numerous museums, lively city quarters and quite a few breweries. The restored Larimer Square is especially worth a visit, with its pretty Victorian houses and charming shops and cafés, which invite visitors to linger awhile. The tree-lined 16th Street Mall, with its beautiful fountains, cafés and street music, is a shopping paradise and meeting point in the heart of the city. In the nearby Lower Downtown District (ÔÇťLoDoÔÇŁ) there are art galleries, ateliers and restaurants. If you're looking for a bit of relaxation, the Denver Botanic Garden is an idyllic spot, with water fountains and cascades, a Japanese Garden and prize-winning Winter Garden. In the Colorado History Museum you can learn more about the Wild West. The exhibitions document the lives of the Indians, cowboys, miners and pioneers. The Denver Art Museum has Indian art on display. In nearby Golden you can visit the world's largest brewery, Coors. Denver's location near the Rockies makes it an El Dorado for anyone who likes to ski, climb, fish and experience untouched nature. Colorado is known for terrific natural landscapes, wonderful national parks and excellent hiking and winter sports opportunities. A drive along the Trail Ridge Road, that reaches an elevation of 3736 m at some points, is breathtaking. Along its 640 km you can experience impressive peaks and canyons, fantastic valleys and calm lakes.