Rising from the western edge of America's High Plains, and shadowed by the Rocky Mountains, is Colorado's capital, Denver. The city sprang up in 1858, right were the first flakes of gold in the state were discovered. As it turned out, there wasn't that much gold around Denver, the real riches lay up in the mountains, but ever since, The Mile High City has continued to grow, thanks partly to its incredible weather. Denver is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine per year; that's more than Miami! Just an easy walk or bus ride from Denver's modern downtown is the Golden Triangle, an area filled with grand civic architecture, museums and public art. Climb the stairs to the Capitol Building, where at the 13th step, you'll be exactly one mile above sea level. Spend some time in the Denver Art Museum, which celebrates the region's landscapes and peoples. The museum houses 18 000 Native American treasures, making it one of the most important First Nations' collections in the country. Not far from the Golden Triangle is the Children's Museum of Denver, where little adventurers can discover the world of kinetics, explore nature, and climb aboard a big ol' firetruck. There are plenty of other natural wonders to explore, at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and Butterfly Pavilion. Denverites have always enjoyed the great outdoors, and believe their animal friends should too. Denver Zoo pioneered the use of natural habitats, so its guests can feel right at home, whatever the weather. Uncover the region's prehistoric past at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. But to really walk in the footsteps of giants, hit the Triceratops Trail at Dinosaur Ridge. Here, on Denver's western outskirts you'll find the Morrison Fossil Area, one of the most extensive dinosaur track and fossil sites in the world.