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Denver Metro Area and Suburbs

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The Denver metro area includes the city of Denver and surrounding suburbs. The city of Denver is Colorado's capital, and home to half a million residents. Denver's neighborhoods range from swanky Cherry Creek to historic Capitol Hill.

The city and county of Denver is surrounded by suburbs on all sides, with each suburb as a separate city in most cases. Aurora, one of the largest suburbs, lies to the east of Denver. Westminster lies to the north of Denver, and features the Butterfly Pavilion.

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  1. City Park
  2. Capitol Hill
  3. Cherry Creek
  1. Washington Park
  2. Aurora
  3. Westminster

City Park

City Park Jazz

The Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science are both located in City Park. Every summer, jazz fans can enjoy free concerts with City Park Jazz. East High School anchors City Park as one of Denver's original four high schools, and boasts famous alumni such as Don Cheadle and Judy Collins.

Capitol Hill

State Capitol

As one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, historic Capitol Hill houses the Colorado State Capital Building. The neighborhood features plenty of apartment housing, government offices and eclectic eateries.

Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Gold was first discovered along the banks of Cherry Creek in the 19th century, and the neighborhood still boasts a glittering image. The neighborhood is home to some of Denver's most expensive real estate, as well as the Cherry Creek Mall. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival also showcases artwork from across the U.S.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park, or Wash Park for short, is one of Denver's most popular parks. The park features gravel running trails and two lakes for fishing. The park also hosts volleyball leagues during the summer, and the boathouse can be rented out for private events.

Aurora

Cherry Creek Marina

Aurora is Denver's most populous suburb, and lies east of the city off I-225 or I-70. Many Aurora residents can commute to work in downtown Denver via the Southeast Light Rail. Aurora is also home to the Cherry Creek State Park, which features a marina and horseback riding stables.

Westminster

Butterfly Pavilion

Westiminster lies north of the city along I-25 on the way to Boulder. Many Westminster residents commute to either Boulder or Denver. The suburb features the Butterfly Pavilion and the Standley Lake recreation area.

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