Scratch the veneer of the new-West look of urban Denver and you’ll get a glimpse of the Old West, too. Sitting at 5,280 feet (one mile) above sea level and framed by the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City is a study in contrasts. Cowboy-hat-wearing ambassadors greet travelers at the city’s state-of-the-art airport. The golden dome of the state capitol overlooks downtown, where renovated historic buildings and architecturally striking modern structures stand side by side. Classic steak houses sit comfortably next to innovative eateries, with bold, young chefs creating culinary masterpieces. Upscale hotels, a booming arts and culture roster, family attractions, professional sports, the region's premier shopping areas, 850 miles of paved off-road biking trails and quick access to some of Colorado's major ski resorts and national parks keep visitors coming back again and again.