By: Aurora Davis, RN, BSN, OCN®, Metro Denver Chapter Member

When I was asked to write about why you should come to Colorado, I’ll admit, I was at a bit of a loss. I’ve lived in Colorado for 30 years and to me, it’s obvious why you’d want to visit! As a fellow nurse told me, “Colorado sells itself!”

Denver shines with 300+ days of sunshine a year and 80 degree weather in March. The biggest mountains in the continental United States and some killer skiing to match. In May, by the time Congress happens, you’ll be able to ski in a bathing suit! Hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, and clear, crisp air that allows you to see for 50 miles on a good day. Four national parks and eight national monuments, which doesn’t even include Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

You can also find great shopping (including our famous Cherry Creek Shopping District and the REI flagship store), the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Botanic Gardens. Nearby in the mountains you’ll find hot springs galore where you can soak in healing waters. You can even drive to Blackhawk or Central City to enjoy Colorado’s version of Las Vegas.

Ready to relax with some good food and a cold beverage? Denver is known as the “Napa Valley of Beer” in honor of our 58 craft breweries and brewpubs, second most of any U.S. city. We’re also well known for our delicious green chili, which is even better served on a burger—maybe at the local Cherry Cricket restaurant. And, although Nebraskans may argue it, I believe Colorado can serve up the best steak you’ve ever eaten in your life.

So what are you waiting for? Come to Congress and figure out what all the fuss is about! 

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