Denver has much to offer for a broad range of tastes. Perhaps the best part of living in this city is the best of both worlds-big-city living and a rural landscape. Connoisseurs of fine art, sports nuts, and entertainment fans alike can find something to do in the metro area, but if things get too hectic, peace and quiet is no more than 45 minutes away in the beautiful, majestic Rocky Mountains. Some students complain that downtown Denver is the only place to party or find fun things to do, and that it's too expensive and somewhat pretentious. However, Denver has many other places to party and have fun, you just have to look beyond downtown. The suburbs of Denver, such as Glendale, the Highlands, Littleton, and Lone Tree, have a unique feel all their own that can be refreshing when LoDo tries your nerves.
You don't even need to get in a car to find something fun to do, because the area surrounding DU's campus is constantly growing with new facilities, attractions, restaurants, and bars that appeal to DU's restless students. Professional sports games are lively and entertaining, as are the many concerts and special events held in Denver by touring musicians and noted speakers. Walk through a maze of foliage at Denver Botanical Gardens, feed animals at the Denver Zoo, view dinosaur bones at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, or take in a show at the Temple Buell Theater.