Delegating Denver #30 of 56: Montana

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Most Montanan Denver Neighborhood: Cory-Merrill

Most Montanan Bar: Lion's Lair 2022 East Colfax Avenue Live music for the soulful Triumphant Universalist with the heart of a survivalist.

Most Montanan Restaurant: Rocky Mountain Diner 800 18th Street All the favorite foods of Montana , minus the deep-fried bulls' balls.

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Best Day Trip: Light Rail to Historic Downtown Littleton

Colorado's landscape is almost the same as Montana's, only with seven times as many people. Any Montanan taking a summer day trip into Colorado's Front Range will only be annoyed by all the Justin Timberlake and Faith Hill clones driving their Lexus SUVs while yakking on cell phones in high-country gridlock traffic. For a more civilized excursion, and a chance to enjoy things that are not even available in Montana, take a bike-n-ride light-rail trip to historic downtown Littleton. From your delegation hotel at the Courtyard Stapleton, board the #44 bus and head into town. Ask the bus driver for a transfer; you'll need it when you get off the bus at the 16th Street Mall to get on the "D Line" to Littleton. The light-rail line follows the South Platte River both upstream and back through history. Once lined with industry, its banks are now being redeveloped into parks and mixed-use housing. The Evans Street Station sits directly over what was once Montana City, the first Anglo settlement in Colorado. It was founded by a group of Kansans in 1857, a year before Denver was established, and quickly abandoned thereafter. Littleton got its start in 1862, when New Hampshirite Richard S. Little built his farm and flour mill and platted out his town. A rich rural history guarantees that everything here was built with loving hands. And since that time, loving pocketbooks have kept the place alive and in great condition. It's a great spot to eat, drink (try McKinner's Pizza Bar at 2389 West Main Street), shop and look at art. Or rent a bike at Littleton Cyclery (1500 West Littleton Boulevard) and continue to follow the South Platte River bike trail up into the foothills. You’ll never look at Colorado the same again. — Kenny Be

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