You don't have to be a card-carrying Democrat or Republican to enjoy this year's political conventions in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
By Patrick J. Sauer | Jul 28, 2008
Population: Approximately 500,000
Newbies to the Mile High City are advised to drink plenty of water and lay off the alcohol.
Named after John Denver, a former governor of the Kansas territory, which included this area in 1859.
Newspapers: The Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News According to a federal study, Denver has the highest proportion of thin people of any U.S. city.
The cheeseburger was invented in Denver.
More beer is produced in Denver that in any other city.
With 30 percent of the population Hispanic, there is an abundance of Mexican and Latin American restaurants.
Population: 3.5 million
The two cities are on opposite sides of the Mississippi River
There has been talk of a cultural awakening within the Twin Cities as a result of an architecture boom as well as an influx of celebrity chefs. Wolfgang Puck recently opened 20.21, a pan-Asian restaurant in the Walker Art center.
The cities are independent municipalities with defined borders, but they are often referred to as "The Cities."
Their downtown districts are just nine miles apart.
There are more theater seats per capita in The Cities than in any other U.S. city (besides New York).
The Mall of America, one of the largest enclosed shopping areas in the U.S., is in the suburb of Bloomington.