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Photos: Top 21 cities and states that sent the most tourists to Colorado in 2013

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Last week, we noted that VISIT DENVER has just released loads o' stats related to 2013, the most successful tourism season in the city's history; visitor spending topped $4 billion for the first time. And indeed, the organization's list of the ten most popular shopping and entertainment centers for tourists only scratched the data surface.

Example: VISIT DENVER has also compiled lists of the nine cities and twelve states that sent the most tourists to Colorado. Both rosters are below, with the one pertaining to cities accompanied by blurbs that suggest reasons why folks might prefer to hang out in Denver than where they live the rest of the year. Continue to count them down.

The nine cities that sent the most visitors to Denver in 2013 -- and why they may be leaving home

Number 9: New York City

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Village Voice: "The Big Apple reclaims its heavyweight title in hostility, a dubious honor it last held in 2009 -- and a reputation it has had for much longer ('You talkin' to me?')."

Number 8: Minneapolis-St. Paul

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Wikipedia: "The warmest temperature ever recorded in Minneapolis was 108 °F (42 °C) in July 1936, and the coldest temperature ever recorded was −41 °F (−41 °C), in January 1888. The snowiest winter of record was 1983-84, when 98.4 inches (250 cm) of snow fell."

Number 7: Dallas-Fort Worth

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From "Living in Dallas: A Pros and Cons List:" "Because of the oversaturating pestilence that is shopping mall after shopping mall, you forget that there are places in the world that are green, beautiful, and natural."

Continue to keep counting down the cities and states that sent the most visitors to Colorado in 2013.


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17 comments
Jillian Bridges
Jillian Bridges

A lot of people move from Oregon too.....same chill culture and actual sunshine instead of rain!!! I know from experience :) Love Denver

David Findley
David Findley

How did I know it would be Cali @ #1? OH WAIT!! because that is where every one I meet is from!!

Bret Kantola
Bret Kantola

Clearly there are more Texan's here then in Texas now.

Diego Raya
Diego Raya

Deborah , see #4 on the cities list.

Sumibraxis Dei
Sumibraxis Dei

Southern California and Texas....no hated the people in both areas, and wish they would go back to where their, no- driving-self righteous-gluten free-bitch asses, came from

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

Chicago, because of the HUGE billboard that the Colorado Tourism Bureau has erected on I294 in the Chicago area.

Tamara Munroe
Tamara Munroe

We travel to other places, rather than staying home. Why wouldn't people in other states do the same?

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Because people here are generally pretty cool. One of the main things I hear on the taxi bike is, "folks are so nice here, and it is so clean." Denver appeals to our need to be in a nurturing, hospitable environ. The areas these folks come from are toxic and you can't make eye contact with strangers, or interact with folks on the street. It's not the weed, it's the general copacetic vibe the Denver has nurtured. That being said, when you are out and about in our town, DON'T BE A DICK!

Zach Carsel
Zach Carsel

Rhode Island. And they come here to see prairie dogs.

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