September 6-9, 2017
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Pl • Denver, CO 80202 • United States
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Denver – The Mile High City
Denver is an outdoor city with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and plenty of urban adventures for all ages. Explore The Mile High City’s farm-to-table cuisine, local craft breweries and unique live music venues like the famous Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Visit the Denver Art Museum with its famous American Indian and Western art collections, see the giant blue bear public art sculpture, shop at Cherry Creek or buy an authentic western shirt at the iconic Rockmount Ranch Wear. Denver combines historic Victorian brick buildings in Larimer Square and LoDo (Lower Downtown) with the bold architecture of today, all within a laid-back, walkable city center.
The Brookings Institution ranks Denver as the fourth most walkable downtown in the nation. Save on shoe leather by riding the free shuttle bus on the 16th Street Mall – it makes everything downtown easy to reach. This area is home to some of the most popular places to visit in Denver, like Union Station and the LoDo Historic District. You can easily spend a full day sightseeing at these Downtown Denver attractions.
16TH STREET MALL RIDE
Called the MallRide, this free hybrid vehicle scoots up and down the 16-block tree-lined retail core of downtown Denver, also home to hotels, restaurants, office buildings, residences and public spaces. Hop on at any intersection on 16th Street between Civic Center Station at Broadway near the Colorado State Capitol (200 E. Colfax Ave.) and Union Station on the west end. A few short walks from the mall take you to the Denver Performing Arts Complex (950 13th St.) Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St.) Larimer Square (Larimer St. between 14th and 15th Sts.) Coors Field (2001 Blake St.) and LoDo (Lower Downtown). You can also access light rail and make connections for buses throughout the metro area and to Boulder, Golden, Longmont and Denver International Airport.
10 FACTS ABOUT DENVER
1. DENVER IS NEAR THE MOUNTAINS, NOT IN THEM. -There are 200 named peaks visible from Denver, including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) and above. The mountain panorama visible from Denver is 140 miles (225 km) long.
2. DENVER REALLY IS EXACTLY ONE MILE HIGH. - There is a step on the State Capitol Building that is exactly 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level. In Denver's rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. The sun feels warmer in the thinner atmosphere, but your coffee is cooler because water boils at 202 degrees (94 degrees Celsius).
3. DENVER HAS ONE OF THE MOST WALKABLE DOWNTOWNS IN THE NATION. - Denver boasts the 10th largest downtown in America, it's and one of the most exciting and walkable. Within a mile radius, downtown Denver has three major sports stadiums, the nation's second-largest performing arts center, three colleges with 30,000 students, an assortment of art and history museums, a mint that produces 10 billion coins a year, a river offering white water rafting, more than 8,400 hotel rooms, a $140 million theme and water park, a $100 million aquarium and 300 restaurants.
4. DENVER HAS 300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE A YEAR. - Located east of a major mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. In winter, Denver is dryer than Phoenix, with an average daily high of 45 degrees (7 degrees Celsius) in February. Golf courses remain open all year and have been played as many as 30 days in January.
5. DENVER'S HISTORY IS SHORT, BUT COLORFUL. - In 1858, there wasn't a single person living in the Denver metro area. Three decades later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000. It was a Gold Rush that caused this boom, and in a 30-year period Denver saw some of the wildest events in the Wild, Wild West. This fascinating period is relived in museums, old gold mining villages and hundreds of elegant Victorian buildings.
6. DENVER HAS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE CITY PARK SYSTEMS IN THE NATION. - Denver has more than 200 parks within the city and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, including spectacular Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. The city has its own buffalo herd and every year plants more than 200,000 flowers in 26 formal flower gardens. Other mountain parks include Echo Lake, at the base of the Mount Evans highway -- the highest road in North America -- and Buffalo Bill's Grave on top of Lookout Mountain.
7. DENVER IS A CULTURAL CITY WITH THE SECOND HIGHEST EDUCATED POPULATION IN AMERICA. - In its Old West days, Denver had a performance of Macbeth before it had a school or hospital. Today, the Denver Performing Arts Complex has nine theaters seating 10,000 people and is second only to New York's Lincoln Center. The seven-county metro area has a self-imposed sales tax for the arts that raises up to $40 million a year, which is distributed to 300 arts organizations and facilities. Denver's live music scene entertains year-round, ranging from intimate venues like the Paramount Theatre to legendary open-air spots like Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, where the Beatles, U2 and many more have played.
8. DENVER IS ONE OF ONLY A FEW CITIES TO HAVE SEVEN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS. - Denver loves its sports, from basketball to football to soccer to baseball. Denver also has horse racing and a professional rodeo. Denver has 90 golf courses, 85 miles of bike paths and the nation's most unique city park system. Visitors can explore the city using B-cycle, Denver's pioneering bike-sharing program. Pick up a bike at one of 80-plus stations (located near hotels and major attractions), take a ride and return it at any other station -- all for a small membership fee.
9. IT'S EASY BEING "GREEN" IN DENVER. - From global warming and renewable energy to environmental cleanup, Denver is emerging as a model for sustainable cities. The Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage will use a biomass gasification system, which can turn human trash and animal waste into energy to power the exhibit. Denver International Airport (DEN) completed its two megawatt solar power system in 2008, a 1.6 megawatt array in 2010 and a 4.4 megawatt solar power system in 2011. In 2006, former Denver Mayor (now Colorado Governor) John Hickenlooper announced The Mile High Million, an ambitious tree-planting program with a goal of adding one million new trees in metropolitan Denver by the year 2025. As of early 2016, more than 2.2 million new trees have been planted.
10. DENVER IS FARM-FRESH. - Whether you're enjoying a night out on the town at one of Larimer Square's independently owned fine dining spots or digging into the offerings from one of the city's many gourmet food trucks, you can count on fresh, local ingredients. The city's beer world is booming, too, with new craft breweries opening every month, along with several distilleries and wineries!
From downtown amusement parks to fascinating museums, Denver's attractions deliver unique and unforgettable experiences.
Whether you have a few hours, a few days or a week in The Mile High City, here are some suggested itineraries and trips for visitors. http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/itineraries/
Mild, Sunny and Mile High: While the Rocky Mountains are still snowcapped, Denver enjoys an early spring with delightfully warm, sunny days. More than 50,000 flowers are planted on the 16th Street Mall each spring. Dress in layers so that as the sun warms up, you can remove layers and stay comfortable. In summer, Denver offers natural air conditioning - a perfect combination of warm, sunny days followed by cool evenings where a light jacket or sweater is often welcome. Autumn can arrive early in the high country, and the colorful turning of the aspen trees occurs in the mountains from mid-September to mid-October (high 78°F low 44°F). Winter days in Denver are bright, sunny and surprisingly mild. In February, average daily highs are 45 degrees - warmer than New York, Chicago, Philadelphia or St. Louis.
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