The latest and greatest in The Mile High City.
Updated July 18, 2016
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 art and Western art collections, see the giant blue bear public art sculpture, shop at Cherry Creek or get 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.
Opened on November 19, 2015, the new 519-room Westin Hotel located at Denver International Airport is part of the South Terminal Redevelopment project. It is one of only four hotels in America directly attached to an airport terminal. The hotel has its own station on the commuter rail line that runs from the airport to downtown Denver.
This recently opened hotel (November 2015) offers a 346-room (with 113 suites), dual branded Hyatt Place/Hyatt House property. The new hotel is located two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center; the Hyatt Place specializes in business traveler accommodations, while Hyatt House provides extended stay options.
The ART, a hotel, which opened in April 2015, is a 165-room boutique hotel next to the Denver Art Museum. The look and feel of the hotel are extremely unique, from the moment guests arrive through a portico-like entrance past open spaces that are a showcase of modern art, all the way through the guest experience. The hotel has its own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Each suite features a vibrant wall covering, and the rooms along 12th Avenue and Broadway have seats in “pop-out” windows where guests can enjoy views of the city or the Rocky Mountains. The building was designed by architect Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the spectacular Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.
In 2016, the ART was voted one of the top five Best New Hotels by USA Today 10Best readers.
The 150-room Aloft Hotel Denver, which opened in early 2015, is within a one block walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall. The sleek six-story hotel features a below ground swimming pool and fitness center.
This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored Denver Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The "Pullman" rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of historic trains. The "Classic" rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the "Loft,” featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street.
This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Denver
Opening in September 2016, this 87-room property is located near Denver’s Highlands neighborhood and will feature a rooftop patio and small meeting spaces.
Hilton Garden Inn Union Station
Denver’s Union Station neighborhood will soon be home to a twelve-story Hilton Garden Inn. The 214-room hotel will open in late 2016 and feature a rooftop patio, meeting space and a hotel restaurant located within a Denver Historic Landmark.
The Source Hotel
This 100-room hotel will be located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) district. The $41 million property will feature its own extension of the culinary marketplace as well as a courtyard connecting it to The Source. Hotel plans also call for a new New Belgium brewing concept to feature sour beers. The Source Hotel is expected to open in early 2017.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant
Opening late 2016, the new Kimpton will be located adjacent to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 200-room hotel will feature 8,300 square-feet of meeting space, including an outdoor patio and rooftop patio, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center and two local-inspired, chef-driven restaurants and bars.
Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek, Sage Hospitality
Scheduled to open in Cherry Creek in summer 2016, this seven-story independent luxury property will feature 155 rooms and approximately 3,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The 150-room, seven-story hotel will feature a roof-top pool along with restaurant and retail space consistent with the neighborhood’s unique character, designed to make guests feel like they are visiting a friend’s house and to bring pedestrians and the community in to the space.
Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels Group
This 180-room hotel will be part of the 21,000 square foot Union Tower West mixed-use development near the recently renovated Denver Union Station. It is expected to open in late 2016.
The Maven, Sage Hospitality
This 172-room boutique hotel broke ground in May 2015, and it will be part of the Dairy Block mixed-use development near Denver Union Station. It is expected to open in spring 2017.
Denver based development company, BMC Investments, will build a $35 million, 170 room Marriot Moxy hotel in Cherry Creek. The hotel is expected to open in mid-2017 and will be the first Moxy branded hotel in Denver.
Dual-branded AC Hotels by Marriott and Le Meridien Hotel To Open Downtown
This dual-branded, 18-story hotel tower in the heart of downtown Denver will feature an AC Hotels by Marriott hotel and a Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel. It is scheduled to open in early 2017 and will be the first new U.S property to open under the recent Marriott and Starwood merger. Need room numbers: total 495. 272 Le Meridien/223 AC
Cherry Creek Hotel, Stonebridge
The fifth Stonebridge hotel to be located in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood, this property will include an estimated 200 rooms, meeting space and a restaurant. The brand is also planning to build a property in downtown Denver.
The century-old hotel and iconic jazz hotspot will be renovated and expanded to include 105 rooms.
Restaurants & Neighborhoods
Denver has seen explosive growth in dining options, with new chef-driven restaurants, brew-houses, gastro pubs and farm-to-table fine dining springing up in a series of neighborhoods. Nearly 300 restaurants opened in Denver in 2014. Some of the popular areas seeing this growth include:
Denver Union Station
Denver’s historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal reopened in July 2014 with ten new restaurants, bars and fine retailers. Local powerhouse chef Jennifer Jasinski (winner of the 2013 James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest and 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef) opened Stoic & Genuine, a seafood-centric restaurant in the grand tradition of Grand Central Station’s Oyster Bar.
Alex Seidel (Food & Wine’s Top New Chef of the Year 2010 and 2016 James Beard Award Nominee for Best Chef: Southwest) opened Mercantile Dining & Provision, which features food items from his sheep farm located in nearby Larkspur, Colo.
Denver’s homegrown brunch hotspot, Snooze, opened in Union Station as well. Bringing energy, creativity and delicious food to the morning, Snooze features iconic pancakes, morning cocktails and a huge patio.
Union Station also includes Next Door, a branch of the Boulder-based Kitchen restaurant group, and the Terminal Bar, situated in the station’s old ticket window area. Guests can order one of 30 Colorado beers on tap through the former ticket windows, or relax with a hand crafted cocktail in the Cooper Lounge, which made Playboy’s list of 2015 Best Bars in America for Best Bar in a Train Station, overlooking the station’s grand hall.
Lower Highlands (LoHi)
Connected to downtown by three pedestrian bridges, Lower Highlands (LoHi) has become Denver’s “go to” dining neighborhood with an excellent selection of popular eateries and breweries. Linger is housed in an old mortuary and was selected by Travel + Leisure for having one of “America’s coolest rooftop bars.”
New restaurants in LoHi include Bar Dough, The Occidental (sister bar to popular speakeasy, Williams & Graham), Bacon Social House, and Avanti F&B – a collective eatery and modern-day food hall featuring two bars, seven different international culinary options and spectacular views of downtown Denver.
Colt & Gray, Duo and the nationally-renowned Old Major are local neighborhood favorites, while My Brother’s Bar is a Denver institution, once frequented by beat generation legends Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassidy.
River North (RiNo)
RiNo is a former industrial neighborhood now filled with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and even an urban winery – The Infinite Monkey Theorem, which makes its wine on-site with grapes supplied from the Western Slope of Colorado.
Work & Class (Chef Dana Rodriguez was a 2016 James Beard Award Nominee for Best Chef: Southwest), Cart-Driver, the Butcher Block, and Americatus are a small sampling of the new restaurants in RiNo gaining national attention. Nocturne, a live-music venue and restaurant heralding the deeply-rooted jazz history of Five Points, the neighborhood next to RiNo, opened in February 2015 and is generating local buzz.
The Source, a former brick foundry building, now houses a bakery, butcher, florist, the acclaimed Acorn restaurant (Chef Steve Redzikowski was a 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest), street tacos at Comida, and Crooked Stave brewery known for its wide variety of exclusively sour beers.
Across the street from The Source is the new Great Divide Barrel Room, the second location of the popular Denver brewery, opened in July 2015. Down the block, Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery is building a name for its canned sparkling wines, while Epic, Black Shirt, Ratio, Beryl’s and Our Mutual Friend are just some of Denver’s breweries located in this area. Ratio Beerworks was named one of the Best New Breweries in America by Thrillist.
In summer 2016, Jeff Osaka, owner of popular Denver restaurants Osaka Ramen and Sushi Rama, and developer Ken Wolf will open The Central Market in RiNo. This will be Denver’s third food hall, placing the city at the forefront of the nationwide trend; and it will feature a selection of 13 local food purveyors including new and existing businesses. The space will boast a winery, produce shop, coffee shop, fish shop, butcher and bakery, among others.
LoDo (Lower Downtown)
This 26-square-block neighborhood has the largest concentration of restored turn-of-the-century and Victorian brick warehouses in the nation, and is now home to more than 90 restaurants, breweries, rooftop cafes, music clubs and sports bars. Wynkoop Brewing Company, Colorado’s first and largest brewpub is located in LoDo, as is the original Great Divide Brewery, Jagged Edge, Chop House. Falling Rock, acknowledged as one of the greatest beer bars in the world with 145 draught beers.
From the group that created Denver mainstays Linger and Root Down, comes Ophelia’s, which opened in April 2015. Dubbed a “gastro-brothel” as an homage to the building’s seedy history, Ophelia’s serves up fresh local cuisine, delicious hand-crafted cocktails and live music in a unique and thoughtfully inspired atmosphere. Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge also opened in April 2015; the menu features high-end, creative items in a casual, comfortable space.
LoDo also is home to Denver Union Station, the famous Larimer Square (the oldest block in Denver and home to some of the city’s signature restaurants, including three concepts from 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist, Frank Bonanno), Coors Field and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
South Broadway and Baker
Yet another hip neighborhood booming with new eateries, bars and nightspots is just one mile south of downtown along South Broadway. The neighborhood has a distinct feel with everything from the fine dining at Beatrice & Woodsley to homemade Sweet Action Ice Cream; outdoor palm trees and umbrella drinks at Adrift Tiki Bar, to bowling, darts or shuffleboard at the massive 20,000 square foot Punch Bowl Social and more.
New restaurants continue to emerge in the neighborhood, including recent highlights Cho 77 – a second Asian-fusion concept from Lon Symensma of ChoLon, this time focused on the street food of several regions; Lena – a communal, tapas-style restaurant featuring Latin and South American dishes; and Gozo – a Mediterranean restaurant with a relaxed approach to fine dining.
Denver’s food trucks are slinging gourmet street eats on just about every corner throughout the city. Inspired by international cuisine and fueled with entrepreneurial passion, these businesses are changing the way Denver eats and drinks. The Mile High City now has more than 60 food trucks, serving everything from Venezuelan arepas to ice cream sandwiches, down-home, southern-style barbeque, street tacos and even vegan creations. Every week throughout the summer, at least 25-30 food trucks congregate in downtown Denver over lunchtime at the special food truck roundup called, Civic Center EATS. New this year, in addition to the established Tuesday and Thursday appearances, Civic Center EATS will also take place on Wednesdays, providing food truck options to downtown visitors, residents and business people three days per week.
Denver is Recognized as America’s Beer Capital City
Travel + Leisure , Conde Nast Traveler and USA Today have all selected Denver as the No. 1 Microbrew Beer City in the nation, an opinion shared by the New York Times. CNN.com also named The Mile High City America’s Best Beer Town in 2015.
Denver brews more beer than any other American city and is home to Coors Brewery – the largest single brewing site in the world. More than 200 unique beers are produced and served every day in Denver’s tap houses, brew pubs, breweries, and gastro pubs. There are now more than 60 breweries in Denver, more than 100 in the metro area and more than 300 throughout the state.
To showcase new and iconic Denver breweries, VISIT DENVER creates an annual Denver Beer Trail. The 2015-2016 edition features 20 must-try beers at local craft breweries, both new and well-loved, and well-known beer producers around the Denver area.
Denver’s Distilleries & Wineries
Growing side-by-side with beer brewing is Denver’s distillery scene. There are more than 60 craft distilleries producing whiskey, brandy, vodka, gin and rum in Denver. The largest distillery in Colorado is Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which is located in Denver, and offers free tours daily.
Leopold Brothers Distillery is a family-owned and operated distillery in Denver that crafts whiskies, gins, vodka, liqueurs, fernet and absinthe. Leopold Brothers features a large orchard area producing many of the ingredients used in its crafted spirits – including apples, blackberries and peaches.
Newcomer Law’s Whiskey House is known for its handcrafted, high quality Four Grain Straight Bourbon, made with grain from a family-owned, Colorado-based company.
Denver is also home to several urban wineries, with Infinite Monkey Theorem in the hip neighborhood of RiNo, gaining a national reputation for its sparkling wine served in cans, and the newest addition to its lineup – the Dry Hopped Pear Cider. Mile High Winery is also located in the RiNo neighborhood and features a tasting room on-site.
Neighborhoods and Art Districts
Denver has several exciting neighborhoods and arts districts, each with its own lively personality and attractions to discover – from the Golden Triangle neighborhood featuring world-class museums to the up-and-coming RiNo (River North) Art District, which is home to bold, colorful street art and chef-driven restaurants. For information, interactive maps and video tours of the seven arts districts and many neighborhoods, check out VISIT DENVER’s Neighborhood Guides.
New at Denver Museums & Attractions
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. The wing is the first U.S. building by Daniel Libeskind, known for his design of the Freedom Tower in New York City. It is an entirely new way to experience art and architecture together and is a work of art in its own right. Visitors can explore the museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, renowned traveling exhibits, children’s exhibits and more.
Women of Abstract Expressionism, June 12 – September 25, 2016
This is the first ever full-scale museum presentation of works by female Abstract Expressionist painters. It will celebrate the female artists of the first fully-American modern art movement, including works from artists such as Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Jay DeFeo. Curated by DAM’s Gewn Chanzit, Women of Abstract Expressionism will feature 51 paintings by 12 of the most active artists in the 1940s and ‘50s.
Star Wars ™ and the Power of Costume, November 13, 2016 – April 2, 2017
This exhibition will give Denver Art Museum visitors a look behind the scenes into the fantasy, marvel and delight of bringing characters in the Star Wars universe to life through a dramatic presentation of original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume conception and design for iconic outfits, from Princess Leia’s unforgettable bikini to Darth Vader’s imposing black uniform, featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series.
Museum of Contemporary Art
MCA DENVER is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time. As Denver's first institution devoted entirely to contemporary art, MCA DENVER is housed in a new environmentally sustainable facility designed by David Adjaye.
Museum of Outdoor Arts
The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of "Making Art a Part of Everyday Life."
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science opened a new wing in February 2014 with 126,000 square feet and five levels of exhibit space. Called the Morgridge Family Exploration Center, the space has a beautiful glass expanse that connects the Museum with City Park and gorgeous views of downtown, and also provides exhibit space for world exclusive shows and major national touring exhibitions.
Robot Revolution, Through August 7, 2016
This cutting-edge collection of robots from around the world is supported by both Google and The Boeing Company. Robots that have rarely been shown to the public-from soccer-playing ‘bots to impressive humanoids to all-terrain crawlers-demonstrate how these amazing machines can change how we live, work, and play for the better.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is an urban oasis for gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate a Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography.
Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection , Through October 2, 2016
The Gardens welcomes Stories in Sculpture, an exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, featuring selections from their collection. Artists represented in the exhibition include Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, George Segal, Saul Baiserman, Deborah Butterfield, Barry Flanagan and Judith Shea. Sculptures are placed throughout the Gardens as complements to the living museum’s natural settings. The majority of the 20 th century sculptures are figurative, while others portray abstract compositions.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is an exhilarating mix of Broadway tours, Tony Award-winning theatre and long-running cabaret shows. In February 2016, DCPA announced that they will host the pre-Broadway stage adaptation of Frozen in the summer of 2017. The sure-to-be-hit is not slated to open on Broadway until 2018. Additionally, the 38th season of the Theatre Company at the DCPA will featurePhantom of the Opera (Aug. 25-Sep. 11), The Glass Menagerie (Sep. 9-Oct.16) , Frankenstein (Sep. 30-Oct. 30) , Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Dec. 6-11), Finding Neverland (Dec. 20, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017) and more.
Off-Center, a subset of the DCPA, launched its first-ever Kickstarter campaign in March 2016 to crowd-fund the offsite, immersive experience, Sweet & Lucky, a commission by Brooklyn-based Third Rail Projects premiering in summer 2016. The show's first run sold out, and it has been extended through August 7.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art recently broke ground on a new museum in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District, scheduled to open in mid-2017. Located near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the new location will offer visitors an enhanced experience, while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known. The collection features 5,000 works by 534 Colorado artists, one of the nation’s most important design collections with 15,000 items, and 550 paintings by Vance Kirkland. The current location closed on May 2, 2016.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Commonly named among the top children’s museums in the U.S., the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus reopened in late 2015 after a $16.1 million expansion. The museum features new interactive learning exhibits, a new admission area, new café, additional parking and more.
History Colorado Center
Opened in April 2012, this experiential museum makes Colorado history fun. Visitors should make sure to check out Denver A to Z, an irreverent retelling of The Mile High City’s history through its most interesting characters. The museum also features Colorado-centric exhibits including Destination Colorado, Living West and The Denver Diorama.
El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado, through Oct. 31, 2016
History Colorado opened El Movimiento in February 2015, immersing visitors in the urgency, passion and vitality of one of Colorado’s most important social movements. In the 1960s and 1970s, Chicano activists in Colorado—an important center of the Chicano movement—fought to end discrimination, secure rights and gain political and social power through education, culture and the arts. El Movimiento uses artifacts, images, and the voices of Chicano activists to tell about the struggle for labor rights, the founding of the Crusade for Justice, student activism in Colorado schools, the Vietnam War, land rights, and other topics. Community advisers from across the state created El Movimiento in collaboration with museum staff.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Celebrates 75th Anniversary and National Historic Register Designation
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a world-famous outdoor music venue just 15 miles west of Denver and is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. In 2015, the park was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service; and in 2016, the amphitheater is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film documentary on the geologic and musical history and a Performer's Hall of Fame. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails in the surrounding park.
The Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,300 animals representing 650 species including Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons and Western lowland gorillas; and it is the greenest zoo in the country. Open daily with numerous animal shows, feedings and meet and greets, along with new animals and interactive exhibits, Denver Zoo is one of the city’s top cultural attractions.
NEW Tiger Exhibit: The Edge, debuted in June 2016
Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the park, The Edge will bring guests closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. The expansive, open space will also offer several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their native habitat.
NEW Traveling Exhibit: Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, Sep. 24, 2016 – Jan. 16, 2017
This amazing exhibit features 15 giant sculptures of sea life made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches. Developed by the non-profit group The Washed Ashore Project, the exhibit is meant to create awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution though art. This is the second traveling exhibit of its kind to come to Denver Zoo, and the first time it will be hosted by an inland, noncoastal location. The detailed and colorful sculptures all represent species that are directly impacted by marine debris, such as a sea turtle or a penguin. Each sculpture was created using hundreds of individual pieces. Sometimes those pieces are easily identifiable, like the flip flops that cover a sea lion pup’s face. Other times, they require closer looks and guests will be allowed to touch the sculptures.
University of Colorado A Line Commuter Rail Connecting Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport began service in April 2016
The 22.8-mile commuter rail transit corridor between downtown Denver’s Union Station and DEN opened on April 22, 2016. The trip costs $9 and takes 37 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes most of the day.
Union Station Redevelopment: Denver’s historic Union Station has become the Living Room of the city, integrating light rail, commuter rail, and intercity rail (Amtrak), as well as regional, express, and local bus service, the 16th Street MallRide, Downtown Circulator, and taxis, e-hail services, shuttles, vans, limousines, bicycles and pedestrians. It has also become a destination in and of itself, featuring restaurants from some of Denver’s top chefs, local shops and comfortable public areas where people can enjoy coffee or a beer and each other’s company.
eTuks, 100% electric three wheeled vehicles: This new Denver based company offers a fun alternative to pedicabs or Uber for short rides. eTuks can transport 4-6 people at a time within a 5-mile radius of Union Station, including Cherry Creek and LoHi.
Denver International Airport offers a variety of international, non-stop flights.
Denver International Airport (DEN) ranks as the second largest airport in the world by size, the sixth-busiest airport in the United States and the 19th-busiest airport in the world, handling more than 54 million passengers annually.
In the World Airport Awards, Denver ranked in the Top 10 for the following categories:
- Best Airports with 50 million+ Passengers: ranked 9th, making DEN the highest rated large American airport
- Best Airport Staff in North America: ranked 3rd behind Seattle and Vancouver
- Best Regional Airport in North America: ranked 1st
- Best Domestic Airport: ranked 2nd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
- Best Airports in North America: ranked 2nd behind Vancouver
- World’s Best Regional Airport: ranked 3rd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
DEN offers nonstop service from 20 international destinations in 9 countries (Germany, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Japan and Panama).
- In December 2015, Southwest Airlines added weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Charleston, S.C.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Norfolk, Va.
- Virgin America added its first ever Denver flight on March 15, 2016, a Denver to San Francisco route.
- Sun Country Airlines added daily nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Denver with service beginning May 2, 2016.
- German airline, Lufthansa, announced a nonstop flight from Denver to Munich that began service on May 11, 2016.
- Frontier Airlines will added nonstop flights from San Antonio, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Columbus, Ohio, in 2016.
- United Airlines began nonstop flights from Richmond, Va. to Denver in April 2016. More than 60,000 passengers currently travel between the two cities each year. The airline will also add direct flights from Denver to both Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica beginning December 18.
- Air Canada announced a nonstop flight from Denver to Montreal, slated to begin service on June 4, 2016.
- Direct service to Panama City began in December 2014 with connecting service throughout Central and South America.
A variety of airlines now connecting at DEN offer nonstop service to more than 181 destinations worldwide including: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Branson Air Express, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Denver Air Connection, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Aviation, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and Volaris.
2016 Special Events
Denver features a wide variety of events throughout the year; for a full list of events, visit www.Denver365.com.
Arts & Culture
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 30-31, Sloan’s Lake Park
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is a free family-friendly festival highlighting Colorado's rich Asian Pacific American heritage. A window to the Pan Asian world, this diverse festival is the only one of its kind in the United States. It showcases an array of traditional and contemporary performing arts, cultural customs, cuisine and a marketplace of unique and hard-to-find arts, crafts and vendors, in addition to two days of action-packed dragon boat racing.
Musical Performances & Festivals
Underground Music Showcase (UMS), July 28-31
One of the most popular music festivals in Denver, UMS features more than 400 local and national acts at more than 15 venues and stages all around the city. This year’s festival features such bands as POLIҪA, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-Las and local favorites The Yawpers.
Riot Fest, Sep. 2-4, National Western Complex
Riot Fest is a multi-day metal, rock, punk, hip-hop and alternative music festival that started in Chicago in 2005. It has since been such a success that it expanded to have stops in both Denver and Toronto. This independent music festival is full of the best of the best in each genre, from well-known artists to new artists and everything in between; and there is food, carnival rides and more entertainment. The lineup features Death Cab for Cutie, Jane's Addiction, Bad Religion, Tyler the Creator and more.
Denver Food + Wine Festival, Sept. 6-11, Multiple Locations
Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings, presented by co-sponsors Colorado Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado. Events include new and classic events like Dinner Under the Stars, a Culinary Cinema Series, SHAKE DOWN (a cocktail event) and the signature event, The Grand Tasting (Sept. 10). Denver Food + Wine Festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.
Sports & Recreation
Denver Yoga Festival, August 4-7, Downtown Denver
The Denver Yoga Festival features asana, kids activities, Kirtan, panel discussions, artistic workshops, outdoor adventures, and live music. This four-day event aims to bring together everyone who is interested in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.
FISE World Denver, September 3-5, 2016
FISE World Series stops for the first time in North America, and you can be sure to find a full program with skateboarding, BMX flat and BMX Freestyle Park on two exceptional sites: the Metropolitan State University and the Sculpture Park. AJ Anaya as well as a dozen other local athletes will be working hard to get the public and judges’ attention during this awesome event!
Awards & Accolades
We are the BEST PLACE TO LIVE: U.S. News & World Report launched a list of the country’s 100 Best Places To Live, and Denver came out on top. The rankings – based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life – were determined in part by a public survey and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the F.B.I. and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as other U.S. News rankings.
We are a TOP YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION: Denver was within the top 25 of Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2016 because of our new hotels, cultural attractions and culinary scene. An annual study by Allianz Global Assistance ranked Denver within the top ten spring break destinations in the U.S. (#6); and WalletHub named The Mile High City 8th in the Best Cities for Winter Travel.
We are BIKE FRIENDLY: The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Mile High City with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award (2015) based on the community’s commitment toward bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
We are LOVED: Denver was one of the five brands selected as the “Best Brand on Facebook” in Firebrand Group’s (2015) Firestarter Awards. Denver also was ranked as the fifth “Must-Visit City” in the country by the Huffington Post (2015). The ranking was based on data from the Hotel Price Index developed by Hotels.com to determine where Americans are visiting most.
We are a SPORTS CAPITAL: The Mile High City was named among the best cities in the nation for sports travel, according to a (2015) study by Hotels.com and SeatGeek. Home of the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos, Rockies, Avalanche, Mammoth, Rapids and Nuggets, came in No. 7 in the study, which ranked cities across the country based on sports popularity, average ticket price, destination popularity and average hotel price paid. Denver is also within the top ten sports cities for football fans, with Broncos Nation ranking sixth in the country according to WalletHub.
We are HAPPY: Colorado and Denver topped the happiness list based on a (2015) study of Twitter posts by Brandwatch.com measuring the happiest and least happy cities and states. According to the study, Denver residents reported the highest level of daily well-being.
We are CULTURED: A (2015) federal government survey ranked Colorado No. 1 in trips to theaters, concert halls and museums. National Endowment for the Arts data put Colorado significantly ahead of its peers, with nearly 52 percent of adults reporting attendance at live performing arts events, above the national average of 37.4 percent. An even greater number, 59.2 percent, say they went to a visual arts event, topping the country's average of 39 percent.
We are CREATIVE: According to Movoto Real Estate, Denver is the sixth most creative city in the nation, thanks to plenty of galleries, art schools, performing arts, stores and cultural exhibitions.
We are MUSICAL: With big-name acts in a naturally beautiful outdoor setting, Red Rocks Amphitheatre consistently ranks among the top concert venues in the country including a No. 2 ranking in a recent (2015) USA Today readers’ poll. Additionally, Travel & Leisure (2015) ranked Denver in the top 20 for “Best Music Scenes” and “Best Festivals.”
We are HEALTHY: Denver earned a No. 5 Healthiest City ranking by Forbes Magazine (2015). Denver ranked high in the health of its residents, 61 percent of whom are ranked as in "excellent or very good" physical health. The Mile-High City consistently earns high rankings as a top healthy city due, in part, to the city's prime location with easy access to all the recreational fun of the Rockies. The (2015) Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Colorado as having the sixth highest well-being in the nation. Additionally, BetterDoctor.Com released the (2015) Fit Cities Index, a ranking of the most active and most sedentary cities in the country. The ranking found that Denver was the sixth fittest city in the country.
We are a FOODIE CITY: Nerdwallet (2015) recently proclaimed Denver as a top ten city for “foodies” across America. The Mile High City earned the No 6 ranking among cities that are best for food-lovers. In the poll, Denver was a leader on the brewery and restaurant front ranking second for the number of breweries per capita and No. 11 for restaurants. Denver’s popular Larimer Square was selected as part of a USA Today (2015) list for top Dining Al Fresco neighborhoods across the United States. Also in Larimer Square, newcomer restaurant, Cart-Driver, was named to the (2015) list of the 21 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater.com.
We are INNOVATIVE: Denver ranked eighth among the nation’s 70 largest cities in a (2015) study called “The Innovative Transportation Index, released to compare cities based on the presence of new technologies impacting transportation. The study’s criteria included ride-sourcing services, car-sharing services, bike-share and ride-sharing systems, and virtual ticket purchasing. Additionally, InformationWeek, a business-technology news outlet, ranked Denver as the sixth best city for IT professionals in (2015). The ranking noted that Denver has particularly high demand for application developers and UX/UI designers.
We are GREEN: According to the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado ranks second in the nation for LEED building per capita and fifth in the nation in terms of the amount of square feet of LEED-certified space per state resident Colorado has been recognized for its work on the Colorado Convention Center and the Union Station project and added 95 LEED-certified projects representing 12,218,992 square feet of real estate, or 2.43 square feet per resident, in 2015, according to the council’s annual survey. Area Development also named The Mile High City the top “Location for Sustainable Economic Development.”
We are a CONVENTION CITY: Denver was, once again, named among the top 15 convention cities in the country by Cvent. (2015)
We are the BEST FOR BUSINESS. Denver topped Forbes’ 2015 list of Best Places for Business and Careers.
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