When it comes to meeting planning, Denver has it all: a state-of-the-art convention center; a central location; an international airport; a walkable downtown packed with shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural attractions; thousands of hotel rooms; and a convention bureau that knows how to create a successful event. On this page, you'll find some fast facts about Denver's truly extraordinary qualities.
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DEN)
- Nonstop service to more than 200 destinations worldwide
- Nearly 1,600 daily flights
- Fares to Denver International Airport have dropped nearly 42 percent in the last decade, the third-steepest drop in the U.S.
- DEN is a hub for three airlines: United, Southwest and Frontier
- More Info: www.flydenver.com
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM DEN
Location: 23 miles from Downtown Denver
Travel Time: Typically 30-40 minutes
Convenience: An airport rail line whisks visitors to the downtown area for only $10.50 each way (with discounts available)
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER
- 584,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space
- Mile High Ballroom – 50,000 square feet
- Four Seasons Ballroom – 35,000 square feet
- 63 meeting rooms
- Bellco Theatre – auditorium-style fixed seating for 5,000 people
- Located in the heart of downtown Denver
At VISIT DENVER, we pride ourselves on exceeding expectations and providing a high level of service. VISIT DENVER continues to be the recipient of an ever-growing list of awards and recognitions, which represent some of the industry's top service awards such as Successful Meeting's Pinnacle Award; Meeting & Convention Magazine's Gold Service Award; Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine's Award of Excellence; and Facilities Magazine's Top Destination Award.
PRE AND POST
A little business, a little pleasure: One out of three meeting attendees in Denver take a pre- or post-convention vacation – one reason why the city routinely breaks attendance records. Denver is the gateway to pre- and post-meeting adventure in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In a little more than an hour, you can hike or fly fish in Rocky Mountain National Park; play poker, blackjack and roulette in Old West mining towns; go river rafting down spectacular Clear Creek Canyon, or just relax in luxury at a variety of international ski and summer resorts like Vail, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek, Keystone and the Broadmoor.
Upscale and Affordable: Denver is the 23rd largest city in the U.S. in terms of metro area population and ranks about the same in national cost studies. The city has more than 2,000 restaurants (300 within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center). According to the 2012 Corporate Travel Index, Denver is a bargain, ranking 61st out of the top 100 cities in food costs, and is less expensive than all other major cities.
Feel at Ease: Denver's downtown has a mile-long pedestrian promenade, tree-lined streets, flower gardens, parks and outdoor cafes. More than 65,000 people live downtown in a 1.5-mile circle, mostly in lofts that are located above restaurants and shops or in nearby neighborhoods like Uptown, LoDo, RiNo, Riverfront and Highlands. The residents give downtown Denver a 24-hour atmosphere; there are always people on the streets in the areas between the convention center, restaurants and downtown hotels.
MILE HIGH SHOPPING & DINING
Shop 'til you Drop: Denver is the largest shopping center in a 600-mile radius with everything from Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus and H&M to one of the nation's largest independent bookstores, the Tattered Cover. Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North, just three miles from downtown, has nearly 500 department stores, art galleries, shops and boutiques, all in a deluxe ultra-upscale mall or on quiet tree-lined streets. The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian promenade that runs for more than a mile through the heart of downtown Denver. Shopping, dining and entertainment can be found everywhere you turn. If you're planning outdoor adventures, you'll also find a vast array of sporting goods stores here.
Denver Dining: Denver has 2,000 restaurants (300 downtown within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center), serving all varieties of cuisine. Area specialties include Southwestern dishes, buffalo, Colorado beef and lamb and fresh produce such as succulent Palisade peaches and sweet Olathe corn. The city is gaining a reputation for its innovative collection of farm-to-table, chef-owned restaurants.
Enjoy a Tall, Frosty One: Denver brews more beer than any other city with 200 different beers brewed in town daily and at the Coors Brewing Company, the largest single brewing site on earth. The world's largest beer festival is held every September, the Great American Beer Festival®, with a Guinness World Record 2,800 different beers available for tasting in 2013.
ARTS & CULTURE
Cultural delights: The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second largest in the nation with 10 venues seating 10,000 for opera, theater, symphony and ballet.
In Denver, you are never far from nature: Denver has the nation's largest city park system. In City Park, you'll find the massive Denver Museum of Nature & Science. In 2012, the Denver Zoo opened the Toyota Elephant Passage, while the Denver Botanic Gardens is regarded as one of the finest in the nation.
Mile high art: Visit the amazing Denver Art Museum, with its striking building designed by Daniel Libeskind and explore one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Native American artworks. Next door, the Clyfford Still Museum showcases masterpieces from the nearly 2,000-piece collection of the famed American abstract artist. The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, meanwhile, houses three major collections: paintings by namesake artist Vance Kirkland, fine and decorative art by other Colorado and regional artists and international decorative art.
MILE HIGH SPORTS CAPITAL
A sports fan's dream city: Denver is one of only two cities to offer seven professional sports teams! With five sports stadiums, Denver offers MLB baseball with the Colorado Rockies; NFL football with the Denver Broncos; NHL hockey with the Colorado Avalanche; NBA basketball with the Denver Nuggets; MLS with the Colorado Rapids; as well as two professional lacrosse teams.
Hit the links: Denver has 90 golf courses that remain open all year long and have been played as often as 30 days in January.
A two-wheel town: Denver boasts 85 miles of bike trails, all part of the largest city park system in the nation.
DENVER DAY TRIPS
Wide-open spaces: Half of Colorado is public land open to all forms of recreation in more than two dozen national parks, monuments and forests.
The incomparable Rocky Mountain National Park: 412 square miles of waterfalls, lakes and high mountain valleys just 70 miles from Denver.
Test your luck: The old gold mining towns of Central City and Black Hawk, located just 34 miles west of Denver, have come alive in recent years thanks to casino gambling and Wild West charm. Casinos are open 24 hours and feature roulette, craps, blackjack and betting limits up to $100.
The best skiing in the world: Denver owns its own ski area – Winter Park Resort, boasting 350 inches of annual snowfall. Many of Colorado's top ski resorts including Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain and Winter Park, are just a little more than an hour from Denver.
Natural and manmade wonders: Garden of the Gods is an unusual geologic formation of brilliant red rocks, located at the base of Pikes Peak an hour from Denver. Royal Gorge, the world's highest suspension bridge, is two hours from the city. You can walk or drive across the bridge, descend to the bottom of the canyon on the world's steepest incline railroad, take a train through the canyon or ride down the rapids in a rubber raft.
Road trip through the clouds: Mountain goats are a common sight on the Mount Evans Highway, which climbs to 14,260 feet above sea level, making it the highest paved road in North America.
Mild, sunny and Mile High: While the Rocky Mountains are still snowcapped, Denver enjoys an early spring with delightfully warm, sunny days. 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. Denver receives more hours of annual sunshine than San Diego or Miami Beach, so 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.
DOWNTOWN HOTEL PACKAGE
Easy access: Downtown Denver is home to more than 11,000 rooms within short walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center, including an adjacent 1,100-room Hyatt Regency, the 1,200-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, the 615-room Hilton Denver City Center, the 511-room Grand Hyatt and the 430-room Westin Tabor Center.
Unique boutiques: Downtown also boasts upscale boutique hotels like the Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton Denver, Four Seasons Denver, Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Hotel Teatro, Hotel Monaco, The Curtis Hotel, The Maven Hotel, The Oxford Hotel and the Warwick Denver Hotel.
Low-cost convenience: There are a number of convenient and affordable downtown chain hotels such as the Comfort Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites Denver-Colorado Convention Center, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Magnolia and Residence Inn.
METRO HOTEL PACKAGE
Plenty of rooms: Metro Denver has 50,000 first-class hotel rooms in the area, conveniently linked to downtown by efficient highways and light rail - just one reason why Denver beat out 26 other cities to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention. There are more than a dozen hotels in the Denver Tech Center led by the 628-room Denver Marriott Tech Center, all with easy-to-use light rail service to downtown.
Luxurious resorts: Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Boulder and Denver, the Westin Westminster offers 369 luxury rooms with mountain or park views. The Omni Interlocken Resort has 390 rooms, a spa and 4-star golf course, while the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center has 302 rooms and a championship golf course