The latest and greatest in 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 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 in August 2017, the new Kimpton is located adjacent to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 199-room hotel features 8,300 square-feet of meeting space, including a street-level patio and rooftop patio, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center and two local-inspired, chef-driven restaurants and bars.
This 172-room boutique hotel opened in March 2017, and it is part of the Dairy Block mixed-use development near Denver Union Station, featuring 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The modern guest rooms feature a rich color palette and loft-style décor with high ceilings and large windows. Innovative room types include The Maven Bunk Rooms and 11 expansive suites. The Maven is also home to the divisible 2,300 square foot Windsor event space that can accommodate groups of up to 200 people, with hardwood floors and a mixture of exposed brick and wood walls. Other features include access to the Dairy Block’s 4,500 square foot fitness center as well as group fitness classes and relaxing spa and salon services at The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon.
Anchoring downtown Denver’s thriving Union Station neighborhood, Hotel Indigo Denver delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the Mile High City. Opened in January 2017, the hotel’s 180 guestrooms within the LEED-Certified building feature hardwood floors, polished concrete ceilings, interior sliding barn doors, oversized desk space, and murals depicting Denver, the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s Front Range. Other highlights include 1,188 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, a 24-hour fitness studio and easy access to many of Denver’s attractions. Hotel Indigo Denver also offers a range of amenities for guests’ furry friends, as well as a warm welcome from the hotel’s resident dog ambassador, Barkly.
Opened in September 2016, this 87-room property is located near Denver’s Highlands neighborhood and features a rooftop patio and small meeting spaces.
This seven-story independent luxury property opened in August 2016. It features 155 rooms and approximately 3,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The seven-story hotel features 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 into the space.
Moxy Denver/Cherry Creek
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 Fall 2017 and will be the first Moxy branded hotel in Denver.
Le Meridien/AC Hotels Denver Downtown
This dual-branded, 18-story hotel tower in the heart of downtown Denver will feature a 233-room AC Hotels by Marriott hotel and a 272-room Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel. It is scheduled to open in September 2017 and will be the first new U.S property to open under the recent Marriott and Starwood merger.
The Rollnick Hotel
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. It is expected to open in late 2017. The brand is also planning to build a property in downtown Denver.
The Source Hotel
This 100-room hotel will be located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace and will be the first hotel in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) district. The 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 late 2017.
Staybridge Suites Denver Downtown
This 111-room extended stay hotel will open in the refurbished Tremont Place Complex in January 2018.
The Ramble Hotel
The Ramble Hotel, an independently owned, three-story hotel will open in Denver’s RiNo (River North) Art District in early 2018 with 50 guestrooms; an intimate theatre and bar; flexible meeting space; a small retail outlet; an outdoor courtyard; an independently owned restaurant; and a marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver. The bar marks the first outpost outside of its original location in New York’s East Village, which opened to immediate acclaim in 2006.
Hilton Garden Inn Union Station
Denver’s Union Station neighborhood will soon be home to a twelve-story Hilton Garden Inn. The 233-room hotel will open in early 2018 and feature a rooftop amenity deck, 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a hotel restaurant located within a Denver historic landmark.
Element Hotel, by Marriott
Offering 157 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom guest rooms that also feature full kitchenettes is expected to open in downtown Denver in late 2018. It will also feature a full restaurant and bar.
The century-old hotel and iconic jazz hotspot in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhoods will be renovated and expanded to include 105 rooms.
More than 220 restaurants opened in Denver in 2016, and two Denver chefs were semifinalists for the prestigious 2017 James Beard Awards, including Fruitions’s Alex Seidel and Acorn’s Steven Redzikowski, who was further honored as a Nominee. 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; and renowned culinary guide, Zagat, named Denver the third “Hottest Food City” of 2016.
Denver Union Station
Denver’s historic train terminal reopened in July 2014 with 10 new restaurants, bars and fine retailers. Local powerhouse chef Jennifer Jasinski (2013 James Beard Award Best Chef Southwest and 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef) opened Stoic & Genuine, a seafood-centric restaurant in the tradition of Grand Central Station’s Oyster Bar. In 2017, Jasinski will open her highly anticipated fifth Denver concept, Ultreia – a tapas restaurant, in Denver Union Station.
Alex Seidel (2016 & 2017 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest) owns Mercantile dining & provision, featuring food items from his farm located in nearby Larkspur, CO. Homegrown brunch hotspot, Snooze, brings energy, creativity and delicious food to the morning. Snooze features iconic pancakes, morning cocktails and a huge patio.
Denver Union Station also includes Terminal Bar, situated in the station’s old ticket window and featuring more than 30 Colorado beers on tap. Terminal Bar recently opened a second outpost on the opposite end of the grand hall as well as Plaza Beer Garden. Cocktail lovers can enjoy hand crafted libations in Cooper Lounge, which was named Bon Appetit’s “Most Posh Bar in a Train Station,” overlooking the grand hall. Next Door, a branch of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, is also located in Denver Union Station.
During the summer months, Denver Union Station visitors can stock up on farm fresh items at the weekly farmers’ market; and patrons can enjoy products throughout the station made with honey from the building’s rooftop honeybee colonies.
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.
The famous Larimer Square is the city’s most historic block and home to some of Denver’s signature restaurants. Frank Bonanno, 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Restaurateur, owns four concepts on the block, including Osteria Marco, Green Russell, Russell’s Smokehouse and Wednesday’s Pie. Jennifer Jasinski of Stoic & Genuine (above) made her first mark with the French-inspired Bistro Vendôme, followed swiftly by Mediterranean-centric Rioja and beer hall-style Euclid Hall. Milk & Honey bar-kitchen serves creative New American food and craft cocktails; and the Crimson Room is a new hotspot featuring hand crafted cocktails and nightly live jazz music.
Avelina, the newest concept to feature popular Denver husband-wife duo, John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, opened in September 2016. The menu features New American cuisine steeped in Chef John Broening’s roots in Italian, French and other European cooking.
Restaurants that have opened in 2017 include Hearth & Dram (an open-flame concept with a vast whiskey selection in the Indigo Hotel, January), The Maven Hotel’s Kachina (Southwestern; March) and Poka Lola Social Club (crafted cocktails; March), STK (Denver outlet for the New York concept; January), Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar (Southern classics with a Rocky Mountain twist; April) and French 75 (Denver legend Frank Bonanno’s newest concept, July), among others. Popular jazz bar, Dazzle, relocated to the former Baur’s candy building in early summer, bringing even more live jazz to the heart of downtown.
Even more restaurants are expected to open in LoDo this year, including Urban Farmer (a steakhouse in The Oxford Hotel; late-summer), Tavernetta (pan-regional Italian; winter) and more.
LoHi (Lower Highlands)
Connected to downtown by three pedestrian bridges, LoHi boasts 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.” Directly adjacent to Linger is the ever-popular Little Man Ice Cream, an ice cream shop with unique flavors including Salted Oreo and Earl Grey Tea & Cookies.
New restaurants in LoHi include Vital Root (from the creators of Denver mainstays Linger, Root Down and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox) and El Five (from the same group) – which has a spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains. There, which boasts globally-inspired dishes using Colorado ingredients, is quickly becoming a neighborhood hot spot.
Colt & Gray and award-winning Old Major are neighborhood favorites; and My Brother’s Bar is a Denver institution, once frequented by beat generation legends Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.
RiNo (River North)
RiNo is a former industrial neighborhood now filled with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and even two urban wineries.
The Source, a former brick foundry building, now houses a bakery, butcher, florist, the acclaimed Acorn restaurant, street tacos at Comida and Crooked Stave Brewing, known for its sour beers.
Across the street from The Source is the Great Divide Barrel Room, which opened in July 2015. Just north of The Source on Brighton Blvd., Bigsby’s Folly opened in mid-2017 and serves its wine (made in-house) alongside a full menu. Down the block, Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery is known for its canned sparkling wines, while Epic, Black Shirt, Ratio, Beryl’s and Our Mutual Friend are just some of Denver’s craft breweries located in the city’s most concentrated neighborhood of breweries.
Work & Class (from 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist Dana Rodriguez), Cart-Driver and Stowaway are just some of the restaurants in RiNo gaining national buzz. Nocturne, a live-music venue and restaurant honoring the deep jazz history of Denver, opened in February 2015.
Opened in August 2016, Denver Central Market in RiNo is Denver’s third food hall and marketplace and most recent hotspot, placing the city at the forefront of the nationwide trend; and it features a selection of 13 local food purveyors – a produce shop, coffee shop, fish shop, butcher and bakery, wood-fired pizza place and chocolate maker, among others, plus outdoor public murals by local artists.
From Denver restaurateur, Troy Guard, Mister Tuna opened in July 2016 and features Hawaiian-inspired seafood, wood-fired and rotisserie meats and an eclectic wine list and cocktail assortment.
The newest location of popular Denver Italian restaurant, Il Posto, made its debut in January 2017; after nine years at its original location, the new spot is double the size, but still features the same spectacular cuisine stylings from Chef/Owner, Andrea Frizzi. In keeping with the artistic roots of the neighborhood, the bar is made of marble from the same quarry as Michelangelo’s David; and the largest Bocci chandelier in the world illuminates the space.
Restaurants expected to open in RiNo in 2017 include the mixed-use Zeppelin Station (from the creators of TAXI and The Source) and Julep (from the former head butcher at Colt & Gray), and many more.
South Broadway and Baker
Another hip neighborhood, South Broadway, is just one mile south of downtown. It has a distinct feel with everything from fine dining at Beatrice & Woodsley to unique homemade flavors at Sweet Action Ice Cream, to bowling, darts or ski-ball at Punch Bowl Social and more.
Popular South Broadway restaurants include Cho 77 – a second Asian street food-fusion concept from Lon Symensma of ChoLon; Leña – a communal, tapas-style restaurant featuring Latin and South American dishes; Chowder Room, a casual, fresh seafood restaurant; and Gozo – a Mediterranean restaurant with a relaxed approach to fine dining.
The Post Chicken & Beer, a local chain with down-home Southern food and beer from The Post Brewing Co., opened on South Broadway in January 2017. The Post’s beers join several South Broadway and Baker favorite breweries, including TRVE Brewing Co., Crazy Mountain Brewing Company and more.
Long known as Denver’s premier dining and shopping neighborhood, Cherry Creek is undergoing a culinary renaissance. Recently added to the dining scene in this upscale neighborhood are Departure (August 2016), a modern Asian kitchen and Quality Italian, a contemporary Italian chophouse, in the Halcyon hotel; Matsuhisa (April 2016), an upscale sushi concept from renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa; and SOL Mexican Cocina (August 2016), a Baja-inspired Mexican eatery with creative takes on traditional dishes.
The Kitchen restaurant group will also open a Cherry Creek concept in 2017.
Denver’s Food Trucks
Food trucks in Denver are slinging gourmet street eats 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 arepas to ice cream sandwiches, southern-style barbeque, street tacos and even vegan creations. The trucks can be found throughout the city every day; and every week throughout the summer, from Tuesday through Thursday, 25-30 food trucks congregate downtown at the food truck roundup called Civic Center EATS.
Denver's Beer Scene
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 65 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 2016-2017 edition is the largest yet; it features 27 must-try local 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 40 craft distilleries producing whiskey, brandy, vodka, gin and rum in Denver and the metro area. The largest distillery in Colorado is Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which is located in Denver, and offers free tours daily.
Laws 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 12 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. Bigsby’s Folly is also a new urban winery, serving excellent wines alongside their delicious food menu.
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.
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. The Gio Ponti-designed North Building will undergo a $150 million revitalization project, beginning in late-2017.
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, through October 22, 2017
Denver Art Museum’s Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Energizing and vibrant artwork is presented by Denver artists and Dmitri Obergfell and Jaime Carrejo, as well as Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe) and Xochi Solis (Austin).
Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, October 22, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Her Paris is a traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts that surveys the artistic contributions of women in Paris during the second half of the 19th century, revealing the breadth and strength of their achievements. The exhibition will feature more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from across Europe and America, who migrated to Paris to further their artistic careers. They range from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot (French), Mary Cassatt (American) and Rosa Bonheur (French), to painters who are lesser-known in the United States, including Anna Ancher (Danish) and Paula Modersohn-Becker (German).
Degas: A Passion for Perfection, opens February 11, 2018
Appearing for the only time in the United States at Denver Art Museum, Degas: A Passion for Perfection will showcase prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906. More than 100 works consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures in bronze will be on view. The exhibition will focus on the most prominent and recurring themes throughout Degas’ 60-year career. These include his interest in learning from the art of the past and from that of his contemporaries, a lifelong fascination with the nude, a passion for horses, and his strong interest in opera and dance.
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.
Nature’s Amazing Machines, June 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s upcoming exhibition, Nature’s Amazing Machines, uses real objects, scientific models, and fun interactives to show the marvels of natural engineering. It will demonstrate fascinating natural feats such as how a giraffe’s heart pumps blood up its long neck, how a toucan stays cool in the jungle, how insects breathe without lungs and how it might feel to fly. It will also showcase technological breakthroughs such as Velcro, wind turbines and chainsaws where humans mined and mimicked the ingenuity deep in nature’s invisible workings.
Ultimate Dinosaurs, October 6, 2017 – January 15, 2018
This exhibition will go beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new discoveries from Africa, South America and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures ever on display. The exhibit will feature dozens of life-size fossils and casts alongside augmented reality displays of the creatures in lifelike settings.
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. Recently, the gardens have been attracting summer blockbuster exhibitions – Calder: Monumental is still showing through late-September.
Calder: Monumental, through September 24, 2017
American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold energetic sculptures. Calder: Monumental features his iconic works of bolted steel plate –which rise in sweeping curves, or puncture space with geometric lines – revealing the artist's exploration of forms, volumes, and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder's large, lively abstractions will interact with the surrounding landscape to create a unique spectacle at Denver Botanic Gardens.
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 (Aug. 17 – Oct. 1, 2017); the sure-to-be-hit is not slated to open on Broadway until 2018. In June of 2016, the organization announced that the national tour of Broadway’s Hamilton will play Buell Theatre from February 27 – April 1, 2018.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is completing its new home in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle, and it is scheduled to open in early 2018. 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 previous location closed on May 2, 2016.
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.
Backstory: Western American Art in Context, through February 11, 2018
Artists of the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries captured the landscapes and people of a rapidly changing West—as events set in motion dynamics that still shape the region to this day. Backstory pairs nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum’s renowned collection with History Colorado’s wealth of artifacts to tell the stories beyond the art.
Clyfford Still Museum
The Clyfford Still Museum opened in November of 2011 to promote public and scholarly understanding of the life and work of Clyfford Still (1904–80). Considered one of the most important painters of the twentieth century, Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years following World War II. In addition to approximately 9,000 square feet of exhibition space devoted solely to the artist’s work, the Museum also houses the Clyfford Still Museum Archives and the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor music venue just fifteen 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 celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film documentary on the geologic and musical history and a Performers 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.
The Summer Concert Series runs through mid-October, and upcoming shows include hometown heroes Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Sam Hunt, Muse, and Kings of Leon among others.
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
Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the park, The Edge debuted in March 2017, bringing guests closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. The expansive, open space also offers several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their native habitat.
DINOS! Live, July 1 – October 31, 2017
Denver Zoo will take visitors back in time with DINOS! Live, an exhibit through which 17 animatronic dinosaurs will come to life around the park. Guests will see Mesozoic marvels, from a tyrannosaurus rex to a stegosaurus, and be able to compare them to animals that live at the Zoo and in the wild today.
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 during peak hours, and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.
Events at DEN comes to the plaza
With the 2015 opening of the 82,000-square-foot open-air plaza outside the Westin Denver International Airport (DEN) came a new opportunity to showcase Denver arts, events and entertainment like never before. “Events at DEN” brings those opportunities to life though an ongoing series of public events that is bringing family friendly entertainment, activities, music, movies and more to the plaza. The 2017 lineup includes events like: an ice skating rink on the plaza; Colorado Adventures (zipline, climbing wall, virtual fly fishing); a solar doghouse competition; movie screenings via the “Film on the Fly” series; the return of DEN’s Beer Flights beer garden and more. The plaza connects the terminal to the hotel and is covered by a canopy, providing both covered and uncovered areas for activities. The plaza is located pre-security, is open to the public and is accessible just steps from the new University of Colorado A Line station at DEN, or a short walk from the airport parking garages.
Great Hall kicks off pre-development
In summer 2016, DEN signed a pre-development agreement with Great Hall Partners to design needed improvements to the Jeppesen Terminal while also moving the TSA checkpoints out of the terminal’s Great Hall area. The Great Hall project aims to embrace a new, modern airport experience through three main areas of improvement: consolidating the airline ticket counters and consolidating and relocating the TSA screening areas to level 6; modifying the baggage handling system in and under the terminal to support the relocated ticket counters; and redesigning the shopping, dining and overall passenger experiences available in the terminal.
Denver Union Station Redevelopment
Denver’s historic Union Station has become the “city’s living room,” 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 Denver 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 18th-busiest airport in the world, handling a record-breaking 58 million passengers in 2016.
In the 2017 World Airport Awards, Denver ranked in the Top 10 for the following categories:
- Best Airports with 50 million+ Passengers: ranked 3rd, making DEN the highest -rated large American airport
- Best Airport Staff in North America: ranked 4th behind Seattle and Vancouver
- Best Regional Airport in North America: ranked 2nd
- 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 4th, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
DEN offers nonstop service from 25 international destinations in 11 countries (France, Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama and Japan).
- In August 2017, WestJet announced that it will begin nonstop service from DEN to Calgary, Canada beginning March 8, 2018.
- In July 2017, Norwegian Air revealed plans for nonstop service between Denver and Paris, France, beginning in April 2018; Edelweiss Air announced nonstop service to Zurich, beginning June 4, 2018; and United announced seasonal nonstop service to London-Heathrow beginning March 24, 2018.
- In March 2017, Southwest Airlines launched a seasonal nonstop flight from Denver to Belize City, Belize.
- In April 2017, Norwegian Air announced a nonstop flight to London-Gatwick from Denver that will begin in September 2017.
- Also in April 2017, Copa Airlines announced a nonstop flight to Panama City from Denver beginning December 11, 2017. This will also provide greater connectivity to various countries in Central and South America.
- In December 2016, Volaris began nonstop service from Monterrey, Mexico; Great Lakes Airlines began nonstop service to Telluride, CO; and Allegiant Air began nonstop service to Montrose, CO.
- In October 2016, IcelandAir announced that it would begin service on two additional nonstop flights between Denver and Reykjavik, which began in June 2017, increasing the number of nonstop flights weekly to nine.
- On June 4, 2016 Air Canada began a nonstop flight from Denver to Montreal.
- German airline, Lufthansa, launched a nonstop flight from Denver to Munich that began service on May 11, 2016 and increased to daily service in March 2017.
A variety of airlines now connecting at DEN offer nonstop service to more than 180 destinations worldwide including: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Boutique Air, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Delta Air Lines, Denver Air Connection, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, PenAir, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, Virgin America Volaris and WestJet.
Denver features a wide variety of events throughout the year; for a full list of events, visit www.Denver365.com.
- A Taste of Colorado (September 1-4) – This festival, held in Denver’s Civic Center Park and on the surrounding streets, highlights some of Colorado’s favorite food establishments – from ethnic specialties to traditional favorites, diners can enjoy full-sized or sample portions of their favorites throughout the festival.
- Denver Food + Wine Festival (September 5-10) - Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Events include new and classic options like Dinner Under the Stars, a Culinary Cinema Series, SHAKE DOWN (a cocktail event) and the signature event, The Grand Tasting. Denver Food + Wine Festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.
- Denver Beer Fest (September 29 – October 7) – Denver Beer Fest is a nine-day celebration leading up to the Great American Beer Festival – the largest beer festival in the world. This year’s ninth annual Denver Beer Fest will feature dozens of beer related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions around the city. From firkin tappings to midnight beer brunches to tap takeovers to a beer street party, there is an event for every type of beer lover.
- Great American Beer Festival (October 5-7) – Great American Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the world; and each year, it represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served – in both a public tasting event plus a private competition. The festival takes place at the Colorado Convention Center and brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation.
- U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (October 5-15) – The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 student design competition will challenge 14 collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The city of Denver competed with several other cities to win the opportunity to host the Solar Decathlon, which will feature a free public exhibition of the houses, a community festivals, a sustainability expo, professional development and consumer workshops and education days over the course of the 10-day event.
- 40th Annual Denver Film Festival (November 2-13) – The Denver Film Festival is the largest premier film celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region. Hosted by Denver Film Society, which works to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum, The Denver Film Festival showcases blockbusters, documentaries, shorts and independent films at a variety of venues around the city.
- Denver Arts Week (November 3-11) – The 11th annual Denver Arts Week will be an eight-day celebration The Mile High City’s vibrant arts and cultural communities, featuring more than 300 discounted events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls in multiple neighborhoods. Signature Denver Arts Week events include Know Your Arts First Friday, an evening when galleries and studios are open for people to explore; and Free Night at the Museums, when Denver’s best museums stay open late and admission is free.
- Mile High Holidays (beginning November 24) – Denver comes to life during the winter holiday season, and the festivities kick off in November with the City & County Building’s and downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination – the largest holiday lights display in Denver. The performing arts scene gets festive beginning in November, too, with holiday classics like A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker alongside some new favorites.