The Mile High City is all about outdoor living - from exciting winter sports to a superb selection of city parks. And, with rich culture and history to draw on too, it’s no surprise Denver is popular with visitors from around the world.
With crisp snow in the winter and mild sunny summers, Denver’s climate is one of its big appeals. And, with so many outdoor attractions, this seasonal variation is a perfect fit.
Throughout the year there are plenty of festivals and celebrations. From the National Western Rodeo and Stock show, at the beginning of the year, to the Cinco de Mayo, Great American Beer Festival and Oktoberfest – there’s always something going on.
In the winter, the proximity of ski and winter sports means flights can get booked up and generally cost a little more than in the summer. But with 200 parks and hundreds of miles of trails to explore, visiting in the warmer period is still a great time to book plane tickets to Denver.
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There are numerous flights to Denver, Colorado from multiple US cities.
Denver International Airport is the main commercial hub serving the city. It’s the largest airport in the US by land area and boasts the longest public use runway too. As one of the top 20 busiest airports in the world, it handles more than 58 million passengers each year.
There are numerous ground transportation options, including commuter rail services, buses, private shuttles, taxis and rental cars. The Regional Transportation District runs three major services. The bus service is called the SkyRide, and there are Express and Limited routes in operation too. There is also a rail link to Denver Union Station with trains running between the airport and downtown, taking 37 minutes.
Direct Denver flights are available from a number of different carriers.
Denver’s city grid layout makes it quite easy to navigate your way around. Numbered streets run east to west and named streets run north to south.
If you’re traveling for any length outside of the city center, renting a car is a good idea. Prices tend to be affordable, with a selection of both local and national providers available. In the city, parking is generally good, but many neighborhoods have meters.
Public transport includes light rail services and a comprehensive TRD bus network. Cyclists will also enjoy the large network of cycle paths around the city.
There’s culture too: the Denver Art Museum has collected art from all over the world and requires a good few hours to explore in detail.
Denver is called the Mile High City for a reason. And while not everyone notices it, the altitude can have an adverse effect. If you’re noticing difficulty breathing, try drinking plenty of water, avoid alcohol and eat foods that are rich in potassium, such as bananas and broccoli. It should pass as your body gets accustomed to the thinner air, but try and avoid strenuous exercise until it does.
Denver’s mild climate is its best-kept secret, with low relative humidity and summer averages of just 86 degrees. No wonder, then, that locals anticipate the summer almost as much as the snowpack. And they’re certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to getting outdoors. Denver is home to the nation’s largest city park system with 200 parks within city limits and more than 850 miles of paved, off-road bike trails to explore. Golf courses remain open year-round.
Any season, pick a day and a theme, and the Mile High City will probably have that celebration. January commemorates Denver’s western roots with the National Western Rodeo and Stock Show, including a parade with cowboys driving Texas Longhorn cattle through the downtown streets. Many other celebrations throughout the year offer a nod to the city’s cultural diversity, among them: Cinco de Mayo Festival, Greek Festival, and Denver PrideFest.
Known as the Napa Valley of Beer, Denver’s downtown overflows with brewpubs such as Wynkoop Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Brewery, and Breckenridge Brewery & Pub. Although anytime is good for a cold one, the best citywide celebrations of beer are during September: Denver Beer Fest, Oktoberfest, and the Great American Beer Festival.
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