FLIGHTS TO DENVER, CO

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Denver in Brief

Home to 3.5 million people and located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver grew as the center of America’s booming gold rush in the late 1800’s. Today, it’s much better known for its natural beauty and popular winter tourist destinations, close to some of the country’s best skiing. 

Aside from snow sports, Denver’s home to eight professional sports teams including well-known teams the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos. Plus, more unique Denver teams like The Denver Outlaws, a major leagues lacrosse team. In regards to industries, the city’s home to giants in healthcare and technology, with an economy that’s growing in many industries outside of tourism.

Also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, the city of Denver offers several art and music venues not to be missed. For a different type of beauty, step into any of the city’s 200 parks — especially the massive 314-acre City Park. Whether you’re simply stopping in on your way to the slopes, or flying to Denver just to take on the town, you’ll find plenty to explore in this growing cosmopolitan center. 

Denver Airport

With a large central terminal, plus A, B and C gates, the Denver airport serves millions of passengers annually. It connects to over 187 destinations in the United States and abroad. Visitors will be delighted to find free Wi-Fi, some of the fastest at any U.S. airport.

Unlike many large airports, the Denver International Airport offers unique art and architecture throughout - including the easily-recognizable fiberglass roof, featuring distinct points reminiscent of mountains. The airport’s also unique in its environmentally-friendly power systems, generating some of the hub’s needed power through solar energy. 

Denver Airport Transportation

  • For a fee of $9, travelers can take the A Line Rail Service to Downtown Union Station from the Denver International Airport (DIA). There are several stops along the way, including the River North Arts District, and the ride takes about 40 minutes.
  • Shuttles and charter buses provide pre-arranged service to many resorts and other areas in Colorado. Be sure to book in advance with an individual shuttle carrier. 
  • At the Denver International Airport (DIA), you can also access a variety of shared ride services, plus Uber and Lyft, in the ground transportation area.

Denver Activities

Through the decades, Denver evolved as a growing cultural and urban center that’s truly worth a visit. With expanding arts, music and culinary scenes, Denver now offers as much in the city as it does in the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Discover the great brewpubs and city parks, historic architecture and laid back city vibes. Follow up your city visit by exploring the stunning wilderness surrounding the city.

Dining

From a stop at fast-casual joints like Biju’s Little Curry Shop or Cart Driver to finding farmer’s market tacos to enjoying a more elevated experience at any of Denver’s fine dining establishments, you’ll find something to enjoy in Denver and the surrounding neighborhoods. There’s quite a few locations specializing in wood-fired food, so you’re sure to find something warm and savory after a few days on the slopes. Don’t forget to fly in just in time for Sunday brunch too, since many restaurants offer hearty mountain brunches - a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Start your dining trek in LoHi (in the lower part of the Highland neighborhood), then find even more eateries at the popular South Pearl Street. 

Art and Culture

To dive in to Denver’s arts and culture, fly in then head straight to River North. Better known as ‘RiNo’ this neighborhood sits just north of downtown Denver and hosts many creative businesses, including visual artists, architects, studio spaces, galleries, performance, music and so much more. Shop or simply take in the street art dotting the neighborhood, driven by The Crush independent street art festival. For a more curated approach, visit any of Denver’s museums like Denver Museum of Nature & Science or the Denver Art Museum. 

Snow Sports

Unlike some slopes in other locations, Colorado slopes are always open to both skiers and snowboarders. Fly in to Denver then hit the slopes close to town at Loveland, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain. Most are no more than a few hours outside of the city and many offer resorts and on-site lodging - so you can fly to Denver, enjoy great skiing nearby, then return to the city before the end of your trip. 

Offseason

Though it’s certainly worth flying to Denver to ski and snowboard, you’ll still find much to do and enjoy during the offseason months. Visit in the spring or summer for events like the Denver Chalk Art Festival or Denver Pridefest. Stay and enjoy excellent hiking in and out of the city, biking on Denver Bike Trails or a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field. When you visit Denver in the fall, take in the colorful leaves of the mountains, then stick around for Denver Arts Week or The Great American Beer Festival, both held annually.   

For the Family

Taking the little ones to ski or hosting a big group in the summer? You’ll find plenty to do for visitors of any age when you stay in Denver. When in the city, start by exploring City Park on bike or foot. For more biking, rent a bike or use ride-sharing B-Cycle to explore the expansive 85 miles of biking trails. Discover natural wonders at the Downtown Aquarium, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo. Or even find kayaking, whitewater rafting and high-flying zip-lining just minutes from the city. 

Attire (What to Pack)

Denver is a destination that experiences both cold and hot weather, so packing for your trip often depends on the season. In the winter, dress in layers with a sturdy outer layer to keep out the cold if you’re headed outside the city. In the summer, highs can reach the 90s - so bring summer-friendly clothing with a pullover or sweater for chilly mornings. To blend in with the locals, don’t go too formal with your outfit choices unless an event calls for it. 

Denver Hotels

Outside of the ski & snowboard resorts you’ll find surrounding the city, Denver city proper offers a mix of boutique and chain lodgings - located across Denver’s bustling mix of neighborhoods. If you’re seeking a luxurious hotel stay, find many to choose from. For a stay as vibrant as the thriving Denver arts scene, stay at the ART. True to its name, this unique hotel sports an art collection rivaling many museums.

To stay at the heart of it all in Denver Union Station, find an array of rooms and suites at The Crawford Hotel. You can also try The Oxford Hotel for a truly historic experience, since the hotel used to be a speakeasy. For airport access, try the new Westin Denver International Airport. Or if you’re seeking something other than a hotel or lodgings for a big group, find stays with Delta partner Airbnb.  

Denver Weather

Some visitors are surprised to find that the sun shines in Denver - with around 300 days of sunny skies a year. In the city itself, mild winters lead to highs around 45 degrees with little snow on the ground in the city itself. Summers tend to reach highs in the mid-80s, with cooler mornings and evenings due to the city’s mile-high elevation. Throughout the year, Denver enjoys a distinct change-of-seasons with warm summers and chilly winters in an arid region, with very little humidity. Known as the ‘Mile High City’, Denver’s high 5,280-foot elevation and arid climate can affect visitors - so be sure to hydrate before you visit and avoid any negative effects of altitude adjustment.