Jul 19 – 24, 2024
America/Denver timezone


Places to Visit in Denver

Lower Downtown (LoDo)

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 1.2 km (4 mins by car)

LoDo is home to nearly 100 restaurants, clubs, galleries, shops, and hospitality businesses, making it the perfect place to explore for residents and tourists alike. Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, a night out on the town, or some unique shopping, you’ll find it all in LoDo.

16th Street Mall

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 1.5 km (5 mins by car)

The Mall, a red-and-gray granite pedestrian promenade with trees lining it, was constructed in 1982 and winds through the heart of Downtown. It is surrounded with shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, restored ancient office buildings, and sparkling skyscrapers with glass walls. A wide range of daily entertainment and special events are provided by the numerous fountains and plazas. Free shuttle buses run seven days a week along the mile-long Mall.

Larimer Square

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 1.0 km (4 mins by car)

Denver's urban retail district, Larimer Square, is home to Victorian buildings that hold innovative chef-driven restaurants, specialty boutiques, and one-of-a-kind stores with unique fashion options. There are some of the top restaurants in Denver at Larimer Square. While Larimer Square was Denver's first city block, it is now one of the city's most fashionable districts.

River North Art District

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 3.3 km (10 mins by car)

The trendy River North Art District, sometimes known as "RiNo," is home to contemporary performance venues and galleries showcasing modern art housed in refurbished industrial structures. Food halls include The Source, a bustling indoor marketplace with a diverse selection of goods and a bar serving small meals and artisan beer, and Denver Central Market. Upper Larimer Street, which is well-known for its vibrant murals, also features late-night food trucks, brewpubs with patios, and cocktail lounges.

Downtown Littleton

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 17 km (19 mins by car)

Historic Downtown Littleton, which is only a few miles south of Denver's downtown, has its own appeal, with turn-of-the-century buildings, antique stores, and relaxing, comfortable cafes, restaurants, and pubs.

Olde Town Arvada

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 15.6 km (18 mins by car)

The center of the city is Olde Town Arvada. The downtown offers a unique, authentic experience in a laid-back setting where new and innovative ideas coexist with historic roots. Olde Town offers all of the conveniences of a bustling urban center within the setting of a Main Street Americana at the turn of the century, including a wide variety of stores, boutiques, galleries, events, restaurants, breweries, and a vineyard.

Art and Attractions

Meow Wolf

Distance from Main Conference Venue 1.6 km (6 mins by car)

Convergence Station, located in the Mile High City, is another one of the most inventive and distinctive locations that attracts to visitors of all ages. The 90,000-square-foot permanent show, which was made by the entertainment and arts organization Meow Wolf, is a must-see if you find yourself in Denver.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 2.1 km (7 mins by car)

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to see rotating world-class exhibitions, experience quirky and thought-provoking events and programs, and delight in epic parties. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA Denver), in Denver, Colorado, was founded in 1996 as the first dedicated home for contemporary art in the city of Denver.

Casa Bonita

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 6.0 km (11 mins by car)

Casa Bonita has a legendary reputation in Denver. The Mexican style restaurant is known for its entertainment, including its fire juggling and their cliff diving performances.
The prices came out as $39.99 per adult and $24.99 per child – 12 and under. That price includes a non-alcoholic drink, entree and sopapillas.

Elitch Gardens

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 1.4 km (4 mins by car)

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, colloquially known as Elitch's, is an amusement park in Denver, Colorado. It is to the north of Auraria Campus.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 5.8 km (14 mins by car)

In collaboration with the City and County of Denver, the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street offers a variety of gardens and collections spread across 24 acres. The gardens showcase an increasing variety of flora from throughout the globe. The ticket price is $15 USD per person.

Denver Zoo

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 7.1 km (15 mins by car)

Denver Zoo is an 80-acre nonprofit zoological garden located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1896, it is operated by the Denver Zoological Foundation and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District in addition to ticket sales and private donations. The ticket prices are $15.75 USD per person.

Theater District

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 1.3 km (4 mins by car)

The Denver Theatre District enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental arts and culture events and experiences. They provide creatives with a platform and financial support for sharing their work. You can check the schedule for plays, operas, comedy shows, and more.

Sport Venues

Empower Field at Mile High

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 2.3 km (4 mins by car)

A year-round entertainment venue, Empower Field at Mile High is a great backdrop for a private event or professional sporting event. This NFL stadium is located to the north of Auraria campus.

Coors Field

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 2.0 km (7 mins by car)

Coors Field is a must-see for anyone who visits Denver. Located in the heart of LoDo, this magnificent landmark provides the ultimate event space for groups looking for a unique venue. Coors Field is proud to offer amazing venues that boast casual elegance, breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

Sight Seeing

Mount Evans

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 161 km (2hrs by car)

Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway (formally Mount Evans), the highest paved road in North America, climbs over 7,000 feet in its 28-mile length and reaches an altitude of 14,130 feet. The Scenic Byway starts near Idaho Springs and leads through Mount Blue Sky Recreation Area, offering visitors scenic views of the Continental Divide, mountain goat and bighorn sheep herds, marmots, birds, alpine wildflowers, and Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine trees.

Lariat Loop

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 26.6 km (26 mins by car)

A 40-mile stretch in the foothills west of Denver, Colorado, the Lariat Loop connects the communities of Golden, Morrison, Lookout Mountain and Evergreen, and features some of the area’s best historical and cultural attractions, not to mention spectacular mountain views and wildlife viewing opportunities. Just a short drive from downtown Denver, it’s an excellent day trip.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater

Distance from Main Conference Venue: 23 km (17 mins by car)

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air amphitheatre in the western United States near Morrison, Colorado, approximately ten miles southwest of Denver, which owns and operates it.

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