StarfishandSeashells's City Tips

  • Panhandling is a profession. These people probably aren't Jesus in disguise. Some will cuss at you for ignoring them. Just keep it moving.
  • New Yorkers don't cross streets according to the crosswalk sign, so if you are going to do so, move your group to the side to let them pass.
  • Don't walk more than two abreast on the sidewalks.
  • When trying to figure out directions on your phone, MOVE OVER!
  • Be confident when hailing a taxi. Step out as far as possible and put you hand up very matter-of-factly like you know what you are doing. Only hail the ones that have their lights on (and not the "Off Duty" light). They turn off their lights when they have passengers. When you get in the taxi, tell them the cross streets of where you are going, not the exact address. They will let you out somewhere close. Never get in an unmarked car (usually dark sedan). They will overcharge you and are not licensed for cab fare. If they pull over, shake your head “no.” Be aware that taking a taxi may take you longer than taking the subway, because of traffic.
  • Eat street vendor food. But ask first about prices and check what you are being charged.
  • Wear comfortable shoes or add Dr. Scholl's gel pads.Take Band-Aids and Neosporin in you purse. Your feet are not accustomed to the amount of walking required in this city. Don't wear new shoes. Duane Reade is the local drugstore if you need items for hurting feet.
  • Tip 20% in restaurants and taxis. Tip $1 per bag at hotels.
  • Don't be afraid of the subway. Study the maps ahead of time, but don't expect to fully understand it. Use Google maps or a subway app to figure out which train to take. Remember there is no internet service once you descend. Ask a New Yorker if you are confused (they are the ones who don't look confused and reading a book or newspaper). Buy a Metro Card as soon as you enter the station. For groups, buy 1 card per 4 people, as you cannot swipe the same card more than 4 times per entry. When purchasing, the automated machine will instruct you to "dip" your card, which means swipe. Don't stand in front of the doors of an approaching train. Let people off first. There is time.

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Hotel Information:

Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-297-1300
Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel (Overflow)
918 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-867-8100
Magnolia Denver (Overflow)
818 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-607-9000

In Downtown Denver within walking distance of the Conference Hotel:

Walk to the state Capitol Building and walk up the West side steps and find the gold plaque.  Stand on the step where you will be exactly one-mile-high from sea level.  Check for a tour of the capital and climb the stairs to the observation deck for breath taking views, including Pike’s Peak and Long’s Peak.

Take a tour of the US Mint- advance reservations are required.  Please click here for information about a FREE tour of the Mint!

Take in a Museum - - Denver Art Museum is within walking distance and the Nature & Science Museum will need to be done via Uber, Cab, etc.

Enjoy an afternoon of High Tea and scones with your friends at the famous Brown Palace Hotel from 12-4, including house-made scones, Devonshire cream, preserves, finger sandwiches, pastries and, of course, your choice of hot tea.  Reservations are encouraged.

Denver Center of the Performing Arts - just a quick train ride or walk the 6 blocks to enjoy a play or a concert.  Check their website out for your choices.

Rockies Baseball - Our beloved Rockies will be in town playing the San Diego Padres.  Check out their website for tickets and information.

Exercise – Outside of the hotel are bikes which can be rented and you can spin around Denver.

Segway Tours - If you are feeling adventurous sign up for a Segway tour of Denver.  Check out their website. 

"Estes Park Sign" cc image courtesy of Mr.Tindc on FLICKR

Day Trips - Head North on I-25 to Estes Park.  Drive through the quaint town and stop by the Stanley Hotel, the setting for the movie The Shining.  If you are feeling really adventurous, continue west over Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States.  Yes, even in July, one will see snow!!  At the Summit house one can turn around and head back to Estes Park and Denver or continue on to Grand Lake, a small mountain town with lots of little shops to explore.  Continue on US 40 over Berthoud Pass to I-70 and head East back to Denver.  Note:  will need to pay to enter the National Park.

Cheyenne Frontier Days - July 21st to 30th  drive 100 miles North of Denver on I-25 and take in a day at the Daddy of ‘em all and enjoy a rodeo, carnival, or even a concert.  Check out the website for more information.

"Air Force Academy Oath of Office" cc image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Colorado Springs area - Take a day and head South on I-25 for 70 miles to Colorado Springs and take in the Air Force Academy to see the magnificent Chapel, the parade grounds, etc.  Drive the Garden of the Gods and take in dramatic views of 300 foot towering sandstone rock formations.  Adventure to the top of Pikes Peak - you can either drive up the 19 miles to the top or take the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.  Either way, once you are at the top, you can see what inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful and on clear days one can see 5 states!!  Our suggestion is to do the Cog Railway and make your reservations early!

 

"Crystal Lake Reflection" cc image courtesy of alan Stark on FLICKR

West on I-70 - If you want to take in some of the beautiful Rocky Mountains without venturing too far off of the beaten path, head west on I-70 for approximately 30 miles to the mining town of Idaho Springs.  Enjoy a self-guided mine tour at Argo Mines and pan for gold or enjoy some mountain pie at the famous Beau Jo’s pizza… yes we do put honey on our pizza crusts!  If you are looking for a scenic drive near Idaho Springs head to Mount Evans and enjoy a picnic at Echo Lake or continue your adventure up to the top of the “Highway to the Sky” at the summit you will be 14,240 feet above sea level.   Mountain Goats and Big Horn sheep will be greeting you along the way!  NOTE: You will need to pay a State Park fee.