Serving Denver, Colorado in the United States is Denver International Airport. Owned and operated by the City & County of Denver Department of Aviation, Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States, with a total area of 54 square miles or 140 square kilometres. It has six concrete surfaced runways; and its runway 16R/34L is the longest public use runway in the country. As of 2014, the airport is the 16th busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and the sixth busiest in the world in terms of aircraft movements. Denver International Airport is the only airport in the United States that has implemented an ISO-14001-certified environmental management system that covers the entire airport. The airport’s Jeppesen Terminal is recognised internationally for its uniquely designed peaked roof. The roof is reflective of snow-capped mountains and suggests Colorado’s early history, when Native American teepees were situated across the Great Plains. Another notable part of Denver International Airport is the pedestrian bridge that connects the terminal to Concourse A, allowing travellers to see planes taxiing beneath them, as well as the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east.
What to see & do
The capital and the largest city of the US state of Colorado, Denver is a consolidated city and county in the South Platte River Valley. Its location on the western edge of the High Plains, east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, has earned it the nickname “Mile-High City,” having an elevation of exactly one mile (5,280 feet or 1,609.344 metres) above sea level. It is also one of the highest major cities in the United States. Home to many nationally recognised museums, Denver is an ideal place for a little cultural trip. The city also houses the second largest Performing Arts Center in the United States; and neighbourhoods. LoDo, in particular, is abundant with art galleries, as well as restaurants, bars, and clubs. Outdoor activities are also ideal in Denver because of its proximity to the mountains and its generally sunny weather. Spend your weekend up in the mountains and enjoy skiing in the winter, or hiking, climbing, kayaking, and camping in the summer. Popular festivals in Denver include Cinco de Mayo, El Grito de la Independencia, the annual Lowrider show, the Dia De Los Muertos, the Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival, and Chinese New Year. With its breath-taking natural features, the city is home to over 200 parks, the City Park being the largest at 314 acres or 1.27 square kilometres. Recreation centres also abound in the city.
How to get around within Denver
Denver’s streets are numbered and run east-west in the north half of the metro area and the suburbs. Ellsworth Avenue serves as the “equatorial” street, and the numbered streets increase further north and are generally called avenues. Meanwhile, avenues south of Ellsworth are named, running north-south, with Broadway serving as the “meridian street. The street names are ordered alphabetically eastward. When travelling to areas outside of downtown and the surrounding neighbourhoods, car rentals are the most convenient way to get around. Public transit in Denver, including buses and light rail, are operated by the Regional Transportation District. Biking is also an alternative, as the city has a large network of bike trails.
How to get there
Denver International Airport is a hub for Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, and United Airlines. It is also a focus city for Southwest Airlines. These airlines and more fly to destinations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Travellers driving to Denver can take the I-25 (north and south), I-170 (east and west), and I-76 (northeast) that lead to the city. U.S. Highway 40 enters Denver from Salt Lake City, Interstate 70 from Summit County, Interstate 25 from Colorado Springs, and U.S. Highway 36 from Boulder. Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels to Denver via Union Station, and buses like Greyhound and Autobus Americanos also go to the city.