Welcome to Denver, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and urban adventure combine to make the world’s best meeting destination. A vibrant city at the base of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Denver is raking in the accolades — Forbes recently ranked it as one of the country’s top cities for millennials, and it also earned the top spot on U.S. News & World Report‘s 2016 list of best places to live. And the reasons that make Denver a great place to reside are the same reasons why it’s a great place to meet.
Denver International Airport (DEN), the sixth busiest airport in the United States, offers more than 1,400 daily flights to nearly 180 destinations worldwide and was recently ranked the top U.S. airport by Skytrax (http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards/airport_award_winners_2016.html). In April 2016, direct rail service from DEN to Denver Union Station launched, offering visitors a fast, affordable way to get to the heart of downtown. For just $9, the train will whisk your attendees to Denver Union Station, recently renovated into a hip transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub. The station is within walking distance of chef-driven restaurants, breweries, museums, theaters and nearly 10,000 hotel rooms.
Recent hotel openings include the 519-room Westin Denver International Airport Hotel and 361-room dual-branded Hyatt Place Denver/Downtown and HYATT house Denver/Downtown. A 200-room Kimpton hotel is currently being built next to Union Station, and the 495-room Le Méridien Denver and AC Hotel Denver will open in 2017.
Denver is also rapidly growing to meet the needs of larger meetings and conventions. The Colorado Convention Center is set to undergo a major expansion, including the development of 80,000 square feet of new flexible meeting space, upgraded ballrooms, improved networking space and best-in-class technology updates. Plus, there will be a new outdoor terrace the size of a football field with unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains.
More spectacular views can be found on the rooftop patios of Denver’s award-winning restaurants. The newest addition, Avanti Food & Beverage, is a collective eatery home to seven unique restaurant concepts. Inspired by European food markets, Avanti offers everything from Venezuelan arepas to Japanese fusion, all against a breathtaking skyline backdrop. Historic Larimer Square also boasts a wide variety of local culinary gems, including Rioja and TAG. Other local favorites include Linger, housed in a former mortuary; Root Down, located in a restored car garage; and Little Man Ice Cream, a 28-foot-tall cream can serving imaginative ice cream creations.