When it’s time to plan your next business event, whether that’s a mega conference, a small tradeshow, or even just an employee retreat to brainstorm your next big idea, location matters. No one wants to pack their bags to a boring, out-of-the way destination with a few ordinary hotels and the world’s largest ball of yarn to visit on their day off. Instead, pick a central location where mountain air meets an upscale trendy city. Where you can glide down the side of a mountain on your skis in the winter, or churn through frothing rapids in the summer. Find a place with a dozen airports to put you right where you want to go and a seemingly endless selection of venues that can host your event or give you exactly the cozy retreat you need. That destination is Colorado.
Colorado is filled with natural beauty, amazing accommodations, and all the meeting services you need. Come explore the many reasons why your next meeting needs to be in Colorado.
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Colorado is located in the central west of the United States. The state is split down the middle by the Rocky Mountains, which offer endless outdoor adventures. Back in the day, Colorado was a fur-trapping paradise and also hosted its own gold rush (known as “Pike’s Peak or Bust”). These days, Colorado is known for being a highly cultured and diverse state with vibrant cities like Denver and Colorado Springs. Colorado is a foodie state, a sports state, and an outdoor paradise all in one. Known as the capital of craft beer and a top ski destination at the same time. Don’t let the snow scare you off, though. At lower altitudes, plenty of our cities enjoy temperate weather for most of the year. In fact, our residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year!
Location and Transportation
No one likes the prospect of a long flight or an endless car ride. Colorado is centrally located in the United States. Surrounded by seven states, it offers a good destination solution if you’ve got attendees coming in from both coasts. Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major transportation hub that receives flights from all major airlines, and is a huge hub for both national and international flights.
In addition there are a dozen regional airports that dot Colorado’s major destination resorts and cities, including Aspen (Aspen-Pitkin County Airport), Colorado Springs (City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport), Fort Collins (Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport), Grand Junction (Grand Junction Regional Airport), Gunnison (Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport), and Telluride (Telluride Regional Airport). No matter where you touch down, you’ll find plenty of group transportation and car rental options to get you to your ultimate destination. All the state’s major cities also have professional car services as well as good coverage by taxis and ride-share services if you’re looking for price and convenience.
No matter the size of your destination meeting or event, you can find the perfect venue in Colorado. Denver alone offers over 100 hotels to choose from, as well as over 2,200,000 square feet of convention space. That includes amazing spaces like the AEG Live Denver, the UA Denver Pavilions Stadium, and more intimate settings like the Denver Field House. Accommodation isn’t just about capacity, however, it’s also about the beauty and energy of the space. Colorado is a vast state with many unique and vibrant cities. In each one, you’ll find great venue options. Denver is big and trendy with great infrastructure, while Boulder is lively and raw. Durango will give you a taste of Colorado’s Old West past, and Aspen is as glamorous as it is beautiful.
In these different cities, you’ll find grand hotels with plenty of conference space. Cities like Denver and Colorado Springs offer convention centers and stadiums or large events. Other cities can provide cozy mountain retreats or rustic cabins in the woods. No matter what you choose, our venues offer you the support you need to achieve your meeting vision. We can cater, decorate, put up and break down what you need and make sure your technology is spot on for the big event. We can also design unique tours, adventures, and events for your group. It’s easy to impress your best customers, potential investors, or top employees when you’ve got the natural wonders of Colorado right outside the front door.
So Much to Do
When it comes to most business events, the unsaid motto is: Work Hard, Play Hard. In Colorado, you can certainly do both, whether your idea of play means soaring down a rugged trail on a mountain bike, hitting a great brewery with your vendors, or capping off the meeting with a spa day at a luxury resort. Colorado can be a paradise for all.
In particular, its capital city of Denver offers an amazing nightlife. The city it filled with gastropubs and microbrews on every corner. Within its boundaries, you can cheer on the Broncos, the Rockies, or the Avalanche. If you’ve got members of your entourage from Latin America or Europe, take them to a Colorado Rapids game. (That’s soccer).
If your group prefers the mountain air, then Colorado is your outdoor playground no matter the season. The state includes 26 ski areas and resorts (most less than two hours from Denver). In the warmer days, you can lead your team on a hike around the looming Rockies or take a Jeep tour around the Great Sand Dunes near Alamosa. (We bet you didn’t even know Colorado had sand dunes.)
If your group is a little more refined, ditch the microbrews and head to Palisade, where you can sip fine vino in Colorado’s blooming wine country. Then, sit down for a tasty brunch of Denver omelets.
Truly, it is impossible to capture all that you can do in Colorado in just a short article. It is a state of fantastic art, great sports, amazing food, and outdoor activities that could keep you busy for your entire trip. You’re just going to have to come visit to get a taste of what you can do here.
There’s Nowhere Else to Host Your Meeting
No meeting venue is perfect, but Colorado is pretty darn close. Our state is so varied that you have tons of options to craft the tradeshow, convention, conference, expo, retreat, or meeting that you want. You’ve got the venues, the support, the amazing culture, and the activitie. It’s true that many people attend meetings for the location as much as the meeting itself. That’s not saying that your meeting isn’t great on its own, but we know that it can be even better when you choose to host it in Colorado!