Airport

Denver International Airport

IATA Code: DEN
Location: The airport is situated 23 miles (37km) east of Denver and is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
Time: GMT -7 (GMT -6 from March to November).
Contacts: Tel: +1 303 342 2000.
Transfer between terminals: The underground rail links the Jeppesen Terminal with concourses A, B and C.
Transfer to the city: The RTD SkyRide bus service leaves for the city centre every 15 minutes and cost between $8 and $12 one-way. Limousines and taxis are also available for hire. Airport shuttles (Commuters) provide door-to-door services to central locations. Travellers may also obtain ground transportation information at the Ground Transportation Information Counter located on Level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal, by calling (0)303 342 4059. Car rental companies are also available.
Taxis: Taxis are available from outside the baggage claim area of the airport. The rate to the city centre is about US$45, and the trip should take about half an hour. Taxi operators include Denver Yellow Cab and Freedom Cabs.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Facilities: Foreign exchange bureaux and ATMs are available throughout the airport. Other facilities include first aid, bars, restaurants, duty-free, shops, post office, Fun Centre for children, a massage centre, tourist information and hotel reservation boards. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
Parking: The Pike Peak Shuttle Lot offers the closest long-term parking to the Terminal and most economical rates. Shuttles run 24-hours a day, every 10 minutes. There is also parking next to the terminal for picking up and dropping off.
Departure tax: None.
Website: www.flydenver.com


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Denver

Although it is literally a 'Mile High City', being sited one mile (1.6km) above sea level, Denver is flat and sprawling, overwhelmed by the backdrop of the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

It was founded as a gold mining camp in 1859, and at the centre of the Old West it was filled with cowboys, gamblers, saloons, gunslingers, Native Americans, and crooked characters such as the infamous Jefferson 'Soapy' Smith. Although very little gold was discovered, a city was laid out and the name Denver attributed it.

Having since shed its cow-town image and evidence of its western past, it has developed into a modern city with wonderful museums, historic architecture, cultural attractions, shopping venues and a world-class airport. It has more than 200 parks and tree-lined boulevards and a completely refurbished lower downtown area (LoDo to the locals), where blocks of old Victorian buildings and warehouses have been carefully restored to house restaurants, galleries, antique shops and jazz clubs. Historic Larimer Square is the heart of the dining and nightlife scene. Denver brews more beer than any other city in America and most of it can be sampled in LoDo where the city's brewpubs proliferate.

Most residents are active nature lovers who take advantage of the city's setting, the pleasant climate and unlimited outdoor adventures just minutes from the centre, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and fishing. Tourism focuses on its natural setting and the outdoors, and as such it is a major destination for tourists heading into the mountains. Visitors to Denver will be pleasantly surprised by its welcoming and friendly nature.