When is the best time to fly to Denver?
Most visitors take flights to Denver during the summer months, which offer the warmest temperatures, at times above 32 degrees Celsius. This popular season is also a great time for nature lovers, as they will be able to see the wildflowers at their peak in July and August.
The ski season runs from mid-November to March, which also marks a busy time. Many avid skiers and snowboarders travel to Denver during these months to go to the nearby Rocky Mountain slopes.
Spring and autumn are not as busy and are when you’re more likely to find cheap flights to Denver and better rates for accommodation. These periods experience comfortable temperatures and also fewer crowds. Spring is typically colourful and wet, which is when visitors can make the most of the city’s museums, such as, Colorado History Museum. Autumn, on the other hand, is usually dry. September is the perfect time to catch the foliage change colour and is a favourite time of year for many locals.
Colorado's "Mile High City" sits on a plain nestled against the Rocky Mountains which provide a dramatic view from the window of your flight as you land. Denver balances big-city life with a love of the great outdoors. Here’s where you'll find the nation’s largest city park system, 90 golf courses, about 650 miles of paved bike trails, and a mile-long pedestrian promenade in the city centre.
A must-see list for your holiday in Denver includes the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the world’s second-largest performing arts centre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, an open-air natural theatre and the setting for thousands of rock and classical concerts and the Denver Art Museum which has one of the most impressive collections of Western art in the US and an excellent American Indian collection.
The trendy historic district is Lower Downtown, called LoDo. Carefully restored Victorian buildings are now homes to jazz clubs, art galleries, restaurants, and shops. LoDo, the city's birthplace, is the trendiest part of the city and the heart of Denver's night scene.
Denver is flat and, with the Rockies just 15 miles (24 km) to the west, has a mild climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Colorado weather is famous for its fluctuations, during any season and any day, which also means that most weather conditions are temporary.
Getting around Denver
Getting from the Airport to the City
The major airport which travellers will arrive at on flights to Denver is Denver International Airport (TUS). There are various transportation options from the airport to the city including public buses, hotel shuttles, mountain carriers and shared vans. Taxis are also readily available.
Denver insider information
- The Colorado State Capitol has murals depicting the history of water in the state on the walls of the first-floor rotunda. On the first floor, the west lobby hosts revolving temporary exhibits. When you stand on the 18th step of the State Capitol, you are 1.6km (5,280 feet or one mile) above sea level.
- Two museums of interest are Museo de las Americas, showing the artistic and cultural achievements of Latinos in the Americas, and the Colorado History Museum, with exhibits including Ancient Voices, a look at Colorado’s ancient peoples through artefacts and film, and Soldiers on Skis, the story of WWII soldiers who trained for battle in the Colorado Rockies.
- One of the top five US botanical gardens is here. The Denver Botanic Gardens are 23 acres of local, Australian, African, and Himalayan flora.
- There are 80 different beers brewed in the Denver area. Coors Brewing Company offers free tours, with stops in the sampling areas. The tours are limited and conducted on a first-come first-served basis, so you may want to get there early. The brewery is in Golden, about 30 minutes from Denver.
- When you ask for directions, people usually instruct you to “turn west off of” or “then go south” and so on. Just remember that everything is Denver is relative to the mountains, and that the mountains are west of the city.
- For gifts to take back home, take a look at fossils. Fossils tend to cost less in Denver because they are more abundant here than in other places.