Denver, CO is more than just the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. This thriving city continues to grow and has so much to offer in its own right. According to eMedEvents, the largest online database of CME events, Denver will be host to 92 upcoming medical conferences in 2018 and 2019. If you will be traveling to the Mile-High City for your next conference, we have a few helpful tips to get you ready to enjoy Denver for both work and play.
The best times to visit Denver are late Spring and early Fall when the temperatures are most comfortable, and the tourism and prices are at their lowest. Average highs during this time of year are in the 60s and 70s. Prices and temperatures rise in the summer, with average highs in the upper 80s. Winter is a great time to visit the nearby ski slopes if you can, and highs will average in the lower 40s.
Denver is home to the passenger-rated favorite Denver International Airport. There are plenty of options to get you to your conference destination once you arrive. The Airport Rail travels takes you from the airport to downtown Union Station for only $9 one way. There are also airport shuttles, buses, rental car companies as well as Uber and Lyft. Denver is home to the Regional Transport District (RTD) which provides public transportation for the Denver region. One day and 5-day passes are available for unlimited bus and light rail service in the metro area. Want to try another way to experience Denver? There are Smart cars that can be accessed “on demand” all over the city, as well as bike sharing. There is also the 16th Street MallRide, a free hybrid vehicle that scoots up and down the core of downtown Denver. Downtown is a walkable area, but if you get tired of walking you can hail a pedicab or even a horse and carriage.
Where to Eat
Denver has a great food and beer scene, so you really can’t go wrong here. Top Chef is even filming its current season highlighting local Denver restaurants. Here are a few recommendations depending on your tastes.
Fine Dining: Fruition, Sushi Den, Guard and Grace, or Elway’s
Local Favorites- Root Down, Snooze
Cheap Eats- Sam’s No. 3, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
Cruise Room Bar
Mile High Spirits
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Looking to do some shopping when you get a break from the medical conference? Denver has lots of choices for a variety of unique shopping experiences. Larimer Square, located in a historic and one of the oldest areas in downtown Denver, is now home to trendy shops. Cherry Creek Shopping Center has over 160 retailers with 40 exclusive stores. The 16th Street Mall has plenty of stores, restaurants and also a movie theater. If you are looking for vintage shops and antique stores, try Antique Row.
Must See in Denver
If you can, be sure to schedule in some extra time away from the medical conference to visit some of these must-see experiences that Denver has to offer.
Denver Union Station- one of Denver’s most iconic landmarks, now home to restaurants, shopping, and bars, as well as being the transportation hub downtown.
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour- tour and taste at a Denver whiskey distillery
Coor’s Brewery- tour the biggest brewery in the world
The Big Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center
Denver Art Museum- stunning architecture and the world’s greatest collection of Native American Art
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave- celebrating the life of Bill Cody, a pony express rider, army scout, and buffalo hunter
U.S. Mint- offers free tours highlighting coin production
Denver Botanic Gardens- enjoy Denver’s 300 days of sunshine outside at this oasis in the middle of the city
eMedEvents is the largest online database for CME events and medical conferences in the world. Here you can browse through thousands of conferences in 147 countries. Search by speaker, specialty, and location to find your next conference. Want to manage your CME on the go? Try the eMedEvents mobile app. Find your next great medical conference in Denver or in one of more than 3500 other great cities around the world.