The conference hotel is the Marriott City Center (http://www.denvermarriott.com) at 1701 California St., smack in the middle of bustling downtown Denver.
There's no need to rent a car for the conference! You can take a shuttle (http://www.shuttlefinder.net/airport_shuttles/denver.html) to the Marriott from the airport; cost is around $18 one way.
Once you're downtown, there are plenty of things within a quick walk, shuttle bus or light rail ride to occupy your time. That is, when you’re not participating in a conference session or engrossed in an OpenSpace discussion (whether an official one, or a spontaneous OpenSpace at a nearby brewpub)!
There's plenty to do in downtown Denver. You can take the Light Rail to destinations such as the historic Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant, or take an express bus to nearby Boulder. It’s likely to be warm, clear and dry outside, and there are plenty of places to walk, including trails along Cherry Creek and the South Platte River.
Downtown Denver (http://www.downtowndenver.com/bid/16thstmall.htm) boasts a vibrant pedestrian mall which bustles with activity morning and night. A free shuttle bus runs up and down the mall. Just a few of the mall attractions:
The mall overlaps with the coolest and funkiest part of downtown, Lower Downtown or LoDo (http://www.lodo.org/), easily accessible on foot or via the 16th St. Mall Shuttle.
Coors Field is a major attraction, and the Rockies will be in town during the conference (http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com). Larimer Square (http://www.larimersquare.com), a historic district featuring art galleries, Victorian architecture, nightlife, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops, is a must-see.
Colorado brews more beer than any other state, and was an epicenter of the microbrewery revolution. Brewpubs, sports bars and other nightlife abound in LoDo and all over downtown. The Wynkoop Brewing Company (http://www.wynkoop.com), the original brewpub in Denver and one of the first in the nation (founded by our mayor John Hickenlooper), is still going strong, featuring great beer, great grub and a huge billiards room. The Wazee Supper Club is another unique local favorite, with the best pizza in town.
Here's a good site for more restaurants, bars, clubs and other attractions in downtown Denver: http://www.pubclub.com/denver/pubgrub.htm.
A more complete restaurant list can be found at http://www.downtowndenver.com/visitors/restaurants.htm.
Museums and Other Attractions
Just a few things to do when you’re in downtown Denver: The U.S. Mint (http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/index.cfm?flash=yes) is a top tourist attraction, with free tours.
Six Flags Elitch Gardens (http://www.sixflags.com/parks/elitchgardens/index.asp) borders LoDo and includes a water park.
The Denver Art Museum http://www.denverartmuseum.org/), which has one of the largest world art collections in the West, is right downtown, near the State Capitol, at the Civic Center Park.
The Colorado History Museum (http://coloradohistory.org/), which traces the colorful history of the Indians, explorers, gold miners, cowboys and pioneers that have called Colorado home, is also near Civic Center Park.
The Black American West Museum (http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/bawmus.htm) tells the story of African American cowboys, and is accessible from downtown by light rail.
We've only scratched the surface. You won't lack for things to enjoy in downtown Denver!
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