Many of Denver’s best neighborhoods are located walking and/or biking distance from the convention center. Find your favorite, plus see below for a few recommendations:
Improvements have transformed 14th Street into Denver’s “Ambassador Street,” welcoming visitors to the downtown area with an enhanced pedestrian experience. The Colorado Convention Center, the Theater District, and many new restaurants are located in the heart of “Ambassador Street.” Some of the restaurants that you will notice almost as soon as you walk out of the convention center are Pizza Republica, Row 14, and Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge. Just around the corner from Crave you will find Snarf’s and Organic Pizza Company. The Snarf’s sandwich shop has long been a Boulder lunch fixture and has grown to include locations in Denver, Chicago, and St. Louis. The Organic Pizza Company is another native small business that focuses on organic and local products.
If you feel like exploring on a B-Cycle bike, peddle over to Denver’s LoHi (Lower Highlands) and CPV (Central Platte Valley) neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are easily accessible thanks to the three bicycle- and pedestrian-only bridges connecting downtown Denver to the northwest neighborhoods (Millennium Bridge, Platte River Bridge, and Highland Bridge). You will not be disappointed with the parks, restaurants, and boutique shopping. You can even stop by the REI Denver flagship store. (Cab fare from downtown to Highlands is US$8–US$12.)
Also see: Travel to Denver.
ONCE YOU ARRIVE
RTD SkyRide is the convenient, affordable bus service to and from Denver International Airport (DIA). You can catch SkyRide buses on level 6 across from doors 605 and 607 (east side) at DIA. Visit the website for information on RTD routes, schedules, and fares, or call 1+303-299-6000. The SkyRide information counter is located in the ground transportation area on the west side of the airport terminal. RTD informational kiosks are also available in the main terminal behind the rental counter. Fares are US$7, US$9 or US$11, depending on destination, and drivers assist with luggage.
SuperShuttle is the nation’s leading shared-ride airport shuttle service and one of the easiest and most cost-effective airport shuttle services from DIA to your hotel. You can book online — use discount code GEO13 for a discounted fare on the shuttle between DIA and the hotels in downtown Denver.
Taxis are available at DIA on the east and west sides of the airport, right outside of Baggage Claim on Island 1. Check with a taxi company or with a driver at the airport for fares and destinations served. Taxis are regulated and charge flat fares for four zones within the Denver Metro area. The one-way fare to downtown Denver is approximately $55.15.
Avis Car Rental: GSA has partnered with Avis to provide rental cars at a discounted rate. If you wish to reserve a car, please contact Todd Alexander at +1-800-525-7537, ext. 35003, or the Avis Meetings and Convention Department at +1-800-525-7537. They can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars. Please mention AWD #D016756 when you call. Online reservations can be made. For parking rates, please contact your hotel directly.
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While at the meeting, if you are unable to walk from the hotels in GSA’s room block to the Colorado Convention Center, we will reimburse you for your taxi fare. Please bring your receipt and stop by the Annual Meeting Office for assistance.
WHILE IN DENVER
Click here for a guide to getting around Denver without a car.
B-Cycle is the first large-scale bike-sharing system in the United States. B-cycle is a green, cost-effective, and convenient way to explore Denver and its neighborhoods, with 83 stations and more than 700 shiny red bicycles across the city. Daily passes are just US$8, and all rides under 30 minutes are free! If you want to get outside the city, the area offers 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails.
The 16th Street Shuttle uses eco-friendly hybrid buses that offer free shuttle service up and down the 16-block tree-lined retail core of downtown Denver. They stop on every corner in the heart of downtown from early morning to late evening.
Walking: Denver is the fourth most walkable city in the nation, according to the Brookings Institute. The central business district, which includes the convention center and hotels in the GSA room block, is one of the most walkable neighborhoods, with access to restaurants, brewpubs, and museums.
Pedicabs are those three-wheeled pedal cabs that are powered by people. Denver requires all legitimate pedicabs to display a small city-issued license plate on the rear of the three-wheeled vehicles. One such company, Mile High Pedicabs is a member of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and their drivers are licensed, trained, and insured. If you see a pedicab, simply talk to the driver about where you want to go. The driver is an independent contractor and can negotiate the fare with you. Generally the suggested rate is $2 per block, and tipping is appreciated.
Light Rail is the way to go if you would like to explore areas outside of downtown Denver. The new W line heads west toward Golden, the E and F lines take you south to Park Meadows, and the C and D lines go southwest to Littleton. Plan your trip on the RTD Light Rail online or in person by visiting one of the transit stations (downtown locations: Market Street Station at 16th and Market Street; Civic Center Station at 16th and Broadway).