If you visit Boulder, you’ll understand why it’s often referred to as being “nestled between the mountains and reality.” A college town of about 100,000 residents, Boulder sits at the foot of the iconic Flatirons rock formations and is currently ranked as the Healthiest and the Most Educated city in America (no kidding!). Here you’ll find the University of Colorado, the pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall, incredible hiking and biking, the home of the atomic clock, the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory with its world-famous Mint Room, the handcrafted Dushanbe Tea House and so much more!
Most of Boulder’s highlights (but not the Celestial Seasonings factory) are accessible without a car. To get to Boulder from the conference hotel by public transportation, take the free 16th St. Mall Ride Shuttle to the Market Street Bus Station. Then take the B or BX bus to Boulder. If you want to visit central Boulder, get off at the final bus stop which is the Boulder Transit Center. To ride the bus, you need either $4.50 in cash (one way, exact change required) or you can buy a 10-ride ticketbook for $40.50. Boulder is a 30-45 minute drive from Denver on highway 36. There are various parking garages and metered parking in the downtown area.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting an exhibit of 20 Henry Moore sculptures through January. The Gardens are located about 2 miles from the conference hotel, for directions please see the Gardens’ website.
While you’re in Denver, don’t miss the chance to see the exhibit “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” in its only appearance in the Rocky Mountain West! The exhibit is at the Denver Art Museum through January and you must purchase a timed ticket to enter (advance purchase recommended). The Denver Art Museum is an easy 5 minute walk from the Civic Center Station of the free 16th St. Mall shuttle or a 7 minute walk directly from the conference hotel.
We’ve all heard Denver referred to as “the mile high city,” so don’t miss the chance to take home photographic evidence of yourself at 5,280 feet! The fifteenth step of the Colorado State Capitol is engraved with the words “One Mile Above Sea Level,” although local university students later discovered that the measurement was a few inches off! So if you’d like to get technical, you can stand on the gold marker that was later placed on the thirteenth step, at exactly one mile above sea level. To access the Capitol, take the free 16th Street Mall Ride shuttle to the end of the line (away from Market Street and LoDo).
If you’re looking for a fairly casual restaurant with an Old West flair, try the Rocky Mountain Diner; within walking distance of the ATA conference hotel. They have a nice array of salads and sandwiches, plus Western style dishes such as Turkey Pozole and Vaquero Cheesesteaks. Fairly vegetarian-friendly and they also have several gluten-free dishes.
(Note, this is not a typical “diner” restaurant, but a more hip place to hang out, but with reasonable prices.)
Rocky Mountain Diner
800 18th St # 100
Denver, CO 80202-2528
Rocky Mountain Diner website
The Colorado Translators Association is very excited to welcome our colleagues to Denver for the 2010 annual conference of the American Translators Association! We’ll be posting lots of insider tips to help you make the most of your stay in the Mile High City. On the “Topics” menu at the right, click on the category of tips you’re interested in. For example if you are looking for restaurants in Denver, click “Restaurants” and you will see all of the posts related to restaurants. See you a mile high in October!