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.
Red Rocks is not located in downtown Denver, but is a gorgeous and special place just outside Denver limits (you’d need a car or bus) that you should not miss if you have any extra time outside of the conference schedule. Red Rocks is a world-famous park and amphitheater that offers concerts, hiking, biking and unparalleled sightseeing any time of year. For photos that will knock your socks off visit their website.
For help on getting the most out of your visit, check out Red Rocks’ Tourist Info Services. To see everything you can do at Red Rocks, visit their main website for the venue is here.
United Airline magazine Hemispheres recently had an article on how to spend “Three Perfect Days in Denver.” The article’s discussions of days 1 and 2 focus on downtown (near the ATA Conference hotel), with recommendations for where to eat and what to do that are easily accessible to ATA Conference attendees by walking or taking the free city shuttle.
Day 3 discusses what to see if you have a little extra time to venture out of the city center and see some more of the surrounding area and take a hike or two.
5280 Magazine focuses on life in the Denver, the Mile High City. Visit their website for information local happenings as well as an easy-to-use restaurant search engine. If you are looking for a restaurant near the conference hotel, specify “Downtown” as your neighborhood when entering your search data.
If you liked going to Broadway shows when you were in New York for the 50th American Translators Conference last year, you will love that the Denver conference hotel is right next to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful theater complex that contains multiple theater venues as well as a range of production styles.
During the ATA’s 51 Conference in Denver, three shows are on the stages of the Denver Center: The 39 Steps, Dracula and Free Range Thinking.
The Denver Center is a 5-minute (or less) walk from the conference hotel, the Grand Hyatt.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Denver Center’s website.
Click here to link to the article Walk in the footsteps of Colorado writing giants on the Denver Posts’s website to learn more about various literary figures with a Colorado connection, and where you might visit to connect with some of these famous figures.
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.