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.
Downtown Denver is a hub for several types of easy-to-use public transportation.
Getting to and from Denver International Airport: DIA is located about 22 miles East of downtown Denver; the Hyatt Regency hotel does not have its own shuttle service so you will need to arrange for transportation into the city. Once you land at DIA, you can get into the city by public bus, shuttle van, taxi or private car. Here is the DIA ground transportation web page with a variety of information. Approximate prices (as of Spring 2010) to get to the Hyatt Regency from DIA are:
- RTD SkyRide bus: $10 per person each way, children 15 and under free. See the SkyRide web page for schedules. Tickets and information are available at the RTD counter in the ground transportation information area of the DIA arrival hall. Take the SkyRide to the Market Street bus station (downtown Denver), then transfer right outside the station to the free 16th St. Mall Ride shuttle. Exit the shuttle at the California St. or Welton St. stop and walk one block to the Hyatt Regency hotel.
- Yellow cab taxi: Approximately $52 each way. Taxis are normally available directly outside the airport terminal.
- Super Shuttle: Approximately $21 per person each way, reservations are not required coming from the airport between 5AM and 5PM. Purchase tickets at the Super Shuttle counter in the ground transportation area of the DIA arrival hall or call call 800-258-3826 or 303-316-3865 for more information.
- Luxury limousine: Various companies offer pre-arranged luxury limo service between DIA and downtown. For a list of companies, see the DIA website.
For information on the free 16th Street Shuttle that takes visitors up and down Denver’s famous pedestrian area, one block from the Conference hotel, click here.
For information on Denver’s Light Rail (commuter rail) that will take you around and outside of downtown to interesting attractions, click here.
For information on the Denver RTD public bus system (including buses from downtown Denver direct to the airport and the town of Boulder, Colorado (~25 minutes away), click here: http://www.rtd-denver.com/index.shtml
The City of Denver has bikes available for public use under its bike sharing program. Check out the city’s program, similar to the one in Paris, by visiting the Denver B-Cycle page. You can rent a bike for under 30 minutes to run an errand or or all day. The Downtown Denver area has miles of paved bike trails that pass very close to the Conference hotel. It may be snowing at the end of October in Denver, but it could just as well be sunny and 70 degrees. If so, take an afternoon bike ride after some some conference sessions.
Denver’s 16th Street Mall is one of the most successful pedestrian “malls” in the country. It is closed to cars and is over a mile long, with shops, restaurants, hotels and other amenities. The mall has free shuttle buses that go from end to end every few minutes, allowing visitors to either walk or take the bus. For more information on the 16th Street Mall, check out Wikipedia’s article on it.
The free shuttles stop every block on the Mall and operate every day starting at 5:00 a.m. on weekdays, 5:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. on Sundays/ holidays. Service continues throughout the day with the last complete roundtrip every night at 1:35 a.m. More info on the free shuttle can be found at: http://www.rtd-denver.com/FREEMallRide.shtml
In downtown Denver, it is very easy to get around. The ATA Conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Denver, one of the newer hotels downtown. It is just one block off the bustling 16th Street mall, with great views of the Rocky Mountains.
This info is also here as a page on this blog: https://ataindenver.wordpress.com/16-street-mall/