Located exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, Denver, Colorado is a great place to visit. Denver has long been a destination for outdoor adventure but over the past twenty years has come into its own with award-winning restaurants, museums and live entertainment, and an influx and arts of culture.
If you’re visiting the Mile High City or are thinking about a trip, you’ll need to be prepared for the best time possible. Denver is a city influenced by many different cultures and its location a mile above sea level means you aren’t likely to experience a city like it anytime soon. Let’s learn all about Denver including planning your trip, things to do, and everything in-between. With our complete guide to Denver, you’ll be ready to hop on a plane in the morning.
Best Time to Visit
If you want the most events, festivals, things to do, and the best weather to enjoy Denver — you need to visit during the summer months of June, July, and August. You can see an outdoor concert, take part in one of several festivals, catch a Rockies game and more without needing anything more than a light jacket. Learn more about what you can do get out of Denver during different times of the year and how best to spend your summer with our best time to visit Denver guide.
Denver is a car-first city but has become much friendlier to people on feet, bikes, and other alternative modes of transportation. The main, and most cost effective, method of getting around Denver are the trains and busses of Denver’s Regional Transport District, known locally as RTD.
You can utilize both Lyft and Uber in Denver. Unless you’re far outside the city, it’s easy to hail a rideshare and get where you need to go quickly.
You can call a cab or taxi for quick trips around Denver if you’re not into ridesharing programs.
There are several electric scooters scattered throughout Denver that you’re able to ride with a smartphone and credit card. Denver does have strict rules regarding scooter use:
- Scooters must use bike lanes.
- If there are no bike lanes and the posted speed limit is 30 or under, scooters must ride on the road with a speed limit of 15 mph.
- If there are no bike lanes and the posted speed limit is above 30, scooters must ride on the sidewalk with a speed limit of six mph.
If you aren’t going far from your hotel or rental, a bike may be the best option to move around Denver quickly and at a low-cost. There are several bike lanes in and around Downtown Denver that give you quick passage along city streets. Denver offers several bike-renting venues to get rolling.
If you only need a bike for a quick trip, you can try Denver Bcycles located throughout the city. Simply follow the instructions at any Denver Bcycle dock to get going. Bcycle does require a credit card.
Travel Tip on Getting Around
Rush hour in Denver lasts approximately from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., though traffic can be gridlocked nearly all hours of the working day. Be careful when planning your trips and schedules by considering commuter rush hour.
A Tip About Altitude and Humidity
Denver is in a semi-arid region and as the nickname implies, is around a mile above sea level. Those two factors mean Denver is dry and there isn’t much oxygen. The lack of moisture and altitude can cause issues like dehydration and altitude sickness.
When visiting Denver drink plenty of water, wear plenty of sunscreen, take your time if you’re feeling dizzy or winded, and bring skin lotion for dry skin. You can purchase supplements for the high altitude, but the efficacy and composition of some supplements is questionable. It’s great if you want to see what Denver has to offer but be smart about the altitude or you could ruin your trip.
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