Population: City & County of Denver, 510,000, six-county metro area, 2.3 million.
Flight times: Chicago-2 hrs., London-9 hrs., N.Y.-3 hrs., Los Angles-2.5 hrs, Miami-4 hrs.
City Center to Denver Int'l Airport: 40 min.
Denver International Airport opened on February 28, 1995. Covering 53 square miles (137 square kilometers), Denver International Airport has five full-service runways and has established a landing rate of 120 planes an hour in good weather.
Intercity Bus Hub (over 60 daily arrivals/departures.)
Greyhound Bus: 800 231-2222 www.greyhound.com/index.html
AMTRAK, Main east-west route: 800 872-7245 www.amtrak.com
Denver has a mild, dry and arid climate. The city receives only 8-15 inches (20.3 - 38 cm) of precipitation a year (about the same as Los Angeles), and records 300 days of sunshine a year.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March: 60°F / 31°F
June: 88°F / 58°F
September: 75°F / 42°F
December: 40°F / 21°F
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AQUARIUM: Colorado's Ocean Journey. 700 Water Street, Denver CO 80211. (303) 561-4450. www.oceanjourney.org. 10am to 6-pm Daily, (Labor Day thru Memorial Day). See two distinct rivers: the Colorado River follows mountain waterfalls and trout streams down to the arid Southwest red rock canyons and ultimately to the Sea of Cortez and the Kampar River that begins in the mountains of Sumatra in a tropical rain forest and flows to a coral reef in Indonesia. Along the way there are Sumatran tigers, a mangrove forest, a variety of sharks and vibrantly colored tropical reef fish. Both rivers start at 12,000 feet above sea level and flow to the Pacific Ocean, yet they are on opposite sides of the globe and represent completely different ecosystems.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH BREWERY TOUR: FREE TOURS, Monday - Friday. 2351 Busch Dr., Fort Collins CO 80524. (970) 490-4691. www.budweisertours.com
COLORADO STATE CAPITOL: 200 E. Colfax Ave. (Broadway at Colfax). (303) 866-2604. Built in 1908, the State Capitol Building is best known for its brilliant dome which is covered with 200 ounces of 24K gold leaf. FREE TOURS 9:30am to 2:30pm, Mon.-Fri.
COORS BREWERY: 13th & Ford St., Golden CO 80401 (303)
277-BEER www.coors.com FREE TOURS 10am-4pm
DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway (at Broadway), Denver, 80204. (303) 640-6200. http://denver.lib.co.us/. Designed by Michael Graves. The Western Art Gallery houses seldom-seen masterpieces by Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, John Audubon and Albert Bierstadt. Do not miss the Tattered Cover Bookstore, which stocks 500,000 books and was called by the New York Times as the “best bookstore in America.” (800) 833-9327, 2955 E. First Ave. www.tatteredcover.com.
MOTHER CABRINI SHRINE: 20189 Cabrini Blvd., Golden CO 80401. www.den-cabrini-shrine.org. 7am - 5pm (winter) - Daily
ROCKY MT. ARSENAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bld. 111, Commerce City CO 80222. (303) 289-0232. www.pmrma-www.army.mil/htdocs/rma.html. Hours and times vary. Call for information. A National Wildlife Area. Reservations are required. A bald eagle viewing station is open from December through mid-March.
U. S. MINT WEST: Colfax at Cherokee St., Denver CO 80204. (303) 405-4761. www.usmint.treas.gov. Monday-Friday. Tours every 20 minutes of the facility that produces over 10 billion coins every year -- more than 40 million coins a day.
DENVER ART MUSEUM: 13th and Acoma, (720) 865-5000, www.denverartmuseum.org; 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday; 10am-10pm Friday; noon-5pm Sunday. Founded in 1893, it has over 65,000 works of art in its collection.
LEANIN' TREE MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART: 6055 Longbow Dr., Boulder CO 80301. (303) 530-1442. www.leanintree.com. 8am-4pm Monday-Friday; 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. Largest private collection of contemporary western art on public view.
MUSEUM OF OUTDOOR ART: 7600 E. Orchard Rd., #160N, Englewood CO 80111. (303) 741-3609. www.fine-art.com/museum/moa.html. 55-piece sculpture collection, located primarily outdoors, and interspersed throughout the 400-acre Greenwood Plaza business park, 15 minutes south of Downtown Denver.
TRIANON MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY: 335 14th St., Denver CO 80202. (303) 623-0739. 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday. Beautiful collection of 18th-century European masterpieces: paintings, furniture, crystal, silver, porcelain, bronzes, clocks. Oriental art treasures. Hourly tours-25 people. Sales gallery.
AVIATION MUSEUM: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 711 E. Academy Blvd., (Hanger No. 1, Bldg. 401 of Old Lowery Air Force Base) Denver CO 80220. (303) 360-5360. www.dimension-al.com/~worm. 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday; noon-4pm Sunday
ASTOR HOUSE MUSEUM: 822 12th St., Golden CO 80401. (303) 278-3557. www.web-span.com/fastpart/astorhouse.html. 10am - 4:30pm Tuesday - Saturday
BLACK AMERICAN WEST MUSEUM: 3901 California, Denver. (303) 292-2566. www.coax.net/people/lw/bawmus.html. 10am-2pm Wednesday-Friday; noon-5pm Sat. - Sun. A third of the working cowboys in the Old West were African Americans, many of them freed slaves who migrated west after the Civil War.
BUFFALO BILL'S GRAVE & MUSEUM: Top of Lookout Mountain, Golden, CO 80401. (303) 526-0747. www.buffalobill.org/. 9am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed Monday.
BYERS-EVANS HOUSE MUSEUM: 1310 Bannock St., Denver CO 80204. (303) 620-4933. www.coloradohistory.org. 11am - 3pm Tuesday - Sunday. Enjoy two distinct museums in one. First, enter one of Denver's great historic homes, built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher William Byers and sold in 1889 to the family of William Gary Evans, an officer of the Denver. Then step into the Denver History Museum, adjacent to the home, which offers changing exhibits plus a touch-screen video exhibit.
COLORADO HISTORY MUSEUM: 13th and Broadway, Denver CO 80203. (303) 866-3682. www.coloradohistory.org. 10am to 4:30pm Monday to Saturday; noon to 4:30pm Sunday. Discover the Indians, gunfighters, wagon trains, mining operations, railroads, sodbusters, explorers, Spanish conquistadors, gold panners, mountain men and buffalo hunters of the old west.
COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM: 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. (303) 279-4591. www.crm.org. 9am-5pm Daily
GOLDEN PIONEER MUSEUM: 923 10th St., Golden CO 80401. (303) 278-7151. www.henge.com/~goldenpm.com. 10am - 4:30pm Monday - Saturday. Artifacts from early American Indian and pioneer history.
MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM: 1340 Pennsylvania, Denver CO 80203. www.mollybrown.org. 10am - 3pm Tuesday - Saturday; Sunday, Noon - 3:30pm. Costumed tour guides take visitors through the 1889 Victorian home of one of Colorado's most colorful characters, the legendary Unsinkable Molly Brown.
MUSEO DE LAS AMERICAS: 861 Sante Fe Dr., Denver CO 80204. (303) 571-4401. www.museo.org. Open year-round. This small gem focuses on the art, history and culture of Latinos in the Americas.
DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80205. (303) 370-6357. www.dmnh.org. 9am-5pm Sunday-Wednesday; 9am-7pm Thur. -Sat. The fourth largest museum of its kind in the nation. The Museum also has an IMAX Theatre (separate admission required) featuring the world's most realistic movie adventures on a huge screen, 4 stories tall.
PARKS/GARDENS & ZOOS: Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center. 6252 W 104th Ave., Westminster CO 80030. www.butterflies.org/ Daily: 9am - 5pm
DENVER BOTANICAL GARDENS: 909 York St., (303) 331-4000 www.botanicgardens.org. 9am-5pm Daily. Extended hours in the summer.
DENVER ZOO: 23rd Avenue between Colorado and York, (303) 376-4800. www.denverzoo.org. April-September: 9am-6pm daily October-March: 10am-5pm
DINOSAUR RIDGE: 16831 W. Alameda, Parkway, Morrison CO 80120. (303) 697-3466 www.dinoridge.org. 9am-4pm Monday-Saturday; noon to 4pm Sunday. This scenic mountain ridge 12 miles west of Denver is the site where the world's first large dinosaur bones were discovered.
ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES: 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada CO 80003. (303) 431-3939. www.arvadacener.org
DENVER PERFORMING Arts Complex: 14th & Curtis, Denver CO 80202. (303) 640-PLEX www.denvercenter.org. Largest performing arts center in the world under one roof in terms of the performing spaces and the variety of activities taking place.
AMUSEMENT CENTERS & PARKS
SIX FLAGS ELITCH GARDENS THEME PARK: 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver CO 80204. (303) 595-4386. www.sixflags.com. Opens April 30 10am -10pm
HERITAGE SQUARE: 18301 W. Colfax, Golden CO 80401. (303) 399-4208. Open year-round. Re-constructed Colorado mining town from the 1870s with an old fort, elaborate Victorian buildings and storefronts, shops, restaurants and a cabaret theater plus much more
LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK: I-70 and Sheridan Blvd., Denver CO 80212. (303) 477-1621. Open weekends in May, daily from June 5; 10am - 11pm
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