Visiting Denver

About Denver

Denver is a beautiful city with a great deal to offer, and we are THRILLED to be hosting the National Poetry Slam!

Denver is known as the Mile High City, because the elevation is 5,280 feet – exactly one mile!  We recommend that guests arrive a day early to acclimate to the altitude, and remember to stay hydrated! Here are more high altitude tips from Visit Denver!

To learn more about Denver, you can download the digital guide from Visit Denver.

Host Hotel

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO  80202
Phone: (303) 893-3333
Room rate is $189 per night for single/double/triple/quad occupancy
available July 30, 2017 – August 13, 2017.
Reservation code “Poetry Slam”
Reservation Link: starwoodmeeting.com/Book/PoetrySlam2017

Transportation

Denver Airport Commuter Rail

Denver International Airport (DEN), known colloquially as DIA, is an award-winning airline hub offering free Wi-Fi access in public areas, a diverse array of dining and shopping choices as well as the new commuter rail line which now makes it easier than ever to get from the airport to downtown Denver. At a cost of $9 each way, travelers can use the rail service, known as the A Line, to get from the airport to downtown Denver (Union Station) and vice versa courtesy of the Regional Transportation District (RTD), metro Denver’s public transit provider.

The A Line, which opened on April 22, 2016, whisks travelers to the heart of downtown, specifically the recently restored Union Station. The new Denver airport rail has six stops along the way and takes approximately 37 minutes.

From Union Station, travelers can access additional local and regional transportation services, such as light rail, regional and local buses, Amtrak rail service, taxis, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttle (MallRide).  To get to the Sheraton, travelers can ride the free 16th Street Mall shuttle (MallRide) from the 16th & Wynkoop station to the 16th & Tremont station, and the hotel is half a block away.

Light Rail
The train is safe, affordable, accessible and they run on time. The train cars are clean, cool and comfortable. Nineteen stations have free park-n-Ride lots, with many stations connecting to bus stops and call-n-Ride services. Bikes can ride too, with a free permit that you can download online.
Bus
In addition to regular bus service around metro Denver, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus fleet offers a slew of services for people with limited mobility. Discount fares are available for all seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients, elementary, middle school and high school students ages 6-19. Children 5 years of age or younger ride free with a paying adult. Active duty members of the U.S. Military ride for free on all RTD services. Proof of eligibility is required for all discounted passengers.  All RTD services, maps, routes, park-n-Rides and fares are detailed on RTD’s excellent bi-lingual website: RTD-Denver.com
Bike
Denver is one of the country’s fittest cities, and this is especially true where the skinny rubber meets the road. A web of hundreds of miles of dedicated bike paths weaves through Denver and its edges. You can, for example, ride from Cherry Creek State Park in southeast Denver to Cuernavaca Park on the northwest side of downtown. The 15-mile paved path follows along Cherry Creek to where it collides with the South Platte River at Confluence Park. In spring 2010, Denver introduced a pioneering bike-sharing program called Denver B-Cycle. More than 800 new, shiny red Trek bicycles are now available for sharing at 88 stations around The Mile High City. Each of the sturdy, three-speed, bright red Trek bikes comes with a wire basket, built-in light and lock. Denver visitors can purchase passes with a credit card at any B-cycle station. Riders can pick up a B-cycle from any station and drop it off at any other station. For more information, call 720-865-BIKE.
Scooter
ScooTours Denver offers motorized, Vespa-style scooter rental and guided scooter tours. The guided tours are especially fun, as friendly scooter tour guides lead you to the best sights and tell you stories of Denver past and present. Never ridden a scooter before? No problem. If you can ride a bicycle, are 18 or older, and have a valid Driver’s License, ScooTours can easily train you to ride.

Things to Do in Denver (when you’re very, very alive)

Our host hotel is in the heart of Downtown Denver, at the top of 16th Street Mall, which offers incredible shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The Denver 16th Street Mall includes the Denver Pavilions that offers a movie theatre and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. At the north end of the Mall, 16th Street continues as a pedestrian path over three bridges connecting downtown to Commons Park and LoHi, another neighborhood that offers plenty of restaurants and brewpubs to choose from.

After dark, horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs carry people up and down the Mall, in addition to the free MallRide. Spanning one mile long, guests can hop on the free MallRide shuttle that stops on every corner, make everything downtown easy to reach.

(About Marijuana)

Yes, it’s legal, medicinally & recreationally.  However, there are still laws – if you plan to partake, please take a moment to learn about them here:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanainfodenver/residents-visitors