Monday, January 13, 2020
Denver, Colorado (USA), the home of the LSA’s 2020 Annual Meeting, is a colorful and vibrant travel destination loaded with engaging activities and stunning beauty. The mile-high city sits at the edge of the legendary Rocky Mountains, offering a panorama view of 200 named visible peaks. Whether it's craft beers, outdoor adventures, sporting events, a thriving art scene or delicious foods, we encourage you to make the most out of your LSA Annual Meeting trip and #DiscoverDenver!
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Denver, the mile-high city and capital of Colorado, is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking views in America. A premiere destination for outdoor recreational activities, Colorado is home to some of the most aesthetic vistas—many of which are within a short drive from Denver. Adventurous recreational activities include hiking, rock climbing, fishing, skiing, water sports and much more. Nearly 200 named mountain peaks are visible from the city with 32 of them reaching 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) or higher. In fact, Colorado is home to 40 state parks—and 500 hiking trails in Colorado. To name a few, Rocky Mountain National Park, Roxborough State Park, Golden Gate Canyon, Chatfield State Park, Cherry Creek and Eldorado Canyon each border the city.
You won’t go thirsty in Denver! The craft beer scene is thriving across the city and state. Colorado is home to over 400 breweries—the fourth-largest beer state per capita in the United States. This includes over 70 alone in the Mile High City. Beer is ingrained in Denver’s culture with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Crisp notes of grain and hoppy aromas are not hard to come by in Denver with numerous freshly brewed beers produced and served daily. Denver has been ranked among the top beer cities in the country by several mass media organizations in recent years (Travel + Leisure, the USA Today and CNN.com). Several craft breweries are within a short walk of the meeting, including Great Divide, Jagged Mountain, and Wynkoop Brewing Company. Most breweries are available to tour, and Denver.com offers an annual Beer Trail visitors can follow that features some of the local craft microbreweries in town. Be careful, though - drinking alcohol at higher altitudes may go to your head faster!
Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been referred to as a “geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.” Located just 15 miles outside Denver, this legendary music venue has showcased a long list of large musical acts, including the Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and U2 to name just a few. Red Rocks, a National Historic Landmark, is reputable for attracting artists of this caliber through its stunning natural acoustics, paired with its panoramic breathtaking views. You can make a whole day out of visiting Red Rocks. Outside the amphitheater, there’s plenty of additional attractions, including hiking, biking, shopping and dining. It’s over a mile above sea level and features transitional areas where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Red Rocks boasts 738 acres of land for visitors to venture around. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can join the many locals that run up and down the nearly 380 steps for a good workout.
It’s more than an urban myth. Denver is frequently referred to as one of the sunniest cities in the United States. Locals claim to see 300 days of sunshine each year. Although this sunny streak may seem a little clouded, the truth isn’t too far-fetched. Going as far back as 1872, Denver has averaged 279 days without any measurable precipitation. While we can’t promise good weather during your visit, Denver should be beautiful!
Experience life at a higher altitude! Denver actually sits one mile in elevation above sea level and there are several landmarks across the city that mark “mile-high elevation points.” For instance, Denver’s State Capital Building has a step that is exactly one mile above sea-level (5,280 feet; 1,609 meters). Be careful, though! Physical activity is intensified and alcohol hits harder at higher altitudes!
Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to allow the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. Denver was at the forefront of the Colorado “Green Rush,” with 18 of the first 30 stores opening within the Mile High City in 2014. That number has now grown to over 150 recreational stores, a 500% increase in just 6 years. Visitors can experience the Denver green rush first hand through touring commercial marijuana grow operations, experience glassblowing demos, recreational dispensary visits, attending cannabis paint classes, cannabis-paired dinners and much more (click here). You must be 21 or older to have or use retail marijuana, and it can only be used on private property with the owner’s permission.
Denver has a storied athletics heritage and houses over 10 professional teams, representing each of the largest leagues in the country: the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLS), The Women’s Premiere League (WPL), the Central Hockey League (CHL), Colorado Pro Rodeo Association, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and much more. Professional franchises include the Glendale Merlins (Reigning WPL Rugby champion), the Denver Broncos (NFL), Colorado Rockies (MLB), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Denver Bandits (Women’s National Football Conference), Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League), Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse), Denver Barbarians (Super League – Rugby) and the Glendale Raptors (Major League Rugby) to name a few. Click here to view the schedules for each of these teams. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the action and tour famous iconic venues such as the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, Pepsi Center, National Ballpark Museum or Coors Field.
Rocky mountain oysters, green chili, Palisade peaches and “mountain meats” are among some of the traditional foods woven within the Colorado culture. Additionally, the vegan scene in Denver is getting better all the time. Rocky mountain “oysters” are a true Western-American delicacy. These non-seafood snacks are actually breaded and fried bison or bull testicles. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! They are loaded with nutrients and are a nice compliment to the many craft beers brewed fresh in town. Palisade peaches—ripe, sweet and juicy. It’s as simple as that. Locals refer to them as the perfect peach. Expect there to be green chili on everything in Denver. Often made with pork, onions, tomato, garlic and an assortment of spices and chilies, this sauce is found all over the city -- from breakfast diners to burger joints. When we’re talking mountain meats, we’re referring to lamb and bison. Grab a bite of Wild West history with a roaming American bison burger or steak. With an emphasis on sustainability, Colorado perennially ranks among the highest in the nation in Bison production. It’s low in fat, and high in protein. You may already be familiar with Colorado lamb, considering its popularity among restaurants across the globe. Bred for its meat and not wool, now you can find the authentic real deal in numerous restaurants in downtown Denver. Denver is known for having hearty vegetarian and vegan options and even completely pant-based restaurants. From Urban Beets Café to Metaburger, Denver proves to have dining options for everyone.