Stuck on a Denver layover?
With its tented terminals, the Denver airport is unique and green, participating in the city-wide initiative Greenprint Denver and is currently the only airport in the U.S. to have been accepted to the Environment Protection Agency. The airport is located roughly 25 miles from downtown Denver which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Denver layover, click here for useful tips.
Denver Airport offers a lot of great services for travelers if you’re stuck in the airport during your layover. There are Guest service staff, located at airport information booths in Jeppesen Terminal and each concourse, that can help direct you and answer questions as well as provide tourist information about Colorado. There are also Hospitality Ambassadors, who walk around wearing white cowboy hats, who will guide you.
The airport offers free WiFi Internet Access throughout the airport in Jeppesen Terminals and Concourses A, B, C. It should automatically be able to connect, but to connect manually use SSID of DIAFREEWIFI or call (888) 490-3771 with any problems.
There is also a pet exercise area, which is great if you’re traveling with a four legged friend, or just want to take a look. There is one pet designated area outside Jeppesen Terminal, Level 2 West, near Door 200.
Other services at the Denver airport include a smoking lounge, post office, shops and restaurants, a United Service Organization Center, Interfaith Chapel and Islamic Prayer Hall, Credit Union and ATM, Lost and Found and Telephones. For more information, visit this site.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels in the area for varying price points. For a comprehensive list of Denver hotels, click here.
For those wanting to explore the area during your Denver layover, and looking to ditch your luggage, there aren’t any lockers, but there is a baggage facility in Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5. For more info, call (303) 342-5858.
As far as transportation, there’s a variety of ways to get around Denver. Enter the location or type of transportation you’d like to use and it will connect you with the information you need. You can travel by bus charter, public bus, shuttles, taxis and more.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Denver Layover:
If you have a change of clothes, and the weather is good, nothing beats a great rafting tour. It’s a great way to see the Colorado outdoors, and there are tons of companies that offer half and full day rafting tours. You can check out some of them here (also listed are shopping tours). Of course, you’d need to have quite a lengthy layover to pull this off.
Cruise Room Bar
Nothing beats a layover then a couple great drinks. Head over to the Cruise Room Bar at The Oxford Hotel, and visit Denver’s first bar opened the day after Prohibition was repealed. You never know, rumor has it that you can even spot a ghost or two.
If shopping is the name of your game, check out Larimer Square which boasts lots of trendy shopping. It’s also a great place to grab a bite, or catch some nightlife, if you’re on an overnight layover.
Unlike typical aquariums where you stare at the fish behind the glass, at the Denver Downtown Aquarium you can actually snorkel with a 350lb Queensland Grouper, Moray Eels, and tons more in their “Under the Sea” exhibit. If you prefer to stay dry, there’s still plenty to see including a Sting Ray touch tank, and over 500 species of animals.
The Spa At The Brown Palace
If spas are you’re idea of enjoying your layover, check outThe Spa At The Brown Palace. Designed by famed architect Frank E. Edbrooke, the spa offer custom treatments, special
soaks, and more. To make an appointment, call (303) 312-8940.
Mile High Club-n
If you’re into the party scene, check out the Mile High Club-n, which offers VIP All Access to three nightclubs, and limo bus transportation from $39 per person.
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