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June 26, 2018

10 Things to Do in Denver During Envision 2018

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The 2018 Enviance User Conference is coming to the Mile High City in September! We’re excited to introduce our users to Denver and its surrounding area, which are rich with natural beauty, architectural marvels, and cultural sites. To that end, we’ve put together (in no particular order) a list of ten things to do in and around Denver during your stay:

 

  1. The Colorado State Capitol Building – Did you know that it’s against Colorado state law to block the view of the 200 named mountains visible from the Capitol Building’s rotunda? It’s a view that you can take in during one of the free tours offered during the week. You can also see what it feels like to stand at exactly 5,280 feet (one mile) above sea level on the west steps of the building.

  2. The (Big) Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center – This giant work of public art was created by the late Denver artist Lawrence Argent. More formally known as “I See What You Mean,” the sculpture stands 40 feet high and seems to peer curiously into the windows of the convention center’s lobby. The monumental piece was installed in 2005 and has since become an iconic Denver photo-op.

  3. Red Rocks Amphitheater – one of the most iconic stages in the world, Red Rocks Amphitheater is located less than 20 miles from downtown Denver. The venue plays host to hundreds of events throughout the year, from sold-out concerts to film festivals to local high school graduations to religious services. You can consult the Red Rocks calendar for the most up-to-date event schedule. Besides its performances, the park also offers a variety of opportunities for recreation, including guided tours, hiking, biking, shopping, and dining.

  4. Union Station – Known as “Denver’s Living Room,” Union Station is over a century old. It underwent a recent transformation, turning a gritty transportation hub into a center for award-winning restaurants and shopping, while still maintaining the bus, light-rail, and Amtrak routes through downtown. If you’d prefer some guided sightseeing, the Crawford Hotel offers paid tours of Union Station on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

  5. Pikes Peak – An hour drive south of Denver, Pike’s Peak is one of the American Fourteeners, standing at 14,115 ft. It’s also one of the most visited summits in the country, offering visitors the option to see the world from above the clouds via the 19-mile Pikes Peak highway (site of the world-famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb auto race) or, for the adventurous, biking or hiking the 6000+ feet of elevation gain. The view is worth it, we promise!

  6. The Garden of the Gods – A majestic, otherworldly landscape of sandstone rock formations awaits just outside of Colorado Springs, just a little over an hour from the heart of Denver. The Garden of the Gods is a National Natural Landmark with plenty of opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, off-roading, Segway tours, and other guided adventures in addition to educational presentations, classes, and demonstrations. Best of all, admission to the park and visitor center is free!

  7. Denver Art Museum – The Denver Art Museum is one of the top 20 most visited art museums in North America. It’s made of up two buildings, the North Building, a fortress-like structure designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti, and the Hamilton Building, by Daniel Libeskind. The North Building is currently closed as it undergoes extensive renovations, but the Hamilton Building is open seven days a week, allowing visitors to enjoy the museum’s world-class collections, which include textiles, paintings, sculpture, photography, and other works.

  8. Buffalo Bill’s Grave - Take an excursion into the Wild West just outside the city and discover the life of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, legendary Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter, and showman. One of his final wishes was to be buried on Lookout Mountain above Denver, and you can visit his grave site at Lookout Mountain Park for free. The park is open seven days a week from May to October, and also offers short hiking trails, a museum dedicated to Buffalo Bill, a curio shop, and a small café.

    On your way to or from the Buffalo Bill Museum, also be sure to take a ride down Lariat Loop Drive, a twisting road with panoramic vistas that aren’t for the faint of heart. You can also see a herd of buffalo at I-70, Exit 254. The city of Denver maintains the herd, all of whom are direct descendants of the last wild buffalo herd in the US.

  9. The Colorado Railroad Museum – Train lovers rejoice! The Colorado Railroad Museum, located just outside of Denver in the city of Golden, boasts a 15-acre rail-yard with over 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses, and cars. Visitors can also explore the working Roundhouse and an 1800s-style Depot Museum building that houses model railroads, photographs, and artifacts.

  10. The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum – Founded in Golden, CO, in February 2008, the American Mountaineering Museum is a joint venture of the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Club, dedicated to mountaineering, the mountains, science, and art. Named after the late Bradford Washburn, a pioneering cartographer, mountaineer, and visionary director of the Boston Museum of Science, the museum’s collection includes over 5,000 pieces of gear, prints, and cultural artifacts, pay homage to human achievement in the world of mountain and rock climbing.

Enviance's annual User Conference is a unique opportunity for our users to connect and collaborate to optimize  their solutions. There’s still time to register for this year's event, as well as apply to be a conference speaker! Visit the Envision 2018 website for more information. 

 

 

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