5,280 feet up, Colorado’s capital city is as big on business as it is on natural beauty
What makes Denver the kind of city that collects accolades like No. 4 on the Best Places for Business and Careers list from Forbes? Just as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.
For starters, Denver is smack-dab between the Midwest and West Coast, making it a natural storage and distribution hub. It’s famous for its picturesque spot at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, but that’s more than a tourist draw — it’s also appealing to mining and energy companies.
Aerospace, telecommunications, and technology industries all have a strong presence here, as do a number of national food chains — Chipotle, Quizno’s, and Qdoba among them.
Want to go the extra mile when visiting the Mile High City on business? Here’s what you need to know.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Flights from Sea-Tac to Denver International Airport (DEN) — the fifth busiest in the U.S. — are typically between two and a half to three hours. Multiple airlines fly the nonstop route, including Alaska, American, Frontier, Southwest, and United. The airport is about 25 miles from downtown; if you don’t have a rental car, transportation options include a taxi (around $55), Uber (around $35), the SkyRide bus ($9 to $13), and various shuttle services. Once you’re in the city, you often can get around by foot if your business is mostly downtown, and the light rail is helpful, too. Given Denver’s bike culture and abundant bike lanes, you also might want to consider pedaling to your next engagement. Bike-sharing system B-Cycle gives you unlimited rides under 30 minutes for a daily fee of $9.
The Power Lunch
Keep it classic at the Edge Restaurant & Bar, a steakhouse at Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Lunch options range from soups and salads to sandwiches and burgers; complimentary valet parking is available. For Northern Italian with a twist, Panzano delivers dishes like crispy calamari, almond and mascarpone tortellini, and lightly breaded eggplant. There’s an entire menu for gluten-free diners and plenty of vegetarian options. In a hurry? Track down the mobile Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada, typically found at the base of the iconic D&F clock tower, for a tasty brick-oven pie cooked quickly.
Get Some Sleep
Finding a nice hotel isn’t a difficult endeavor in downtown Denver. One good option: the theater-themed Hotel Teatro, centrally located and highly rated — it’s been named one of the Top 10 Hotels in the World by Expedia and one of the Top 50 City Hotels in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. Printing, scanning, faxing, and iPad use are available at the front desk, and rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, deep soaking tubs and a rainfall shower, and 24-hour room service. For that big meeting in the morning, take advantage of the free pant press and overnight shoeshine services. For those attending an event at Colorado Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Denver is as convenient as it gets. Rooms are newly renovated, and the on-site FedEx Office Business Center comes in handy. Near the airport, Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport is an extended-stay hotel within easy distance of a number of training facilities and corporations.
Gonna make you sweat
Like the Northwest, Colorado sports an outdoorsy and healthy vibe — its obesity rate is second-lowest in the nation. Get your exercise on outside with the Cherry Creek Bike Path, a pretty trail accessible from downtown, or follow the early birds for a run before the day begins at Confluence Park, a spot on the banks of the Platte River. History buff alert: It’s also the site where Denver was founded.