4 Coolest Ways to Spend a Layover in Denver

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If you’ve got a long layover in Denver, Colorado, or you just like to get to the airport early to be prepared for your flight, you're sure to enjoy your downtime in surprising ways at丹佛国际机场

Unwind and relax between flights at Denver International Airport (referred to by locals as DIA, though the actual airport code is DEN), located 24 miles northeast of downtown Denver. The airport is a cool place for the whole family to hang out, grab a bite to eat, and even enjoy some free recreation from ice skating to yoga and pilates classes.

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Enjoy Seasonal Entertainment

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The “Events at DEN” series offers a seasonal rotation of fun (and free) events held outside at the airport on the Plaza between Jeppesen Terminal and the Westin Hotel, such as live jazz concerts in the spring.

Summer months allow travelers to rejuvenate on Wellness Wednesdays with zumba dance classes, pilates, yoga, or various other fitness options. From late May through early September, the DEN Plaza turns into a 7,000 square foot park, giving the community and employees a totally new type of airport experience; relax by the native trees and plants, and enjoy activities like lawn games.

For those flying into掘金在秋季, make the airport your first stop on the beer circuit. Coinciding with the伟大的美国啤酒节and啤酒节, the airport holds its annual “Beer Flights.” Visitors can pay to taste samples of beer from Colorado’s microbreweries and brewmasters, plus take home a souvenir glass and have fun with trivia games and local entertainment.

Then, in winter, the丹佛机场opens up a free ice skating rink which is about 40 feet by 60 feet and is located just outside of the security lines. It gets decked out with holiday decorations, has music playing in the background, and offers additional entertainment, like screenings of holiday movies and carolers.

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Eat Like a Local

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DIA was ranked number one in the nation on the 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard released by RewardExpert, surpassing the other top 20 most-trafficked airports in the United States. You won’t have to settle for standard airport fare, and there are dozens of options—many being local eateries—as well as a specialty coffee shop called The Roasting Plant at the Hotel and Transit Center.

丹佛中央市场is a popular food hall in Concourse A which includes restaurants like Vero Italian pizza, Curio Bar, Izzio Bakery, Sushi-Rama, Crema Bodega, and Culture Meat & Cheese. Snarf’s Sandwiches and Breckenridge Brewery are located in Concourse A, as well.

Other popular丹佛outposts at DIA include Elway’s steakhouse, along with New Belgium Brewing Sports Bar, both in Concourse B.

In Concourse C, Colorado burger chain Smashburger serves burgers (including veggie burgers), fresh salads, cocktails, and several Colorado beers from breweries like奥斯卡·布鲁斯,大分水岭, and左手。 You'll find Root Down, a veggie-centric and green restaurant, in that same concourse.

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Investigate a Conspiracy Theory

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DIA是几个阴谋论,包括公共艺术展示的是一丝的启示,地下掩体,被闹鬼传闻,秘密社团,以及作为外来通信和光明的枢纽。 It’s been featured on the TV show “Conspiracy Theory” and provides fodder for plenty of sleuthing conspiracy theorists in online forums.

要与它的一些有趣的,DIA已经知道用艺术展览探索十月份最普遍的阴谋论,甚至引导阴谋论旅行团一起玩。 The airport has even thrown conspiracy-theory costume parties. “We decided a few years ago that rather than fight all of this and try to convince everybody there’s nothing really going on, let’s have some fun with it,” Heath Montgomery, former senior public information officer for DIA told丹佛邮报

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赶上落基山脉的景观

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科罗拉多州的百年州是著名的自然美景,包括与五颜六色的野花,河流,沙漠山,丹佛也不例外,可欣赏到落基山脉。 The Rockies stretch more than 3,000 miles/4,800 kilometers from northern British Columbia, Canada, all the way to New Mexico, Colorado's neighbor to the south.

对于落基山脉从机场,头门C23和C24产生了好感。 The days are often sunny in Colorado, so you have a good chance of seeing the lovely landscape; sunsets are great, too.

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