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12-15-2018, 05:28 AM   #1
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looking for help: local info and ideas needed for Denver Colorado trip in June

my wife and I will be arriving in Denver in June 9 late morning and leaving late afternoon on June 12, 2019

I have been in Denver briefly once before but didn't have time to do anything much [business trip in late November ] this time we will be meeting a group and going to two night games ( Monday and Tuesday ) between the Cubs and the Rockies

[ yes, I will be attempting some photos of Coors Field and the game ]

so I expect to have some free time

suggestions, hints and other information welcome.

we will be flying in and staying at a downtown hotel within walking distance of the ball park ( the organizers claim ) but flights and hotel have been chosen already and cannot be changed

not planning on renting a car - so info on getting around Denver without one would be greatly appreciated

thank you

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Anywhere near the mall is walking distance with buses back and forth frequently. I liked the union station and the park past the bridge just to walk around. The art museum is close. The science museum is nice. A good zoo and arboratum. I think the art museum is on the light rail path. Pretty sure the rest take bus to bus transfering or taxi. There's some ideas for starters.
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Anywhere near the mall is walking distance with buses back and forth frequently. I liked the union station and the park past the bridge just to walk around. The art museum is close. The science museum is nice. A good zoo and arboratum. I think the art museum is on the light rail path. Pretty sure the rest take bus to bus transfering or taxi. There's some ideas for starters.
starters is good

thanks

where is this mall - is it the 16th Street Mall ?

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Just have to post these. The station at -20F February early morning and at Riverfront park across the millennium bridge at a stobist meet up back in 2007.



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Just have to post these. The station at -20F February early morning and at Riverfront park across the millennium bridge at a stobist meet up back in 2007.
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very nice

and a nice and welcomed admission to this thread

nice to see what others have photographed [ although not sure I can match them ]

and personally I am hoping for warmer weather in June

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June is wonderful there. I used to bike around the city in June all the time literally, great bike paths.
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Of all the places I've lived, Denver was Utopia! Within a 2-mile radius of Coors Field, here's what I'd recommend...

Denver Art Museum | - Just beyond the SE end of 16th St is Civic Park, where you'll find the DAM, Mint, library and gold-domed Capitol. It's also a really nice area to walk around. The park usually has craft festivals on the weekends.

Parks | Denver Parks and Recreation - City Park - the zoo and science museum is located on the grounds, and you can get some nice pics of the skyline and Rockies.
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Welcome to Denver Zoo - zoo

York Street | Denver Botanic Gardens - Botanic Gardens

The 16th St Mall is really the place to hang out - restaurants, shops. At the west end (LODO) is the Millennium Bridge (three flights of stairs to get up and over). On the other side is a park at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. There's a kayak slalom course there you could get some pics. Also a night shot of the bridge and buildings could be nice, too. A free bus shuttle runs the length of 16th St. And, don't forget, you can take a bike or scooter to get around the area, too, especially if you want to get out to City Park or the botanic gardens.

I'd love to go, but I wouldn't want to leave...
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There is a train between the airport and Union Station so that is probably the most practical first step to getting to your hotel. Right now that trip is $9 per person but it'll probably go up to ten-something by June. That train goes right by the ball park so you can get an idea of the physical distance. From Union Station, you can get on other train lines, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle and various bus routes. My wife and I have walked from there to well past the ball park, 30th and Blake, so I think of the station as not being that far away.

Here's the web site for the public transit system:

RTD

They have a transit card called My Ride which I like. I load the card then don't pay any attention to what the system costs. It might be more practical to get regional day passes which are paper coupons.

Union Station itself is recently developed and you can spend a lot of time right there. I think of places based on the availability of lots of craft beer. Union Station has the Terminal Bar which qualifies. There are probably a dozen places around the ball park that are great for beer. If you continue up Blake you could easily find a dozen more. I have lots of beer recommendations.

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I used to love Wynkoops but I hear it's not so good anymore. I went back around 6 years ago and it seemed craft breweries were opening everywhere.
Of course there is still The Beat generation places.Denver's Beat Legacy | VISIT DENVER I liked El Chapultepec right by the field. Exploring Denver's El Chapultepec | HuffPost Life
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Visiting the Denver Mint on foot is sort of annoying. They won't let you carry anything, they don't have any lockers to store anything and tours are first-come, first-served, no reservations. It helps to have something else planned instead.
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Thanks you very much

this is what I expected

fast and helpful input from fellow forum members

please keep adding to it.

we will be staying with a group [ Cubs Destinations ] which chose the hotel - the Magnolia Hotel 818 17th St, Denver, CO 80202

( we are lucky, we get room free because of reward points )

won't know where we are sitting in Coors Field until late May or so but we know both games are night games

so after we get there from the airport Sunday noonish or so, the hotel will be the base of operations until we depart for a 5 PMish flight on Wednesday.

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Visiting the Denver Mint on foot is sort of annoying. They won't let you carry anything, they don't have any lockers to store anything and tours are first-come, first-served, no reservations. It helps to have something else planned instead.
so no cameras can be taken in and no safe spot to store them, correct ??

if so, sounds like a spot we will skip


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Of all the places I've lived, Denver was Utopia! Within a 2-mile radius of Coors Field, here's what I'd recommend...

Denver Art Museum | - Just beyond the SE end of 16th St is Civic Park, where you'll find the DAM, Mint, library and gold-domed Capitol. It's also a really nice area to walk around. The park usually has craft festivals on the weekends.

Parks | Denver Parks and Recreation - City Park - the zoo and science museum is located on the grounds, and you can get some nice pics of the skyline and Rockies.
Igniting our community?s passion for nature and science : Denver Museum of Nature & Science - science museum
Welcome to Denver Zoo - zoo

York Street | Denver Botanic Gardens - Botanic Gardens

The 16th St Mall is really the place to hang out - restaurants, shops. At the west end (LODO) is the Millennium Bridge (three flights of stairs to get up and over). On the other side is a park at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. There's a kayak slalom course there you could get some pics. Also a night shot of the bridge and buildings could be nice, too. A free bus shuttle runs the length of 16th St. And, don't forget, you can take a bike or scooter to get around the area, too, especially if you want to get out to City Park or the botanic gardens.

I'd love to go, but I wouldn't want to leave...
I love a good zoo and met Dave Johnson, one of the keepers there, last week when he gave a talk at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

so I will be trying to contact him. He works with the rhinos and elephants and has published some children books

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We've eaten at Panzano's which is a block up from your hotel, and that was very good. Probably a couple of years ago now. The other Italian place we go to is Venice, very close to Union Station. I haven't been disappointed in any place that we've eaten in that area, even restaurants that we only chose to get out of the rain. Check out Oskar Blues for local craft beer.

There is a bus that gets you to the Zoo. I might look at Uber.

From your hotel to the ballpark, you could just walk 6 blocks up and 4 over, or walk one block back to 16th Street, catch the free shuttle up to Blake, then maybe 5 blocks over. I think the main ballpark entrance is at about 21st and Blake, just from memory of walking by.

I like to walk around that area with a single small prime lens, 21mm to 50mm, and wait for shots to fall into that focal length.

From the airport, it'll cost $10.50 per person to Union Station.
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We've eaten at Panzano's which is a block up from your hotel, and that was very good. Probably a couple of years ago now. The other Italian place we go to is Venice, very close to Union Station . . .

There is a bus that gets you to the Zoo. I might look at Uber.

From your hotel to the ballpark, you could just walk 6 blocks up and 4 over, or walk one block back to 16th Street, catch the free shuttle up to Blake, then maybe 5 blocks over. I think the main ballpark entrance is at about 21st and Blake, just from memory of walking by.

I like to walk around that area with a single small prime lens, 21mm to 50mm, and wait for shots to fall into that focal length.

From the airport, it'll cost $10.50 per person to Union Station.
thanks for the local info, that is what I was hoping for

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the cost of $10.50 per person from the air port is that by train or what ?
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sounds like a job for some of the primes I have acquired: the 21, 35 and 40 limiteds and/or 28mm Kiron or the best in its class 40 XS

what to choose, what to choose
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