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Stanley Marketplace - Take in the local flavor as you thread
your way through the community of 50+ independently
owned Colorado businesses extending the opportunity to eat,
drink, shop, exercise, play, unwind and simply enjoy yourself at
Stanley Marketplace, which is located just 11 miles southwest
of NAID 2019.
The Mile High View - Denver has a lot to offer. Have you
ever had the opportunity to say that you’ve stood at exactly
one mile high? By visiting the Colorado State Capitol building,
and climbing the west steps, you will find yourself standing at
exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. Explore the views further
in the building to see the snowcapped peaks out west. You
will always have a clear view of the mountains out here, as
it is against state law to block the views of the 200 named
mountains visible from the dome.
RiNo - Located just a mile north of downtown, the River
North Art District, or RiNo for short, is Denver’s creative hub.
Home to artists, this area has no shortage of coffee shops,
restaurants, and art exhibitions.
Little Man Ice Cream - No matter how cold it may be in
Denver, there is almost always a line at Little Man Ice Cream.
This local ice cream staple serves up an ever-changing menu
of locally made ice cream out of its building which is shaped
as a giant milk can. With every scoop served, Little Man
donates a scoop of rice, beans, or other food to communities
in need worldwide.
If you are planning on extending your trip after the NAID
conference wraps up and are looking for some day trips
for yourself or your family, Colorado has plenty to offer.
Approximately an hour drive from the Gaylord Rockies Resort
& Convention Center, there are the towns of Boulder, Golden,
Boulder Tea - For all the tea lovers out there, you will
rejoice in learning that Boulder, Colorado is home to Celestial
Seasonings Tea. They offer free tours daily which include tea
tastings and your “ticket to the tour” which happens to be
a tea bag. While in Boulder you can also enjoy the beautiful
Flatirons for great hiking, or Pearl Street for shopping and
Golden Beer - However, if beer is more up your alley then
you will be pleased to know that the Coors Brewery is in the
beautiful town of Golden, Colorado. They offer free tours daily,
which include an education in the making of all Coors Brand
beers, as well as few free brews.
Denver’s Early History
How did this old western mining town
became the hub that it is today?
Denver was no stranger to the Gold Rush of the late 1800’s.
With the discovery of gold and silver in the Rocky Mountains,
people were quick to build railroad lines to supply the mining
camps that formed throughout the state. Due to the extensive
amount of railroad lines, two men by the names of Jay Gould
and Walter Cheesman consolidated this network into one
central location called Union Station.
Although the original Union Station has since burned down,
it was rebuilt in 1914, and then restored in 2014. Located in
the lower downtown district of Denver, otherwise known as
“LoDo”, the renovated Union Station building boasts a wide
selection of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
A Gal Worth Remembering
One of the most famous historical
residents of Denver was the
“Unsinkable” Molly Brown. A visit
to The Molly Brown House Museum
will let you explore the Titanic
heroines’ former home, which
has been restored to its original
Victorian characteristics. Her wealth
during the gold rush days and fame
as a Titanic survivor can be found
throughout the memorabilia within