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D E S T I N AT I O N S P O T L I G H T
You can't have bragging rights from a trip to Denver until you see these sights. Next time you're in town or are
planning an event in the area, make sure to pencil in time to visit a few of these must-sees. Warning: it may take
more than one visit!
The Brookings Institute ranks Denver as the fourth most
walkable downtown in the nation. You can save on shoeleather by riding the free shuttle bus on the 16th Street Mall -
it makes everything downtown easy to reach.
U.S. Mint: Learn how to make money! The Mint produces
50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little "D" for
Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a
dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall: Lined with 200 trees and
50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long pedestrian promenade has
28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver's best people-watching. I.M.
Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the
pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus - they're
free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages
clatter up and down the Mall.
LoDo Historic District: Denver's happening historic district
is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to
90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes. Stop
by Rockmount Ranchwear for a snap button Western shirt at
the store where they were invented; browse at the Tattered
Cover Bookstore; listen to jazz at El Chapultepec, one of
Esquire Magazine's 50 best bars; or sip a handcrafted beer
at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub
opened by former Denver Mayor (now Colorado Governor) John
Denver's largest park has several lakes, spectacular
mountain views, flower gardens and a hiking/jogging trail that
is exactly one mile high.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: The fourth largest
museum in the U.S. is a maze filled with treasures of the earth
- dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhibits, science experiments, a
digital planetarium, IMAX theatre and touring shows.
Denver Zoo: Lions and tigers and bears - and so much more,
on lovely grounds make this the fourth most popular zoo in
America. Go underwater with polar bears at Northern Shores,
or eyeball-to-eyeball with a gorilla in Primate Panorama.
Predator Ridge recreates the plains of Africa with a pride of
lions, while Tropical Discovery is rainforest teeming with
crocodiles and Gila monsters.
This tree-shaded neighborhood is just two miles from
downtown and easily accessible by bike on the Cherry Creek
Denver Botanic Gardens: This 23-acre oasis in the middle
of the city has 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as
well as one of the nation's top 10 conservatories. Relax in the
Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden and
the new Mordecai Children's Garden.
Colorado's first capital celebrates its Old West history and
mountain location with a trendy downtown filled with galleries
and recreation shops. Sip a beer at an outdoor café, while
kayakers float by on fast rushing Clear Creek.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitors Center: Carved from
towering red rock monuments, this 9,000-seat arena is one of the
world's most renowned concert venues and has hosted everyone
from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. Listening to a concert
here is on the "bucket list" of every true music fan. When there's
no concert, the Visitor Center has a museum and Rock 'n' Roll
Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that
weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave: Welcome to the Wild West!
Buffalo Bill Cody's exciting story as Pony Express rider, army
scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at this fun
museum, high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the
snowcapped Rockies in one direction, the Great Plains in the
other. For those with strong nerves, drive to the museum on
the hairpin Lariat Loop Drive ... then continue to I-70, exit 250,
to see a live herd of buffalo. ●
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Fall 2016
The Challenges of Planning Smaller Meetings
10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings
MPI WEC 2016: Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
What’s Trending in Event Design
New Member Spotlight
MPINCC New Members
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - cover1
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - cover2
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 3
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 4
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 5
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Innovation Corner
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - The Challenges of Planning Smaller Meetings
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 9
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 11
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - MPI WEC 2016: Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 13
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Thought Leadership
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 15
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - What’s Trending in Event Design
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - POV
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - New Member Spotlight
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Destination: Denver
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - MPINCC New Members
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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