In the summer of 1858 a small group of prospectors from Georgia crossed the great plains of the Colorado Territory and made a region-changing discovery at the base of the Rocky Mountains: gold. It wasn't long before tents, tepees, wagons, lean-tos, and crudely constructed log cabins lined the banks of the South Platte River as prospectors and fortune-seekers poured into the area. Located on the banks of the South Platte River close to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver was founded in November of that year when General William H. Larimer claim-jumped the land on the eastern side of Cherry Creek, laid out a city and, in hopes of gaining political favor, named the city after Kansas Territorial governor James Denver. He didn't know that Denver had already resigned, but nonetheless the city of Denver grew rapidly, becoming the new county seat of Arapahoe County and eventually the state capital.
Today, Denver boasts the 10th largest downtown in America and one of the most exciting and walkable. Within a mile radius, downtown Denver has three major sports stadiums, the nation's second-largest performing arts center, three colleges, a variety of art and history museums and 300 restaurants. Denver also has one of the most unique city park systems in the nation with more than 200 parks within the city and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains. When dining out you’ll notice the abundance of fresh and local ingredients used as well as new craft breweries opening up every month, along with several distilleries and wineries!
For more information about Denver, visit: www.denver.org.
Getting to Denver
The Denver International Airport (DEN) is located 26 miles from the Westin Denver Downtown. Taxi service is available for a flat rate fee of $55.57 from the airport to the Westin with a travel time of approximately 40 minutes. The University of Colorado A Line also provides easy and affordable transportation between Denver International Airport and Union Station in downtown Denver. The airport fare is $9.00 and trains depart every 15 minutes. For full ground transportation information, visit the DEN website at: www.flydenver.com/parking_transit for more details.
Planning Your Visit
In summer, Denver enjoys low relative humidity, making for beautiful, sun-filled days and cool, comfortable evenings. The average daily high temperature in July is 88 degrees. Additionally, a sweater or jacket may be needed in air-conditioned hotel meeting rooms. workshop and Institute participants usually wear business casual clothing and find that relaxed, comfortable summer attire is appropriate for all of the sessions and meals. Casual clothing is acceptable for touring.
For questions, contact CGS Meetings Department.