What to Do Near Denver International Airport

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Eat up You can eat up at Root Down, which is the first local restaurant to expand to the airport and everyone loves it. Elway’s is the quintessential upscale Colorado steakhouse experience and you can find it at concourse B. Mesa Verde gets great reviews for being an affordable spot with top-notch and fast service, you can find it in Concourse A. you can also have a taste of hot dogs from Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs located in concourse B. Udi’s bakery is also a nice spot as they provide gluten-free options. If you are stuck overnight, the McDonald’s in concourse A and Burger King in Jeppesen terminal are a great option since they are open 24 hours.
Lounge You can spend some quality time at the lounges if you belong to a lounge membership program like priority pass or alternatively buy a day pass to relax.
Go on a Colorado beer crawl Colorado is home to hundreds of breweries, and Denver hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival, you can taste some world-class beer without even leaving the airport. Visit the Boulder beer Tap House for their legendary hops located in Jeppesen terminal outside of security. You can also visit the New Belgium Hub located in Concourse B for beers you can’t get elsewhere.
Enjoy the view You can get the best views of the Rockies near gate C23 and C24. Colorado boasts 300+ days of sunshine, so your odds for a view are good. As the sun sets you will get a whole new meaning of “Purple Mountain’s majesty.”
Shop There are plenty of shops to explore, you will find plenty of airport staples, like convenience stores selling magazines, books and last-minute travel and technology solutions plus a range of clothing and art solution. You can push your luck with tickets from Colorado lotto or pick up some local goods at any of souvenir shops. There are plenty of boutiques where you can try out new makeups, clothes, and skincare
Get cultured You can get some quality display of museums that rotates through the stories of Colorado aviation. You can access these views by using the Skywalk between Jeppesen and concourse A. you can get views of the giant, bucking blue horse sculpture with its demonic red eyes.
Become a conspiracy theorist You can explore the murals, sculptures and signage conspiracies from a one-world government to satanic codes.
Get connected You can stay connected to friends and family, update social media accounts and surf the internet during your layover. There is free wi-fi throughout DIA which does not require an account and does not expire.
Get your blood pumping You can take strolls in the concourses to get your heart pumping as Denver is the Mile-High City and DIA stands at a slightly higher altitude of 5,431 feet. You will need to rehydrate; each concourse provides 4 free water bottle filling stations.
Ride the rails with your kids You can ride the underground train with your kids. It is free and comes every few minutes and plays music and audio from the Denver mayor and local stars like Peyton Manning. Concourse B’s mezzanine has a small play area for kids and a toy store, Kazoo & Company open 8 am to 8 pm.
Relax, Spas, therapy, and prayer rooms You can take a few minutes to relax with a massage treatment or manicure and pedicure. Concourses A and B host a Massage and Xpress Spa are in concourse C. If you are stressed, the Denver International Airport Canine Airport Therapy Squad, CATS program gives travelers an opportunity to interact with members of the airport’s most beloved four-legged volunteers. For prayer or quiet time, visit the Interfaith Chapel and Islamic Prayer Hall in Jeppesen terminal open 24 hours.
Explore Denver You can use the newly completed RTD A line which connects the airport with downtown departing every 15 minutes for $9 one way. There is plenty to explore in Denver. Union Station is the heart of downtown with plenty of local restaurants, breweries and distilleries, and cafes around. You can also catch a game or tour Coors field, home of the MLB’s Colorado Rookies.
Sleep You can catch some sleep whether it’s a daytime nap or an overnight campout session. Seats and benches are available throughout the airport. You can take advantage of the wide-open carpeted floor space. There is the Westin Hotel attached to the main Jeppesen terminal which will be an option if sleeping in the airport isn’t your style.
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