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    Denver International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 20, 2014

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    Recently opened in 1995, Denver International Airport (DEN) is the largest airport in the world. At 53 square miles (137 square kilometers), the airport is twice the size of Manhattan, and is larger than the cities of Boston, Miami, and San Francisco. The city planners decided to place the new airport about 23 miles (37 kilometers) to the northeast of Denver on the open plains in anticipation of future growth and expansion. Denver International Airport is the tenth-busiest airport in the world, primarily because it is one of the three hubs of United Airlines. Until recently, the airport was only served by domestic airlines. However, due to the increasing importance of Denver as a center for international business, there are now nonstop flights to London, Frankfurt, Reykjavik, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Mexico City and several other destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.

    Airlines serving Denver International Airport: AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, jetBlue Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and Volaris.

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    You Gotta Have Wheels

    by RoscoeGregg Written May 28, 2011

    I know that public transport bites in the U.S. It is a painful fact that at this point the best way to see most of my country is with a personal vehicle. So it is best to have this factored into your plans. With the exception of New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland you will need wheels.

    I will give you a few ideas that have worked for friends of mine that have visited the U.S.

    1. If you have time and the adventurous sprit consider bike touring. I know that this seems crazy to many. It is one of the most interesting ways to see many places in the U.S. It is rich with cultural involvement and would make the trip of a life time.

    2. Develop a friendship with an American and travel with them or borrow a car from them. We have traveled with many friends from outside the U.S. and it worked well for them.

    3. Rent a car this is expensive but easy and reliable. There are many reliable companies and you can get them right at the airport where you land. (Most U.S. airports are NOT well connected with the cities they serve) This helps to avoid the hassle of getting into town.

    4. Buy a used car and sell it when you leave. Many friends have chosen this option and for those with the temperament for dealing with the extra work it is a great option. You most likely will take a loss when you sell it but it comes out better than renting cash wise.

    Well I hope this helps a bit.

    You see the side of your pardner's head a lot Americans Love their Cars Distances are long so be sure to take breaks The car can become a rolling Picnic Be sure to stay rested. DO NOT FALL ASLEEP!!
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    We drove in from Nebraska.

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 24, 2009

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    Colorado like much of the American west is car country. You can get from city to city by mass transit but getting to the state's national parks is another matter. To truly see the state extensively, you will need your own vehicle. The roads are generally great and once away from the greater Denver area, relatively traffic free. Well, at least in September they were!

    Typical driving distances: Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park-65 miles/1.5 hours. Denver to Boulder-30 miles/30 minutes. Denver to Fort Collins-65 miles/1 hour. Denver to Mesa Verde National Park-450 miles/9 hours.

    driving to and around Colorado's national parks
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  • Colorado Springs to Breckenridge and Western CO

    by pagecafe Written Apr 11, 2007

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    A great scenic ride if you are heading west through Colorado is to take State Route 24 from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista. If you are going to Breckenridge area turn north off 24 onto Route 9 in Hartzel, CO. If you need to go further west than Buena Vista take Route 50 west. All these routes are very scenic and not heavily traveled.

    Warning: Traffic on Sunday afternoons and evenings can be heavy on eastbound Route 24, as everyone is coming back to Colorado Springs from their weekend getaway to the mountains.

    View from Route 9 - 12 miles south of Breckenridge
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    Colorado Springs Airport (COS)

    by Astrobuck Updated May 30, 2006

    Colorado Springs Airport has 5 major airlines within it's gates: American, United, Delta, US Airways, and Frontier. Southwest Airlines is rumored to have a few gates here in the future, but nothing concrete as of yet.

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  • Colorado Road Trips

    by j7286 Written May 18, 2006

    Keep an eye on your gas gauge, the distances between towns can be vast in Colorado, especially if you're driving on roads other than the Interstate Highways (which I hope you are, that's the best way to see places). Public transit between towns is nigh non-existent for the most part, though Amtrak still makes a trip across the state (and the Winter Park ski train in the winter time is popular on weekends -- from Denver up to a nearby ski resort).

    Also, expect anything when driving up in the mountains -- it was snowing in June when I drove over the Continental Divide. Some mountain roads don't open until after Memorial Day. In the winter time, chains may be required on some mountain passes -- pay attention to the weather bulletins.

    Mountain driving requires shifting into 2nd or 3rd gear at times, due to steep inclines. Save wear and tear on your brakes -- use your gear shift. Keep your eye on the road, and let your passengers ooh and aah over the amazing scenery -- there are plenty of pull-outs where you can stop and gaze for yourself. Speaking of pull-outs -- if there are cars behind you wanting to take those mountain curves at a fast clip, pull over and let them by. Chances are they've driven that road a hundred times, and know exactly where the curves get hairraising and just how fast they can navigate them -- but you don't. Smile, and let them pass.

    Slowmoving traffic stays on the righthand lanes, of course. Watch out for semi-trucks, mountain driving is especially difficult for them.

    And please, watch out for the many bicyclists you might encounter on the road. Give them a wide berth, as safe as possible for everyone. I had a friend who was hit by a truck while bicycling, and suffered brain damage as a result. Nothing is worth that, no matter how much in a hurry you might be.

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    Driving in Colorado

    by Florida999 Written May 11, 2006

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    Colorado has some very good roads and even driving in the Rocky Mountains is not difficult. Most of the roads are large, and there are not as many curves as I expected. Distances are generally what they look like on a map. We drove from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in a shorter time than expected. Once you get up in the mountains, the road is pretty much straight and you can drive without any problems.
    Traffic was only bad when we drove from one side of the Rocky Mountain NP to the other, but it was tolerable overall.
    I would hate to drive in Colorado in the winter!! They have large poles at the side of the road for the snow plows to FIND the road, or so we were told

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    The Best Way To See Colorado

    by Astrobuck Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    In my opinion, if you want to experience Colorado-The REAL Colorado-Then my suggestion is to buy or rent an SUV. There are many areas where you can drive off road and see things very few have seen (I would suggest a 4-Wheel Drive for this by the way). In addition, you can stop whenever you want, go whenever you want, and sleep whenever (or wherever) you want.

    Before I moved here, I actually did this for 3 years in a row. I have never regretted it; and I also had a total blast the whole time!! This is definately something that should be on your to do list!

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    But not always!

    by johngayton Written Mar 3, 2006

    OK the above tip has exceptions, this the dam road from Dillon towards Breckenridge. however this is the exception that proves the rule - the main road (whose number temporarily escapes me) was still open at the time this pic was taken.

    No short cut today!
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    Don't Worry About The Snow

    by johngayton Written Feb 10, 2006

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    Once you are up in The Rockies don't worry too much about getting around on the roads when it snows - it has to snow pretty heavily for the main roads to be closed off. They are pretty organised regarding clearing,

    OK I admit it, this tip is only here because I love this pic and had to create a place to put it!

    Don't Drive On Wrong Side Of Road!
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    Colorado is a big place!

    by Restless-in-kl Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    Colorado is beautiful and the best way to appreciate is to rent a car and just drive around to your heart's fancy. Be mindful that it may take hours to get from 1 location to another, so make sure you plan your roadtrip properly and realistically before starting your journey.

    Also, a tank full of petrol will help tremendously!

    Of course, having a dog in the car helps to prevent any car-jacking and keeps you company on these long road trips :-)

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    Durango - Silverton train

    by Tayto Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    Durango - Silverton

    This is a great day out - travel on the old steam train from Durango to Silverton. It takes about 3 hours but the scenery will keep you interested all the way. Silverton is an old mining town and this was the mai mode of transport to the mine well into the last centuary.

    One tip though is to come pack by coach rather than by rail....well 3 hours on a steam train is enough propably even if you are into trainspotting which I certainly am not....besides if you get the coach back you get to see the scenery from a different perspective. The whole deal costs about $65 and is well worth it.

    Silverton itself is not that inspiring but with a little imagination you can visualise what it must have been like in the tough mining days...you can even go panning for gold or do a mine tour if you are staying overnight there

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  • Rent a Car

    by phastphreddy Written Jun 2, 2005

    If you're coming from the East Coast, it's a very long drive to get to Colorado. I would suggest that you fly into Denver and rent a car there. It’s not too expensive and it gives you the opportunity to spend more of your vacation seeing the things that you want to see, and less of it driving across the Great Plains.

    Don’t get me wrong; I think everyone should make a serious, cross country, road trip at least once in their lives. It’s just that we often have precious little time and a lot that we want to do with it.

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    Only by Car

    by Colorado70 Written Jun 1, 2005

    This is for all of you not from the US: Unless you are strong lunged and legged to go by bike (which some of you are I'm sure), you will need a car to get around Colorado. The distances are relatively large, i.e. from Denver to Colorado Springs, 1 hr or 60 miles, Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs, 5 hours or 280 miles. Distance tends to be measured more in time than by actual units of distance (km or miles).

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    Mountain Driving rules for Colorado visitors

    by dolphingoddess Written Mar 11, 2005

    I know that many visitors to Colorado are what we lovingly refer to as 'flat-landers.' Meaning, that you are unaccustomed to driving in the moutains.

    IMHO, Colorado is the most beautiful state in the US. Breathtaking vistas and views abound in and around the Rocky Mountain region. That being said, should you choose to drive in the mountains, there are some basic principles that need to considered.

    Many mountain roads are only 2 lane roads, meaning one lane in each direction. With many switchbacks and blind curves, passing lanes are an all too infrequent occurrence. You will notice significant fluctuations in speed limits on a mountain road. Just because you just saw a speed limit sign of 20 mph for a curve, does NOT mean that the speed limit is 20 mph until you see the next speed limit sign. Typically when not negotiating significant curves, speeds average between 35-40 in the straight-aways. If you are not comfortable taking curves at or near the posted speed limit, please be aware of and courteous to other drivers who do not share your phobia.

    You will also notice that there are signs along the road for 'Slow vehicle pullout/pulloff.' If you look in your rear-view mirror and see a HUGE line of cars behind you, guess what? YOU are the slow moving vehicle and need to get out of the way.

    We understand that our state is beautiful and breathtaking and welcome you to enjoy the sights and natural wonders. However, you must also realize that we live here and have schedules and lives to lead and oblivious tourists are a danger to us all. Please stay alert for your sake and ours.

    :-)

    ~ Amy

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