Local Information

25th Annual ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on
Principles Distributed Computing

(PODC 2006)

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Travel information

  1. The major airlines flying to Denver International Airport (airport code: DEN)
    • Alaska Airlines
    • America West Airlines
    • American Airlines
    • Continental Airlines
    • Delta
    • Frontier
    • Midwest Airlines
    • Northwest Airlines
    • United
    • Air Canada
    • Lufthansa
    • Mexicana
    • British Airways
  2. DIA to/from the Adam's Mark hotel. The hotel recommends the two shuttle bus companies:
    1. Blue Sky Shuttle $16 one way; $30 round trip.
    2. Supershuttle $19 one way; $34 round trip. When you come out to the Baggage Claim area, you can easily find the ticket counter. Go there, tell your destination (Adam's Mark hotel in downtown Denver), and pay for your ticket, then they will tell you where and when you can take the shuttle and the shuttle number.
    There are other shuttles you can grab (no need for reservation) outside the Baggage Claim terminal, and the prices vary (around $18~20 one way).
  3. There are taxis also (will cost around $45~50).

General information (http://www.denver.org/default.aspx)

Denver, with its metro area population of 2.3 million, has the tenth largest downtown in the U.S. - a bustling area centered around a mile-long pedestrian promenade that is lined with outdoor cafes and flower baskets. Down every street there are mountain views. The mountain panorama visible from Denver is 120 miles long and includes nearly 200 named peaks. Downtown Denver is home to three new sports stadiums, 300 restaurants, a restored historic district filled with 90 bars and brewpubs, a collection of museums, a variety of galleries and shopping, the second largest performing arts center in the nation, three college campuses and even a unique downtown amusement park, Six Flags Elitch Gardens.

General climate of Colorado: The combination of high elevation, mid latitude interior continent geography results in a cool, dry but invigorating climate. There are large seasonal swings in temperature and large day to night changes. During summer there are hot days in the plains, but these are often relieved by afternoon thundershowers. Mountain regions are nearly always cool. Humidity is generally quite low; this favors rapid evaporation and a relatively comfortable feeling even on hot days. At night, temperatures drop quickly, and freezing temperatures are possible in some mountain locations every month of the year.

Average temperature of Denver in July is 86.2 (Max) and 62.1 (Min).

Local Attractions

Golden Triangle Arts District (walking distance):

Other Attractions (approx. distance from the Adam's Mark Hotel)

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