"It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to Denver in 2023 for the 11th annual National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Designing Cities Conference. In a city that boasts more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, a robust bikeway and trail system for epic adventures, must-try restaurants and unique breweries, vibrant arts and sports scenes, and the Rocky Mountains in our backyard, we have so much to offer. During your visit, I encourage you to explore our great city."
Our entire conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver on 15th Street. Pop down from your hotel room to the meeting rooms on the 3rd floor for an all-in-one venue experience.
Fly into Denver International Airport and take the A Line to downtown Denver. A one-way trip costs $10.50 into Union Station. From there, you can take the local bus/shuttle to the conference hotel.
What's Happening in Denver?
We've got a packed conference agenda, but there's also plenty to do in Denver beyond #NACTO2023. Arrive early or stick around a few extra days early and check out these recommendations from Denver locals:
"Arrive in town early to check out ¡Viva! Streets, an open streets, ciclovia-style event on Sunday, May 14th! We invite people to experience what our streets can look like without cars along the route that's accessible from Downtown and runs through several historic neighborhoods." - Sam McCrory, Open Streets Program Manager at the Denver Streets Partnership
"Grab a sandwich at Leven Deli and then walk to the Clyfford Still Museum for some peace and quiet away from conference crowds." - Wesley Dismore, Transportation Design Engineer for the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI)
"Take RTD light rail to 10th and Osage Station then walk one block north to Bikes Together, Denver's non-profit community bike shop. Then, have dinner or a drink at the Buckhorn Exchange - Denver's oldest restaurant." -Steve Laudeman, Engineer, DOTI
"With a quick walk from the hotel, you can get to Civic Center Park. where you can see the State Capital and City Hall. Walk a little further, and you'll get to Confluence Park, where there are pedestrian only bridges over the South Platte River: watch the kayakers and the rapids, and just enjoy the green space." - Rolf Eisinger, Vision Zero Project Manager, DOTI
"I suggest taking a Brewery Tourin the RiNo neighborhood, which is also filled with great food and art. Outside the city, you can hike St. Mary's Glacier or bike North Table Mountain." - Brett Boncore, Engineering Supervisor, DOTI
Sticking around Denver the weekend after the conference? We recommended checking out the Sun Valley Night Market underneath the Colfax Ave viaduct on Saturday May 20 from 4 to 10pm. The Sun Valley Night Market celebrates culture, art, and food from local chefs, artisans, and entrepreneurs. There will be live music, family-friendly games, and food trucks. Come to have fun, explore Denver, and support a diverse community.