Post # 1
Help! I am planning in FI’s 30th birthday trip and want to take him to Denver. Unfortunately, with planning a wedding funds are a little tight. I found a great flight deal, but YIPES hotels are spendy there!
We have never been and want to explore the downtown area and whatever else Denver has to offer. 2 questions:
1. Do we need to rent a car or how is the public transit there?
2. Any good (cheap!) hidden gems of places to stay near downtown?
We will be there in mid-april from Sat night-Tues afternoon if I can make this affordable! Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Denver public transportation is alright, as long as you don’t wander too far from the light rail. There is a great free bus that runs through the walking mall/restaurant/night life area of downtown. The light rail is fairly inexpensive and makes a good network to outlying areas in the metro area, but if you have to go too far from one of the stops, it can be a pain. Depending on where you are staying/where you are intending to go, you might want to rent a car, but if you are sticking to downtown and can find a place to stay within walking distance of the lightrail, you probably won’t need one. As for places to stay, I don’t know any really inexpensive ones, but you could check out airbnb.com – its a website where people list their own homes as places to stay for pretty cheap – accomodations can range anywhere from a futon to a private bedroom and bathroom or even an entire apartment. I’ve never used it myself, but I’ve heard good things and as you’d be staying with natives, they can give you the skinny on good places to eat/see etc near where they live.
Post # 4
I live just outside of Downtown, so I probably can help you. What is your budget so I can have an idea of places to suggest.
As far as public transportion – it is decent. The RTD bus goes to the airport. On the weekends, my friends and I just use cabs. Also, there is a free shuttle on 16th street downtown that goes from one end to the other. I think you will be fine w/o a car if you are just staying the Denver area. There is also buses that run up to Boulder, which is fun and beautiful that time of year.