Heading to Denver, Colorado, for #ISTE2016? We are too. For anyone new to the conversation, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) holds an annual conference at different locations around the United States of America. This year, the conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, between the 25th and 29th of June and will include a variety of exciting events. For anyone with an interest in educational technology, ISTE 2016 will be a hotspot for like-minded people.
If you are anything like us at Kami, the thought of heading to a city for a conference also offers the exciting opportunity to see what a city has to offer, especially one that is known for having 300 days of sunshine a year. Located one mile above sea level, Denver is nicknamed the “Mile-High City” and has a plethora of things to see and do that are exclusive to Denver. Any person travelling to a new city should do so with a plan to make the most of their time there. Here is our list of the 10 things to do while in Denver for ISTE 2016:
Denver Summer Flea
We’re all about food trucks, and on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, the best food trucks will be heading to the Denver Flea! Book online and get a complimentary craft beer or Margarita. If you have some downtime at ISTE 2016, we recommend heading down!
I See What You Mean – Big Blue Bear
Convention centres are more often than not sterile and uninspiring – but not in Denver. Local artist Lawrence Argent created this 40ft outdoor sculpture, “I See What You Mean,” of a big blue bear with his face pressed against the convention centre in 2005, and it quickly became a bona fide Mile High City icon.
We LOVE Ramen, and Uncle Ramen is known to serve the best in the city. Nothing beats a bowl of Ramen followed sinking your teeth into the soft and fluffy perfection of pork buns which will follow. Uncle Ramen – I hope you are ready for us.
Denver Botanic Gardens
If you ever visit the Kami headquarters, you will probably wonder if you are in the headquarters of a software company or a garden centre. Wherever we go, we love to visit the botanic gardens to see what’s on offer. Greenhouses are always a must. Sculpture lovers on your team? Kill two birds with one stone and take the sculpture tour of the gardens.
Black Eye Coffee
Coffee fiend? You wouldn’t likely catch any of us functioning upright without it. We’re looking forward to heading to Black Eye Coffee. With two locations in Denver, we won’t need to travel far for a damn good coffee.
16th Street Mall
If you have a shopping quota to fill, look no further than the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian and transit mall that stretches over 1.25 miles. It is home to over 300 locally owned and chain stores, over 50 restaurants, and the Denver Pavilions.
Not only is the art museum home to some of the best American Indian pieces on display in the world, but it is also a stunning, multi-award winning building designed by architect Frederic C. Hamilton. The museum is one of the largest art museums between the West Coast and Chicago. It is known for its collection of American Indian art, and its other collections of more than 68,000 diverse works from across the world.
Like rooftop bars? Head downtown to Linger for a few happy hour drinks after a long day at ISTE. The venue has an interesting history; it was once the longstanding Olinger’s Mortuary and is said to have housed Buffalo Bill for six months in 1917.
Museum of Nature and Science
We’ve all seen living animals, why not spice things up by visiting the dead! Ever seen an Allosaurus and Stegosaurus do battle with an 80-foot-long Diplodocus towering overhead? Didn’t think so.
Union Station is the main railway station and central transportation hub in Denver. Built in 1868, it recently went under major renovation and reopened in the summer of 2014. Chances are, if you are travelling from out of town, you will be passing through the station, but take the time to have a good look around the building; the views are outstanding!