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I'm so excited to meet you all in Denver next week! I've lived in the Denver area for 15 years and thought I'd share some tips for making the most of your time here.
1. Drink water!
So much water. Due to the dry air and altitude, we need to drink extra water. Officially, it's healthy to drink 3-4 liters (~120 fl oz) of water per day. Bonus points if you use a reusable water bottle during your trip! In the words of the young people...
(this is a common phrase to put on stickers for reusable water bottles)
Dehydration can make you more susceptible to altitude sickness: nausea, dizziness, and pounding headaches, among the milder symptoms. Believe me, experiencing Colorado is much better when you're hydrated and free of altitude sickness.
2. Sun protection
The Mile High City is a mile closer to the sun than many other places. When combined with our thin air, it's is a recipe for sunburn and skin/eye damage. Use sunscreen liberally (50+ SPF is a good idea), reapply it regularly, and wear hats and sunglasses when outdoors. For context, I get sunburned when I'm outside without sun protection for >10 continuous minutes when the UV index is >6, and my skin is already accustomed to this weather. During Inspire, the UV index is definitely going to be >6 for most hours of the day.
3. Other tips
- use hand lotion and lip balm on dry skin, including in your nose
- carry tissues in case of spontaneous nosebleeds (thank you, dry air)
- bring clothing layers. It will be cold in the morning/evening and hot in the afternoon, often swinging 40°F in a single day
- want to hike? Use AllTrails to get ideas and check difficulty level
- look for the recycle and compost guides at restaurants:
- check out 5280.com and other sites for more tips
4. Explore the outdoors
The best way to experience Colorado is to explore our beautiful outdoors. Here are some classic spots if you have access to a car:
- Hiking at NCAR in Boulder (here's one of many hikes in the area). There are buses that run between Denver and Boulder, which can help if you don't have a car. Google Maps is great at navigating the RTD buses.
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre - for watching the sunrise, just visiting, or seeing a concert. Concerts here are often a bucket list item!