9 Denver Attractions to Visit During the 2018 Rave User Summit

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2018 Rave User Summit in Denver

The 2018 Rave User Summit will take place in the scenic city of Denver, Colorado on April 16-18th. The conference is an opportunity for you to hear nationally recognized leaders in as they kick off each day with meaningful presentations, learn from industry experts, provide critical input for our products in early development, and ask questions about Rave’s platform of solutions with a product guru at the Guru Lounge. Registration for this year's event is open, so be sure to sign up today.

The 2018 Summit event is also the chance to see and explore one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. The mile-high city boasts unique attractions, a variety of museums, world-class food, nightlife, and awe-inspiring nature. It’s a well-known destination for hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing, so in-between sessions Rave customers will have the opportunity to take in the natural sights. If you’re more of an indoors-y type of traveler, Denver’s brewpub and culinary scene are equally noteworthy. That’s not to mention the many arts and entertainment possibilities – with nationally-ranked museums and a growing gallery culture, there’s plenty to explore no matter what your interests might be.

There is also a rich history in Denver that dates back to the Old West era. Historic landmarks include the historic Union Train Station, which was newly renovated, and the city’s downtown district Larimer Square which features 19th-century architecture. Here’s just a sampling of what Denver has to offer:

1. Union Station

The historic Union Train station was restored in 2015, and it’s both Denver’s transportation hub and popular tourist attraction. The stunning main hall doubles as a lounge, with free WiFi, high-end couches and chairs, and shuffleboard. In the immediate neighborhood travelers can find coffee shops, restaurants, and a seasonal farmer’s market. The station was first built in 1914, and it’s definitely worth taking a moment out of your Rave Mobile Safety User Summit weekend to see this landmark.

2. Pikes Peak Garden of the Gods

If you’re the kind of traveler to rent a car and explore the area outside the city, the Garden of the Gods is one of the top geological wonders of the world. The rock formations sit in a vast national park, and visitors can bike ride, hike, or horseback ride across the terrain. After you explore the park’s many hiking trails, head to the Garden of the Gods trading post for food, and to visit the museum, which displays a large collection of beautiful Native American art.

3. Denver Art Museum

In addition to housing one of the largest collections of Native American art in the United States, the Denver Art Museum puts on regular exhibits, and guests might see anything from European Impressionism to Star Wars costumes. The building’s architecture is impressive in itself, and it’s one of the largest museums in the Western region of the United States.

4. Tour Coors Field (Or Catch a Game!)

The Colorado Rockies play at Coors Field, and visitors can take tours of the well-known Major League Baseball park. In addition to standard game seating and regular visiting hours, the venue recently installed a The Rooftop, a part of the field with two decks of with an aerial park view, bars, and a rentable venue space. The historic field and its recent updates are definitely worth a visit while you’re in the area.

5. Forney Museum of Transportation

While attending the 2018 Rave User Summit, be sure to check out this quirky museum featuring a collection of historic vehicles. The museum began as collector J.D. Forney’s private collection of automobiles, but according to the institution’s website today it features “buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriages, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys & diecast models, and vintage apparel”. This is definitely a must-see for anyone with an interest in United States’ infrastructure and its infrastructure.

6. Denver Botanic Gardens

This green garden is over 23-acres of agricultural beauty and design. The garden features plant-life local to Denver, but also greenery from across the world. In the flowers and other plant-life, visitors can find significant sculptures from distinguished artists like Chihuly and Calder. The garden also holds seasonal events and concerts.

7. Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is a popular destination for visitors and boasts a commitment to saving animals. The destination features all sorts of creatures, including a leopard, hippopotamus, orangutans, and a Komodo dragon. If you love animals and want a place to visit that isn’t a museum or bar, this is a great option.

8. Larimer Square

Larimer Square is the most historic block in Denver. It’s also the hub of nightlife, and visitors can enjoy shops, bars and clubs, and world-class dining. If you’re a true city-goer, this is the neighborhood to explore. It’s one of the most vibrant destinations in the city, and is known for the lights that hang overhead.  If you still have energy after the day of Rave Summit, head downtown to catch this notable sight.

9. Mount Evans

It wouldn’t be a visit to Denver without a hiking trip. The Mount Goliath Trail and Summit Trail (very appropriate) lead out from the Denver Botanic Garden. If you’re not up to climb the peak on foot, the Mount Evans scenic byway is the highest paved road in America. It’s an easy road trip that will offer the same breathtaking views.

There are plenty of reasons to attend the 2018 Rave User Summit in Denver - the conference is a unique chance for you to improve your product experience and network with safety managers in a variety of industries. However, if you’re still not convinced, consider all the sights, sounds, and eats you will have the chance to see in the mountain-town of Denver. Where better to spend a weekend than looking up at the Rocky Mountains?


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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.


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