This post is a short part 2 of my Weekend in Denver, albeit a bit late…
A few things visitors should know about visiting Denver:
- Due to the high altitude (the city is located a mile above sea level) there is 25% less protection from the sun’s rays so make sure and use plenty of sunscreen. I got burned twice as fast as usual.
- Also, since your heart works a little faster at high altitude, and the air is both thinner and dryer, it’s important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This took me a bit of getting used to. Just drink about 50% more than normal and you’ll be great.
- Alcohol is also going to have a greater affect at this altitude because it enters the bloodstream quicker. So take it easy on the beer factory tours. Sorry, but I didn’t drink enough to report on how well this actually works…
A few cool facts:
- A golf ball or football will actually go 10% farther in Denver’s thin air.
- Because there is less water vapor in the air the sky really is bluer at this altitude.
- Denver is the 6th sunniest city in the US with 300 days of sunshine per year.
You can also read Weekend in Denver – Part 1, or peruse the other places I visited during this extended weekend in the Denver area: Boulder Colorado, Colorado Springs and PikeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Peak and also Golden Colorado.
While in Denver I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Meridian. You can read my review.