Denver is definitely one of the best-value city destinations in the U.S. It's only the 25th largest city in terms of population but it has the largest airport in the country (and the third best in North America according to Skytrax) serving on average 1,400 daily flights, many aboard low-cost airlines such as Southwest, JetBlue, and Frontier. With so many options, finding availability and affordable fares on a flight from your home city shouldn't be too difficult, especially if you book in advance.
Cheap hotel prices make Denver friendly for budget travelers too. RoomRate.com, a site that tracks average hotel prices in 20 major U.S. cities, currently lists Denver at the bottom of its list, with average rates about 50 percent lower than accommodations prices in New York, the most expensive city on the list.
When to book
Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.
Last-minute lodging is available most of the year, but it's a good idea to book at least one month in advance. For visits during the high season or popular events, book at least three months in advance to ensure availability.
Where to find deals and book
Twenty-two different airlines fly to and from Denver International Airport. All of the major carriers serve Denver, as do a host of low-cost carriers including AirTran, Alaska Airlines (which includes Horizon Air), Frontier, JetBlue, Midwest, and Southwest. These lines commonly offer sales and discounted last-minute airfare. Be sure to compare prices from different providers before booking.
For hotels, the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau has an accommodations booking engine that allows you to search for lodgings by top picks, price, star rating, hotel name, neighborhood, and proximity to major landmarks. It offers a "Best Rate" guarantee for many of the listings, although this does not cover "special rates" such AAA discounts. To help you choose the right hotel, you might find it useful to browse a user-review site such as our partner TripAdvisor, which ranks and lists rates for nearly 150 different Denver properties.
For packages that combine airfare and accommodations, you can shop for deals from major providers like Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity using SmarterTravel's comparison tool. If you're planning a quick, last-minute getaway to Denver, be sure to look at the package deals from Site59 and LastMinuteTravel.com.
A few more sites for deals and booking
- Colorado-for-Free: This blog posts details about free events, tours, exhibitions, performances, and other activities in Denver and the rest of the state.
- Entertainment.com: The Entertainment company sells city- and region-specific coupon books good for savings at attractions, restaurants, hotels, shops, and more. The Denver book costs $22 and features more than 600 coupons, including ones good for free admission to the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Children's Museum, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra performances.
- RTD: The website for Denver's public-bus and light-rail operator has maps, schedules, and fare information, including a list of discounted fare options.
- StubHub: You can score hard-to-find tickets for performances, concerts, and sporting events in Denver from individual sellers through this site.
The information and websites listed here were valid at the time of publication, but some details may have changed since that time. Please check directly with the provider for the latest information.