Denver International Airport (DEN)
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- Denver International Airport (DEN)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 30, 2013
DEN is located on the outskirts of Denver. It's difficult to drive in and out of DEN as it's located 10 minutes from the freeway (non-toll) and often a 20 minute drive if taking the local route from the North.
It is the main hub for United. I've come here a lot as a United frequent flyer and found that it has decent food options and nice lounge areas on the upper floors (one floor above gate area). There are two main security checkpoints of which flyers of any airline may enter. Check both if it's peak hours. A USPS Post Office is available on the same floor as ticketing and is great to send that last minute postcard or package. After security, flyers take a tram/people mover to their terminal area. Each stop goes to a different terminal. Look on the board overhead in the tram and get off accordingly.
- Denver International Airport (DEN)Oct 25, 2013
While the Denver airport doesn't quite compare to my favorite airport of all time, Schipohl, it is definitely up there.
DEN is roomy, well connected, and most of all, has a great variety of restaurants and cafes. Lounge 5280 in Terminal B has some fantastic custom cocktails that you can enjoy while people watching from above. There's also a Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, which makes colossal sandwiches - have half before your flight, half during.
Another plus is the plethora of charging stations throughout the terminals, which always comes in handy. And make sure to check out their unique gift shops featuring Native American jewelry and clothing...yep, you're definitely in Denver.
- Denver International Airport (DEN)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Feb 03, 2014
DIA is one of the most interesting airports I have ever been to or flown out of. Built on land that is sacred to the Native Americans, it bears several marks of Native American influence. First, the main terminal looks like a village of teepees. On the approach you'll also see the blue statue of a horse with red eyes rearing up on its hind legs. The statue's real name is "Mustang," though many locals refer to it as "Damian." It's more scary than inspiring, especially since the original sculptor was actually killed by the statue when the horse's head fell on him while it was being hoisted into place.
- Denver International Airport (DEN)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Mar 08, 2013
I arrived on a military flight as ground crew and the extremely friendly airport fireman came over to see us. Some of us went in their hummvee and I ended up 100ft up in the air on top of their fire truck ladder taking photos of our aircraft. Boy was it high but so worth it for the experience.
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- Denver International Airport (DEN)Dec 01, 2012
I detest this airport for purely personal reasons that mainly have to do with it's construction but besides that - it's not terrible, it's just massive. You're in for a bit of a walk if you have to catch a connecting flight with a gate on the opposite side of the airport but if you have time there are plenty of place to stop and eat as well as shop. The downside is that they built it in the middle of nowhere so getting to where you need to go in Colorado can be tiresome.
- Denver International Airport (DEN)Oct 12, 2012
Actually pretty impressed with Denver all in all. Granted, I wanted to get home to my people in the OC, what with all the Boulder folks trying to nuke my imagination and such, but of course the flight plan to OC is wicked tight, so I missed my connection due to weather. Sad day.
This partially has to do with the United service counter, but let me tell you about another personal mantra of mine which goes like this,
"Don't mess with the people that make your food, don't mess with people who hold your life in their hands, and don't mess with people who can make your life a living hell if they really wanted to."
Yelling at the United guy at the counter because you didn't make your connection only serves to piss him off, which will in turn have him A) make sure your bags are lost, B) make sure that little 'surprises' are left in your bag should you ever find it, and C) make sure that the next flight getting you home has 3 connections and places you right next to the single bathroom on a flight back from the annual sausage eating competition.
So for you people who I saw getting pissed and being general dicks to the good people working the counter, I say, this, "Thank you. Because of you, and because of my general politeness, I managed to score the last two tickets on a great flight back home, and a solid hotel reservation. "
Security in the morning was actually quite pleasant, as I laughed and joked the whole time with the nice man who had his hand so gently placed on my nether regions while looking for "bombs." I'm sure that as the day goes on their attitudes proportionally diminish.
There are a wide variety of food options, easy to read terminal information, and lots of moving devices to use when your gate gets changed repeatedly like mine did. Good times Denver, the commemorative beer mug from your gift store will help me to forget old times as I sit on my couch by myself watching The Bachelorette.
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- Denver International Airport (DEN)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Sep 12, 2012
Denver is one of the better domestic airports I've been through. Past security there are plenty of services, including a full service post office.
Curiously, DEN is a big spot on the UFO hunters trail, and plenty of conspiracy theorists speculate about the conception, design, and operation of the airport supporting some grand UFO cover up. Apparently the earth coordinates in Close Encounters of the Third Kind point to the airport rather than Devil's Tower. Jesse Ventura featured the airport on his conspiracy TV show, saying various murals were coded messages.