Making a Day of It in Denver
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Q. I have a nine-hour daytime layover in Denver. What can I do at the airport? Can I go into Denver?
Val Golovskoy, Arlington
A. Thanks to a 1991 local ordinance that ensured continued funding for art for public spaces, you can explore Colorado's second-largest public art collection without leaving the airport; only the Denver Art Museum's is bigger. Murals, mosaics, paintings and photography extend airportwide, and in Concourse C there's a hanging garden that, airport spokesman Chuck Cannon says, "looks like an Aztec ruin in the middle of a Mexican jungle." But save all that for when you're back in the airport two hours before your scheduled departure time; with nine hours, Cannon says, "there's a whole raft of things you can do."
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) skyRide bus service (303-299-6000, http:/
Keeping an eye on the time, you could hop on a bus near the mall to the Denver Zoo, in City Park, where two endangered golden lion tamarins were born this summer (303-376-4800, http:/
Q. I want to travel to professional tennis tournaments to take in local attractions as well as the events; I'm looking at Monaco and Montreal, maybe combining the Italian Open and the French Open. Are there groups that organize such excursions?
Tom Copsey, Crofton
A. Tennis fans are a hardy bunch. "It takes a special person to go to a tennis tournament and sit for 10 hours," said Susan Rosauer of Vermont-based Grand Slam Tennis Tours (800-289-3333, http:/
Tours include hotels, city orientations, tournament tickets and group social functions for most of the locations you're looking for, plus the Australian Open, Wimbledon and others. The six-night 2008 French Open package includes time to take your own swings on red clay courts (from $4,250 per person double). Clients can attend multiple tournaments on the same trip, such as your Italian/French double play.
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