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The ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) International Conference & Exposition in Denver, Colorado is quickly approaching, and we are getting excited for the learning and networking opportunities. From May 6 to 9, EDSI will be exhibiting at the conference, and we hope to see many of you there.

If you are planning a trip to Denver for the ASTD 2012 conference, take advantage of the great sights, restaurants and activities the mile-high city has to offer. Leading up to the conference, we will be sharing our favorite Denver travel tips in a series of blog posts.

4 Great Denver Museums & Attractions

1. Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum was founded in 1893, and it showcases a rich collection of Western and regional artwork. The American Indian collection is particularly interesting — it spans close to 2,000 years and features more than 18,000 pieces from 150 North American tribes. The new Franklin C Hamilton wing, designed by Daniel Libeskind and built in 2006, is an eye-catching, avant-garde architectural addition. The museum is open every day except Monday.

2. Confluence Park

This park is the perfect place to relax on a warm spring day — for lunch or after sessions at the ASTD 2012 conference. Confluence Park is a beautiful spot where Cherry Creek and Platte River meet, and you can enjoy some fresh air on the jogging and biking trails or pack a picnic for a leisurely lunch.

3. Downtown Aquarium

After you visit Confluence Park, take a trip over to the Downtown Aquarium, which is an interesting blend of a novelty restaurant and a traditional aquarium. Animals include river otters, tigers, sea turtles, stingrays and greenback cutthroat trout (the Colorado state fish).

4. Buffalo Bill Museum 

One of the most fun Denver travel tips we’ve received is to go to the Buffalo Bill Museum, a tribute to the Western scout, William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who rode for the Pony Express and traveled the world with his famous Wild West Show. The museum features memorabilia from his life, as well as guns, Western art and American Indian artifacts. It is located in the 66-acre Lookout Mountain Park.

Are you attending the ASTD 2012 conference this year? Share your Denver travel tips in the comments.




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