Denver, Colorado

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This is an archived version of the website for the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in 2006. For current conferences, please see the conference page at
Registered spouses are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 10, the Keynote Address on the morning of Monday, September 11, and the Reception and Dinner on the evening of Monday, September 11. The Spouse registration fee is US$125.

Exploring Denver
Dramatically situated 1 mile above sea level on the Colorado Plains, Denver - known as ‘the Mile High City’, lies at the geographical centre of America, midway between Mexico and Canada, with the Rocky Mountains soaring to 14,000ft in the background.

The mountain panorama visible from Denver is 120 miles long and includes nearly 200 named peaks. Founded during the ‘Pikes Peak or Bust’ gold rush of 1858, Denver has transformed into a bustling metropolis, and is now the 20th largest metro area in the country. At the heart of Denver lies the tree-lined red and grey granite of 16th Street, dominated by the D&F Tower - a 325ft replica of the campanile of St Mark’s in Venice.

Lower Downtown, Denver

With over 300 days of bright sunshine each year, Denver outshines San Diego and Miami Beach. In September, the average temperature is 62.3 degrees, with warm days and cool evenings.

Denver has numerous golf courses located throughout the region, and featuring unparalleled mountain vistas, intriguing sandstone rock formations framing greens, and rumbling clear-mountain streams. Have you ever seen a bear on the green or elk in the fairways? You can in Colorado.

The Ridge
The Ridge

Highly regarded courses in the area include The Ridge Course at Castle Pines North, the The Dunes & Knolls at Riverdale, and the Wellshire course. Other places to play include Murphy Creek, and - of course- the Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club.

The Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club
The Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club

Area Attractions
For more information on attractions in Denver, visit the Denver Metro Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
Colorado History Museum
1300 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 866-3682
Adults $7, Children (ages 6-12) $5, Seniors/Students $6
Monday-Saturday: 10am-4:30pm, Sunday: 12pm-4:30pm

Imagine covered wagons, a rendezvous of fur trappers, Indian buffalo hunts, mining the Rocky Mountains, and life in early Denver. Discover the diversity of Colorado from its earliest inhabitants to its pioneer families. Explore Colorado's own museum with fascinating collections, detailed dioramas, historic photographs, artifacts, and more. One of the 12 museums and historic sites operated by the Colorado History Society.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1005 York Street
Denver, Colorado 80206
(720) 865-3585
Adults $8.50, Students/Children (ages 4-15) $5, Seniors $5.50
Saturday-Tuesday: 9am-8pm, Wednesday-Friday: 9pm-5pm

Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street presents a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world, including Australia, Africa and the Himalayas. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate Denver's unique high altitude climate and geography. The Gardens also provide education programs on plant conservation.

LoDo (Lower Downtown)/16th Street Mall
23-block area around Union Station
16th Street & California
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 628-5428

LoDo is the affectionate name that Denverites call the Lower Downtown Historic District and mixed-use neighborhood. LoDo, a redbrick Victorian neighborhood that is the city's birthplace, had fallen on hard times until a massive revitalization project reclaimed the area. The famed Tattered Cover bookshop is here, as is the city's historic Union Station. Part of LoDo, the 16th Street Mall was built in 1982. The mile-long pedestrian mall is lined with outdoor cafes, historic office buildings, shops, restaurants, and department stores. Free shuttle buses cruising the mall is available every 90 seconds.

Union Station
Union Station, Denver

Red Rocks Amphitheater
18300 Visitor Center Drive
Morrison, Colorado 80465 (15 miles West of Denver)
(303) 640-2637
Park admission free, concert admission varies.
Open daily sunrise-sunset, but closes early on performance days. The hiking trail closes 30 minutes before sunset.

Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air Amphitheatre that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance.

The area of Red Rocks, originally known as the Garden of Angels, has attracted the attention of musical performers since before the turn of the century. The majestic setting of the Amphitheatre, along with the panoramic view of Denver, makes for a breathtaking scene.

Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks Amphitheater

United States Mint
320 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80204
(303) 572-9500
Admission is free, but a reservation is required

In 1858, when gold was discovered in Colorado, hundreds of merchants, miners and settlers moved in for their stake. A year later, the city of Denver was founded, and in 1863 the U.S. government established a Mint facility there. Tours of the Mint cover both the present state of coin manufacturing as well as the history of the Mint. Learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 322-7009
Adults $10, Juniors (ages 3-18) $6

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.

Denver Art Museum
13th Street & Acoma Street
Denver, Colorado
(720) 865-5000

More than 40,000 works of art are housed in the Art Museum. The collection includes American, European and Asian art, with galleries devoted to modern and contemporary works, and art of the American West. However, levels two through seven of the North Building are closed until October 7, 2006, when an expanded museum complex will open to the public. During this transition period, admission to level one and C-level are free to the public.