A Lovely Date Suggestion, DIA Date Night
Denver International Airport, out in the middle of no where and plagued with conspiracy theories of anarchy and world dominance, is the perfect place for a romantic date night.
Take the Train to the Plane
First, you’ll want to get there by taking the A Train. Contrary to popular opinion, the A train is easy, quick, and reliable. You can pick it up at Union Station or any of the other 6 stops on the way to the airport. A $9 ticket expires at 2:59 AM and gives you access to the entire RTD system for the day. So if you’re not staying the night at DIA, you can use it as your round-trip ticket too.
First Stop, A Drink at the Westin
Take the escalators straight up all 5 floors to the concourse between the Westin and the terminal. But instead of entering the airport, enter the Westin and head for the lobby bar, Sky Lounge. Grab a delicious drink (menu!) while watching the sun set to the west or the airline passengers scramble in the terminal. Say hello to the many visitors taking a break between flights, or grab an intimate spot near the windows or the fireplace and relax.
Next Up, an Art Tour
Despite rumors of secret tunnels (there are tunnels and they aren’t secret), a mysterious bunker (it was the automatic baggage system that failed) and anarchic doom (the large artwork is actually a story of goodness taking over the world), the DIA terminal moves 54 million people past its wonderful gallery of quirky, bizarre, and mythical artwork. Leave the Westin and walk into the terminal. When you enter, you’ll be at a TSA entry point. Walk around to the right and start your walking art tour.
From Gold Panning to History of Flight
As you walk the perimeter inside of the terminal, you’ll pass La Memoria de Neustra Tierra. Continue along the perimeter, making sure to look up at the Balustrade, eyeing the powerful Children of the World Dream Peace (a multi-panel extravaganza), and walking into the baggage area to find the baggage wizard, Notre Denver. Don’t miss the Jeppesen statue and the bronze artwork in the Great Hall floor. Make sure to walk all the way to the northern end of the terminal, passing the wonderful Spirit of the People collection. Make time to check out the rotating exhibit on the A Concourse bridge on the way to the international TSA check point.
Make your way back to the Westin via the western side of the terminal’s perimeter. You’ll stop in the Art Gallery, see additional panels of the Children of the World Dream, and ultimately finish at the Time Capsule. Walk through the outdoor concourse, enjoying the Field of Air. Proceed all the way to the southern end, looking over the A Train bay. On the east/west sides of the train, enjoy the Shadow Array.
A Neighborly Place to Eat
Once you’re back in the Westin, grab a bite at the Grill & Vine, which is the best place to eat at DIA without having a boarding pass. (If you do have a boarding pass, head straight to Terminal C’s Root Down…and enjoy some more artwork along the way behind the TSA check points!) I love the Grill & Vine because it features Denver’s neighborhoods as map outlines in its table tops and as neighborhood names etched into its windows.
Romantic Roof-top Views
If your dates turns into a weekend get-away, be sure to book a room at the Westin. The secret to a good room there? If you want to overlook the airport roof and its amazing white–peaks representing the Front Range 14ers–find a room with odd numbers. Or, if you want amazing infinity views of the plains with peeks to the range, book an even number room. Either way, you’ll have a luxurious night on a heavenly bed.
Have fun on your date night at DIA. Post some shots of your fun time!