questionswhat do you do during a long layover?

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I've never flown to Denver - is the airport close enough to the city to even make that possible? I don't want to rain on your parade or anything, but if you have 10 hours, and you have to be back an hour before your next flight, that gives you 9 hours. It will probably take at least a half hour from landing before you have your bags and have found a taxi, which leaves you with 8.5. If you assume that it takes an hour (based on experiences in other cities with regards to distance to the airport) to get to where you want, that leaves you with 6.5 hours (as you need to figure the same amount of time to get back). If you figure an hour for each meal (you'll probably want to eat both lunch and dinner) that gives you 4.5 hours to do something.
That's a bit of a challenge. If it's you and your wife, probably doable. If you are traveling with children I'd say stay at the airport and save your money.

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If it's a layover they won't be getting their bags. What time period are you going to be there? We had an overnight layover in the Denver airport (long story) but just stayed there and watched movies and napped. But when we had a 5 hour daytime layover at LAX, we walked out and caught a city bus going to some famous beach (I can't recall which) relatively near the airport. We spent several hours wading in the surf (no swimsuits, it was a spontaneous thing), shopping in the little shops and had a nice lunch in an open air cafe. Took the city bus back in plenty of time for our flight. We recently had a 4 hour layover in LA early in the morning and hopped a Marriott courtesy bus to the hotel, ate a wonderful relaxing buffet breakfast, and took the courtesy bus back to the airport. tbc

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It's been a few years, but when we were last there Denver has a free downtown municipal bus and a very active downtown economy. So you could take a taxi or bus to downtown, use the free downtown bus to get around, see some of the sights, have a nice meal, maybe even catch a movie. You just need to make sure whatever you carry on is going to be convenient to haul around with you. On time passing ideas, there are all the old stand-bys: movies on the laptop or tablet, a deck of cards, travel games like backgammon. When we are stuck for a long time in an airport we go looking for an empty gate where there's no plane coming in for a long time and settle down there where it's quiet and we don't have to compete for an outlet.

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@lparsons42: I was figuring on an hour each way travel time and an hour and a half to get back through security. That should still gives us agood 6ish hours to find something to do. Lunch will probably just be a quick snack we grab on the way out of the airport, dinner we will play by ear. I really don't like the idea of wasting a whole day in an airport.

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I think that's an awesome idea. My last trip I had an overnight layover and booked a hotel with shuttle service to the airport for the night. Best idea ever. I spent one night in Dulles airport and that will hopefully be my last night sleeping in an airport.

But to your question - if stuck in an airport, I usually read a book (or two), surf the web if that's an option, walk around the whole airport to see what it has to offer and have a drink and a meal in the most unique restaurant I can find. I usually am alone on work travel, but if I was with my husband I'd probably bring a game to play.

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There's a breakfast/brunch place in Denver called "snooze" - highly highly recommend it. You could probably do the aquarium or the zoo in a few hours (both were good, not great, but I would do both again if I was in Denver), or walk 14th street.

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So the airport to anywhere in Denver is 30 minutes at the least from most anywhere and easily 45 to an hour. That airport in particular stinks as far as food options go. It is also way out in the middle of nowhere. Add in extra time for a rental car if that is what you are doing because their are no on-site rental cars you have to be bussed out to the rental agency.

That airport is huge and you can find lonely places of peace and quite but when I went through there in March someone had just been recently raped there so dont go wandering alone ....

For some fun entertainment read up on the Secret Government Nazi base under the Denver airport.

What I really enjoyed last time I was there was looking for places to go that had been on The Food Network. D BaR Desserts is owned by Keegan (the old host of Challenge Cakes) and their are several other cool places around

There is also a cool Mexican chain there called Hacienda Colorado that I really like.

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They also have a cool pedestrian mall downtown that has lots of fun stuff and has a bus that runs up and down it.

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I have such horrible luck when traveling that I'm overly paranoid, and leave nothing to chance. I would probably spend the entire time staring at the gate I'd be leaving from to make sure nothing happened. Even with the extra ten hours my presence would probably summon a rampaging bear to the landing strip and halt all progress in the airport.

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I'll pay not to have a layover if possible. Otherwise I'll drink, sleep, or read. Now that you can get internet anywhere, it's not hard to pass the time.

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I got snowed in at Denver many years ago. My mistake cause I did not know at the time was that you can get a great view of the mountains and it is only about 3 miles from the airport. I re-booked my flight for the next morning first flight out. If I had known I could have stayed the day in Denver to sight see.