Useful information for renting a car in Denver
Denver city centre
Rent a car in Denver
Where to rent a car in Denver
Denver certainly has a lot going for it. With beautiful snow-capped mountains just off in the distance and a buzzing culture of microbreweries, there’s plenty for every traveler to discover in the Colorado capital. They call it the “Mile High City,” because it sits at exactly 5280 feet, 1 mile. Having a car rental here is ideal, so you can whip around the city as you please, and escape to the mountains too. Before you go, compare offers using a car search engine like liligo.com.
You’ll find the best deals on offer, whether you pick it up at the airport when you flight to Denver lands or in the city. Denver International Airport (DIA) has plenty of rental car companies in the arrival’s lounge including Alamo Rent A Car, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Budget. You’ll have the most choice and flexibility here as very few rental companies have offices downtown.
Driving in Denver: what you need to know
Street parking in Denver can be a bit of a headache but there are plenty of parking lots in the downtown area and LoDo to make up for it. Weekend evenings and during a Rockies game are the hardest times to find a parking space. Most on-street meters have a limit of 2 hours and charge as much as 25¢ per 10 minutes in some areas!
Driving in Denver is pretty straightforward. Rush hour is at its worst in the I-70 and I-25 heading downtown and at the entrance to the I-70 outside the airport. Having a GPS for getting around Denver will be a lifesaver! It’s essential that you know whether the address is a street or an avenue. And remember, most numbered streets are one-way.
Road trips from Denver: what to see and do
The beautiful snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains stretch all the way south from Canada into Colorado and beyond. From Denver, the mountains are so close so it would be a shame not to visit if you have a rental car. In winter, there is fantastic skiing here and in summer, it’s the best place to go hiking and hang out with the mountain goats. It’s worth staying after dark to see the stars on display. With the lack of light pollution and clear sky the sights are pretty incredible!
Colorado Springs is just a one-hour drive from Denver and is right at the foot of Pikes Peak. It’s a great spot for hiking and there are some amazing trails in this area. The town was one of the first destination resorts in the country and today visitors come from around the world to climb Pikes Peak and explore the stunning sandstone spires at the Garden of the Gods. In the city, there are a handful of museums, which are perfect for rainy days.
Great Sand Dunes
Head south with your car rental and you’ll soon hit Great Sand Dunes National Park. This place is incredible with 650-foot sand dunes! This is Colorado’s youngest and quietest park but by far one of the most magical. Bring the kids along and challenge them to a race up the dunes and down again, through this sea of sand. It’s easy enough to imagine that you’ve been transported to the Sahara! Arrive at the end of the day to take in the dancing; shifting shadows the sun casts on the dunes. It’s pure magic.