Originally Posted by bunt_q
Yeah, but TakeFive sort of excluded the out-of-city attractions from consideration in his post. I don't think anybody is questioning Colorado's draw for tourists. This was more Denver-specific, and let's be honest, to say that Denver (city-only) is in the same tier as some of those other cities for tourism is... a bit of a stretch. If you come to Denver for a week, and don't leave the city, you really haven't done your vacation justice. I would have no problem going to San Fran, NYC, etc. for a week and never leaving the city.
Exactly. As a state, and as Bunt appears to have also written while I'm typing this response, Colorado
has a lot going for it: Great skiing and resorts. Great historical sites such as Mesa Verde. Great off the beaten path attractions such as the Great Sand Dunes NP.
But what about Denver
? The way most people see Denver is via the lens of Colorado. They see Denver as in
the mountains, not adjacent
to the mountains, and much of that is from the area selling itself as this mecca for outdoor activities, not as a standalone city. There's nothing wrong with such an approach, but it means Denver
is undersold to many out of state tourists because those tourist want to come to Colorado
The out of staters often see Denver as a bigger Vail and not as a city that functions, for all intents and purposes, "independently" of the mountains. Granted, much of our commerce is connected to the mountains, e.g. mining and oil, but how often do we all take a drive up I-70? Weekly? Few times a year? How often do you want to see an event downtown or around Denver? I'm betting much more frequently.
Originally Posted by The Dirt
That's not bad but if we're going to have a good discussion about what Denver is doing right or wrong in terms of tourist recognizeability, we need to compare ourself to peer cities, such as like St. Luis, Portland, and Seattle.
Two questions: 1. What is an example of a Tier 2 city attraction? Is it something like the St. Louis Arch? A great museum like the Met (yes, I know it's NYC, but just feeling out the parameters) that is overshadowed by even bigger attractions? Pike Place Market?
2. How do you see us stacking up against some of those cities? I think, in terms of livability, Denver's pretty solid: Great weather, affordable, good infill in more established areas. In terms of attractions, well, we're kinda cursed by living in Colorado, as, like I'm arguing above, the state overshadows the city.