Bike fever has arrived in the Mile High City. The new Denver B-Cycle can be a convenient, even healthy, alternative to renting a car or hopping in a cab to cruise downtown. What's more, you save on parking charges. So-called B-stations are now set up in eight Denver neighborhoods; here, you can use a credit card to buy a 24-hour access pass (longer-term passes for seven or 30 days must be bought online), hop on a two-wheeler and cruise around town. You can return your bike at any other B-Station. There are a variety of cost tiers, but a one-day pass will cost you $8, with no additional cost for your first 30 minutes of usage, $1 for 30 to 60 minutes and $4 for each additional 30-minute stretch thereafter. Seniors and military personal get discounts.
Skip the Mountain, Kayak Downtown
With natural mountain terrain surrounding Denver, whitewater adventures abound, even within an hour's drive from the city. But kayakers of all skill levels don't have to leave downtown to get their river thrills, thanks to the whitewater chutes at Confluence Park. This diverse urban park is where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River converge, located in Denver's LoDo (or Lower Downtown) neighborhood. Check out companies like Confluence Kayaks for rentals and instruction (and don't forget to wear a helmet and life jacket). You'll find several miles of bike trails at Confluence Park, as well.
Skip the Airport Lines, Consider CLEAR
It turns out that Denver is home to two of the handful of enrollment centers across the country for the popular CLEAR Card. This company uses biometric ID verification -- fingerprinting and eye-imaging -- to get members through airport security via specially designated lanes in less than five minutes. You register online, but you have to verify in person at one of CLEAR's enrollment centers before you can enjoy the service's benefits. There are less than a dozen enrollment centers across the country, and two are in Denver: at Cherry Creek Mall and at Denver International Airport. And CLEAR works at nine U.S. airports, with more coming online. It costs $179 a year to join, but frequent fliers might find it a worthwhile investment; what's more, your kids younger than 18 tag along for free. Something to consider knocking off your travel to-do list next time you're in Denver.
Skip the Museum, Stroll Santa Fe
OK, we're not suggesting you pass up visiting any of the many great museums in Denver; we love the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. But any art lover owes themselves a visit to Santa Fe Drive, a cultural hub that's home to a bevy of artists and galleries: dozens of locales featuring a wide range of artwork and photography. Consider a visit during their First Friday Art Walk, when wine tasting, live music and food trucks enhance this eclectic arts experience; a guided coach runs a continuous loop up and down Santa Fe.
Gabe Saglie is senior editor for Travelzoo, which features a bevy of local deals in Denver at http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Denver/deals?tz_cs=HPV0