4 Reasons To Make Aurora Your Basecamp For Adventure

Aurora artfully melds an ideal city experience with access to everything a Colorado adventure has to offer including, areas to get outdoors, award-winning chefs and craft breweries, and a wide range of activities all in our backyard. Set up your basecamp for exploration in Aurora.

People walk around Stanley Marketplace in Aurora Colorado

Gateway to the Rockies

Aurora, also known as the Gateway to the Rockies, sits in between Denver International Airport (DEN) and the Rocky Mountains which offers mountain dipped sunsets and a world of adventure. As Colorado’s third-largest city and 54th largest in the country, Aurora has countless activities for every visitor to achieve the live-like-a-local experience. Breathe in the fresh air at Cherry Creek State Park while you take a stroll around trail surrounding the freshwater reservoir. Sip on craft beverages at Haykin Family Cider, where the only two ingredients are yeast and Colorado apples. Or wander through Stanley Marketplace, a reimagined aviation factory filled with dining, places to buy handmade treasures, and an exciting events calendar.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora Colorado at sunset

Plenty of Places to Stay

With more than 50 hotel properties, exploring your options for a night's stay is easy. Aurora represents major brands alongside boutique properties. Opened in 2018, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center is the state’s largest convention center and resort. With 1,501 rooms and 317 more on the way, Gaylord Rockies is a destination in its own right. Make a reservation at one of their eight on-site dining locations, including Old Hickory Steakhouse and the Mountain Pass Sports Bar or pamper yourself with a massage at Relâche Spa & Salon.

Diners enjoy Korean BBQ in Aurora Colorado

Ethnic Eateries from Nearly Every Continent

Aurora’s culture has influenced an abundance of restaurants and dining experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in Colorado. Home to more than 250 ethnic eateries (and counting), Aurora is your location for trying something new. From delicious Italian pasta and Mexican taquerias to traditional hot pot and conveyor-belt sushi, the list of eats happily goes on. Discover a central location of ethnic eateries On Havana Street with must-stops at DAE GEE Korean BBQ and Snowl, a Japanese ice cream (taiyaki) paradise.

Diners enjoy tasty eats at Annette inside Stanley Marketplace in Aurora Colorado

Off the Beaten Path

With room to grow, Aurora is quickly becoming a destination for any traveler seeking the taste of adventure. Within city limits, hike more than 91 miles of trails and roam 8,000 acres of open space. If an outdoor adventure is not quite your speed, consider an award-winning dining experience at Annette or explore the vast options also located Stanley Marketplace. Are you searching for something different? Catch live music while sipping a beverage on the rooftop patio at Southlands or honor our state’s heroes at the Colorado Freedom Memorial, the only commemoration memorial of its type anywhere in the country.

With everything in one place, take your Colorado adventure to the next level in Aurora.