ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo
Welcome to Aurora, Colorado — a vibrant and diverse city that offers a perfect blend of urban excitement and natural splendor. Located just a short drive away from Denver, Aurora has established itself as a thriving community with a wide array of attractions, activities and cultural experiences. Whether you're staying only for the #ALAConf weekend, or longer, Aurora has something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to cultural exploration and culinary delights and much more!
Discover the unique attractions that make Aurora an exciting destination. The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is a must-visit for aviation enthusiasts, showcasing an impressive collection of aircraft and space artifacts. If you're looking for family-friendly fun, head to the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, where interactive exhibits and hands-on activities await. Additionally, the nearby Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens provide captivating experiences for nature enthusiasts.
ARTS & CULTURE
Immerse yourself in Aurora's rich arts and cultural scene. The Aurora History Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the city's heritage, featuring engaging exhibits and educational programs. Art aficionados will appreciate the exhibitions at the Aurora Cultural Arts District, where local artists showcase their talents through various mediums. For a dose of performing arts, catch a show at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, known for its diverse theatrical performances and community events.
FOOD & DRINK
Indulge in the culinary offerings of Aurora, where a diverse food scene awaits. From cozy cafes to upscale dining establishments, Aurora boasts a wide range of international cuisines to satisfy every palate. Explore Stanley Marketplace, a bustling hub of eateries and shops housed in a former aviation manufacturing facility, offering a feast for the senses. Don't miss the opportunity to savor local craft brews at Aurora's breweries, where you can sample a variety of handcrafted beers and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
Nature enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors in Aurora. Plan a hike at the nearby Cherry Creek State Park, featuring scenic trails, wildlife viewing and water-based activities such as boating and paddleboarding. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the award-winning golf courses in Aurora, including Murphy Creek Golf Course and Saddle Rock Golf Course, where stunning landscapes provide the backdrop for a memorable day on the greens.
Satisfy your shopping desires at Aurora's diverse retail destinations. The Southlands lifestyle center offers a mix of national retailers, local boutiques and dining options, creating a vibrant shopping and entertainment district. For unique finds and artisanal goods, explore the boutiques and specialty shops in Aurora's charming neighborhoods, where you'll discover one-of-a-kind items and locally made treasures.
SPAS & WELLNESS
Explore a variety of excellent spa and wellness locations in the city. Aurora has it all ― traditional Korean day-spas, pampering nail salons, an all-day spa experience and everything in between. Stop by one of our wellness centers, local businesses or yoga studios to focus on your well-being while traveling.
Let's Get Prepared
Before you dive into your conference itinerary, let's talk about altitude. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado boasts some of the highest elevations in the United States, including Denver’s famous mile-high status. As such, the oxygen level in Aurora is about 15% lower than it is at sea level.
With that in mind, it’s important to give your body time to adjust to the lower oxygen levels. This is known as acclimatization.
Here are some tips to help you acclimate smoothly:
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Increase your water intake before and during your trip. Hydration is key to helping mitigate altitude sickness symptoms.
- Take it Easy: Don't overexert yourself in the first 24 to 48 hours. Give your body a chance to adapt to the elevation.
- Eat Light: Enjoy meals that are high in carbohydrates and low in salt to maintain your energy levels.
- Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: Both can dehydrate you and exacerbate altitude sickness.
- Monitor Your Health: Pay attention to your body. If you feel unusually short of breath, dizzy or have other concerns, seek medical advice.
Remember: Give yourself the time to adapt and soon you’ll be breathing easy and ready to take on all the experiences this high-elevation haven has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you to an elevated conference experience in every sense of the word.