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December 2, 2009 5:55 AM   Subscribe

Bad connection might leave me stuck in DIA (DEN) for six hours. Help me find alien autopsies and other weirdness.

Unless I can change it on the spot, I probably have a bad connection that looks like it will leave me idling in Denver International Airport for six plus hours next week. I've never done anything more than run between gates there before, so I really haven't spent any quality time there.

I know it's too far from the city to be useful for such a short squat, so I'm looking for ways to kill time within the terminals or very close by.

I understand from urban legend that this particular airport is chock-full of crazy-strange alien-masonic new world order conspiracy zombie camp weirdness in its architecture and art. That sounds fun. I have cameras, a sketchbook, and no fear. Where do I begin?

Any more pedestrian attractions (like exemplary food or shops) would also be welcome. One can only take so much Pizza Uno and Hudson's News, you know?

Any tips or pointers?
posted by rokusan to Travel & Transportation (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Check this out.
posted by carmicha at 6:04 AM on December 2, 2009

Stay ever Vigilant!
posted by MustardTent at 7:06 AM on December 2, 2009

There's a surprisingly serviceable burrito place in the United terminal, called Que Bueno. Avoid the food court and look for this.
posted by galaksit at 7:10 AM on December 2, 2009

Ride the underground train to Concourse C (if you're not already there when you land.) You get to see weird things like little propellers embedded into the walls surrounding the train, and then you arrive to see this above you.
posted by Electric Elf at 7:30 AM on December 2, 2009

Denver also has free wireless. . .which not all airports have anymore.
posted by Danf at 7:56 AM on December 2, 2009

Nthing galaksit's Que Bueno suggestion. After having one of their burritos on a trip through Denver a while back, my brother and I embarked on an ultimately futile quest to find something comparable in our area.
posted by jingzuo at 8:02 AM on December 2, 2009

The Masonic capstone is in the main terminal ("Great Hall") on the upper level, south end. There is a time capsule embedded in the capstone.
posted by mattbucher at 8:23 AM on December 2, 2009

Maybe not for everyone, but I've found if I'm looking for some alone time [hard to get in the airports] the interfaith chapels are always totally empty and often have outlets. In Denver the chapel is on level 6, Terminal East atrium, near the south end. Note: this is not be saying "go pray" just a rarely-used option for anyone wanting to get some peace and quiet.
posted by jessamyn at 8:36 AM on December 2, 2009

The Denver Chop House has a restaurant there too, which is pretty good for killing time. They have beer. Can't help you much with the aliens.
posted by craven_morhead at 10:00 AM on December 2, 2009

I like the bistro "Pour La France." No alien autopsies, but a surprising pleasant airport restaurant. I've killed an hour or two there reading and drinking coffee. Good food, too. I think it's in Terminal B.
posted by zippy at 10:09 AM on December 2, 2009

Man, those links make me want to make a trip to Denver just to see the craziness.
Figures that Tampa International (TIA) doesn't have any of that.
This is Florida! I thought we were supposed to be weird!
Or maybe it's crazy and not weird.

Still - great way to spend six hours.
If we never hear from you again, we'll know that you've summoned Great C'thulhu and have gone to the other side.
posted by willmize at 12:50 PM on December 2, 2009

There is quite a bit of big, weird public art in the lobbies of where the trains drop off passengers. That might be worth a stroll.
posted by mmascolino at 2:33 PM on December 2, 2009

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