Aurora travel guide

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You're Going to Love Aurora

Aurora is Colorado's third-largest city and home to the Rocky Mountain and Great Sand Dunes National Parks. If you love adventure, then Aurora's diverse outdoor recreation activities are waiting for you.

Get a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains nearby as you glide down the slopes of Aurora's various ski resorts.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Aurora

1. Plains Conservation Center

Hike six miles of prairie land and become immersed in raptors, pronghorn antelope, insects, snakes, and prairie dogs at this wildlife conservatory.

2. Aurora Symphony Orchestra

Follow Norman Gamboa as he conducts the Aurora Symphony Orchestra on several concerts, musical, and dance performances throughout the year.

3. Aurora History Museum

Visit the museum's two small galleries exhibiting documents, artifacts, art, and cultures of Aurora and Colorado's past.

4. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch

Greet red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, and coyotes residing at the Star K Ranch, and learn about their habitats.

5. Aurora Reservoir

Scuba dive, kayak, or paddle board the waters of the Aurora Reservoir.

Where to Eat in Aurora

Aurora's cuisine is influenced by a mixture of American, Mexican, and Greek cultures. Savor Sam's No. 3's famous chili rellenos and eggs for $9.99, or indulge in the splendor of a nightclub atmosphere at the Summit Steakhouse. Entrees start at $17.

When to visit Aurora

Aurora in October
Estimated hotel price
C$ 73
1 night at 3-star hotel
Aurora in October
Estimated hotel price
C$ 73
1 night at 3-star hotel

November to March is moderately cold and consistent year-round. However, March usually brings a foot of snow in Aurora making it the coldest peak season for skiing.

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How to Get to Aurora


Take Frontier Airlines, United, or Southwest Airlines to Denver International Airport (DIA) and then drive to Aurora.


Take the Amtrak California Zephyr line to the Denver (DEB) Bus Station and then drive to Aurora.


From Denver, take I-25 and connect to the I-70 E., I-225 S., and the CO-30 and then exit towards your destination.


The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver's Centerpoint and Sable Transfer Center has nine bus routes that take you to Aurora.

Airports near Aurora

Airlines serving Aurora

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Austrian Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Brussels Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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Where to stay in Aurora

The conveniently located Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center is highly recommended. Amenities include free WiFi, refrigerator, and an outdoor pool. The Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast's amenities include a coffeemaker, hair dryers, and a fitness center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Aurora

Arapahoe Park - located in East Quincy Ave in Aurora, the Arapahoe Park is a horse-racing track that hosts thoroughbred, quarter horse, paint horse, and Arabian horse competitions.

Aurora Cultural Arts District - home to the Aurora Arts Festival, the Aurora Cultural Arts District is the cultural, artistic, and educational nexus that brings events, performances, and life to Aurora.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park - the Colorado Rapids soccer team has made Dick's Sporting Good Park their home since 2007. In the summer, the park is turned into a venue for farmers markets, live concerts, and community gatherings.

Where to stay in popular areas of Aurora

Most booked hotels in Aurora

Woolley's Classic Suites Denver Airport
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 268+
Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Airport/Convention Center
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 296+
Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Highlands Ranch
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 224+
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver - Aurora
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 193+
Hilton Garden Inn Denver/Highlands Ranch
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 169+
Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Park Meadows Area
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 185+
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How to Get Around Aurora

Public Transportation

The RTD operates 170 local, regional, and SkyRide bus routes serving thousands of bus stops, and connects to nine rail lines. Local one-way fares run at $2.60, regional $4.50, and $9.00 to the Denver International Airport.


Union Taxi Cooperative and Yellow Cab Denver provide services from Denver to Aurora. Union Taxi Cooperative's tariff starts at $2.25, with $2.20 each additional mile.


Enterprise's Aurora car rental serves four locations in or nearby Aurora. Rates start at $44.10 a day.

The Cost of Living in Aurora

Shopping Streets

The Town Center at Aurora is an enclosed, two-level shopping mall with over 150 stores and restaurants. Southlands is another mall in Aurora that has shops, restaurants, local events, and an AMC movie theater.

Groceries and Other

Arash International Market sells a wide selection of products from all around the world. Europa Grocery carries a plethora of European cheeses, meats, chocolates, and dairy goods. A gallon of milk is $5, a dozen eggs runs $4.50, and a loaf of bread is $1.50.

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