Aurora is a city of 276,000 in the Denver Area of Colorado. As of 2010 is the 56th largest city in America. In 2008 it was named the "All American City" Aurora and Denver are the principal cities of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2007 had an estimated population of 2,464,866. It is split between three diffrent counties spanning Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas
It originated in the 1880s, as the town Fletcher, taking its name from Denver businessman Donald Fletcher who named the town after himself. He and his partners staked out four square miles east of Denver, He left two years later during the silver crash, leaving the community with a huge water debt. Inhabitants decided to rename their township Aurora in 1907. It has been growing ever since then and at one time was the fastest growing city in America.
The Climate in Aurora is one where you get to see all four seasons of weather. But to remember that it is very near the Rocky Mountains and weather can change very quickly from starting out sunny to snowing within a few hours.
Spring usually comes around May timeframe with varying weather patterns and chances of snow but usually the snow won't stick because of temperature
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Check Aurora's 7 day forecast at NOAA
Must-haves for winter in Aurora
Between November and March, pack the following:
- Thick jacket
- Long sleeve shirts
- Trousers, jeans, pants
On the colder days you need to maintain your core temperature, but your extremities will be where you feel the cold first. Bring the following:
- Toque (knit hat)
- Ear Muffs
- Woolen Socks
- Gloves, Mittens
With Aurora's considerable sprawl, car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation for visitors. Local companies tend to offer better prices, but national chains might be more convenient as far as return policies and hours.Rental companies include most major car rental chains
Drivers who are used to warmer climates should be advised that the colder weather months (Nov-Feb) often bring snow and ice to area roads. Visitors who park their cars should be prepared in case their car is "snowed in" by snow removal trucks. Also, strict attention to parking rules and snow emergencies is recommended to avoid being towed away at the car owner's expense. During the winter months, a snow brush, ice scraper, and plenty of windshield washer fluid is essential, and many natives opt to carry a shovel, some sand, and a bag of ice melt/road salt in the trunk just in case.
By plane then you are coming from Denver International Airport which isn't too far away. Denver International Airport , (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN). Commonly referred to as DIA. It is located about 20 miles to the east of downtown Denver. Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines all maintain hubs at the airport in Concourses A, B, and C respectively. Most other major domestic carriers also have service here.
You can get around with local transit as in the RTD.
Aurora has over a dozen historical sites to see , ranging from historical Farms, buildings and homes
- Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway, ☎ 303-739-6666. 9AM-4PM. The Aurora History Museum is a community-based cultural center featuring changing history and decorative arts exhibits with educational programs, tours, workshops and family events offered for all ages throughout the year. Free.
- Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue ((See website for directions)), . Its an outdoor education area with 1100 acres, it shows the natural wonder of the Praire free.
- The Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E Smith Rd Aurora, CO 80010, ☎ (303) 739-2428. is a 200 acre ranch and outdoor learning center Free.
- The Aurora Fox ([email protected]), 9900 East Colfax Avenue, ☎ 303-739-1970. Professional Theatre in the heart of the East End Arts District
- Golfing. Aurora has 7 golf courses throughout the city, perhaps the most famous one is the 18 hole Fitzsimons Golf Course on the former Army base, where President Eisenhower regarded as one of his favorites
- Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd, ☎ 303-690-1286. A wide array of activities can be done here like fishing, sailing, non-motorized boating, windsurfing, a seasonal swim beach (Check website to see when open), SCUBA area, archery range, and large group picnic shelters, also has 8 miles of concrete trails around the reervoir
- Cherry Creek State Park, (One mile south of I-225 on Parker Road at Lehigh, adjacent to south Denver. Located at 4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora, CO 80014), ☎ 303-690-1166. 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM Daily. An 880 acre Reservoir that offers a multitude of outdoor activities and unique activities such as horseback riding and a shooting range. You can also do boating, hiking, fishing, camping and biking.
- Quincy Reservoir, 18350 E. Quincy Ave., ☎ 303-693-5463.
- Arapahoe Park Racetrack, 26000 E Quincy Avenue Aurora, CO 80016 (Arapahoe Park is located in southeast Aurora next to the Aurora Reservoir. From Denver, take I-25 south to toll road E-470. Exit E-470 on Quincy Ave (Exit 13) and follow the signs to the racetrack.), ☎ (303) 690-2400. Open from Memorial Day through the beginning of August. Live racing is held Friday - Sunday with a post time of 1 p.m.. Colorados only venue for Horse Racing, Dress code is casual, also serves food there as well that you would find at most places hot dogs, hamburgers etc.
- Aurora Skate Park, 2500 S. Wheel Park Circle Aurora, CO 80013.
- Southlands, 6155 S. Main Street, ☎ 303-627-5000. Southlands is home to some of today's leading retailers and restaurants including Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Coldwater Creek, Francesca's Collections, The Gap, J. Jill, McCabe's Irish Bistro & Pub, Ted's Montana Grill, Tilly's, Wine Experience Café and World Cellar Wine, Beer & Spirits and many more.
- Aurora Mall, 14200 E Alameda Avenue Aurora, CO 80012, ☎ (303) 344-4120. Your typical mall its two stories and has most of the stores that you would see in your typical American mall
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Aurora has alot of your typical fast food joints that you find around the country Wendys, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell etc
- Pho, well here the thing about PHO its Vietnamese noodles and its very good. Throughout Aurora and the surronding area you will places that say PHO followed by a number which they are all same but with diffrent names
- Sam's No 3, 2580 S Havana St Aurora, CO 80014, ☎ (303) 751-0347, . Was featured on Food Networks’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the episode “Porktastic”.Known around the area for its Green Chili. Serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Serves a mix of American and Mexican food with some Greek specialties
- RevneD BBQ Company, 15102-B E Hampden Ave, ☎ (303) 400-0606, . Family owned BBQ
- Rosie's Diner, 14061 E Iliff Ave, ☎ (303) 752-3663, . The definition of a classic american diner
- Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2088 S. Abilene Street (I-225 to Iliff Rd. Go east 1/2 block. Go north on Abilene 1/4 mile. Located on east side of road.), ☎ (303) 338-8600. 4PM-11PM. Carrabba's serves fresh, flavorful Italian dishes prepared from the finest ingredients sourced from around the world.
- Sushi Katsu, 2222 S Havana St # H Aurora, CO 80014, ☎ (303)368-8778, . This is a all you can eat Sushi joint that serves delicious sushi and other Japanese Food its $26.00 per person at dinner time and at lunch its half that.
- China Jade, 12203 E Iliff Ave# D, ☎ (303) 755-8518.
- Seoul BBQ, 2080 S Havana St, ☎ (303) 632-7576, . Korean BBQ
- Bender's Brat Haus Inc, 700 S Buckley Rd # A, ☎ (303) 872-3569. Mon-Wed 10 am - 4 pm Thu-Sat 10 am - 8 pm.
- The Summit Steak and Seafood House, 2700 S Havana St Aurora, CO 80014, ☎ (303) 751-2112, . The Summit is known around Aurora for its Steaks and its atmosphere. Also has a fully stocked bar to the side.
- Club Mixx, 11249 E Colfax Ave., ☎ 303-366-2771.
- Stampede, 2430 S Havana St., ☎ (303) 696-7686, . A local country club where you can do line dancing. It;s pretty large with a few bars inside. Also has a mesquite grill restaraunt you can eat. Its ladies nights are known for drawing a huge crowd
- Patrick's Restaurant and Night Club, 1770 S Buckley Rd ste 4, ☎ (303) 745-4120.
- Sheabeen Irish Pub, 2300 S Chambers Rd Ste A Aurora, CO 80014, ☎ (303) 696-6131, . Has a few pool tables and electronic video games like Deer Hunter, also does karoke on Sundays that is themed
- Rack'em Billiards And Sports Bar, 1919 S Havana St Aurora, CO 80014, ☎ (303) 755-7675. Has over a dozen pool tables, also has dart boards and foosball. Also does beer pong tournaments on Thursdays
- Best Western Gateway Inn & Suites, 800 S Abilene Street, +1 720 748-4800, Fax: +1 720 748-9145, .
- Cambria Suites Denver Airport, 16001 E. 40th Circle, +1 303 576-9600, Fax: +1 303 889-9702, . The Denver Airport hotel in Aurora, CO is 10 miles from Denver International Airport (DIA).
- Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park, 16455 E. 40th Circle, +1 303 371-4333, Toll-free: +1 888 238-2454, Fax: +1 303 371-1134, .
- Doubletree Hotel, 13696 East Iliff Pl, ☎ 303-337-2800, . checkin: 3:00; checkout: 12:00.
- Fairfield Inn, 13851 East Harvard Avenue, +1 303 745-6700, Fax: +1 303 745-6777, .
- Motel 6, 14031 E Iliff Avenue, +1 303 873-0286, Fax: +1 303 695-4526, .
- Red Liont, 3200 South Parker Road, ☎ 303-695-1700 - [email protected], . Wireless Internet access, telephones with voice mail, cable TV with premium movies, iron/ironing boards.
Aurora is part of the 303 and the 720 area codes
Like the rest of the United States, the emergency number in Aurora is 911. This will connect you to the local emergency services (police, medical, and fire). If you need to report a crime to the police, such as a burglary (not in progress), minor assault (no injuries and not in progress), car theft, etc. Dial 720-913-2000 and request for police assistance.
The Aurora Police is the main police force
- Fourth of July Spectacular
- Asian Annual Film Festival
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As it is in any city use common sense. Simply using caution and avoiding any situation in which you are uncomfortable will basically keep you out of trouble.
Contrary to what many people around Colorado would tell you, Aurora is not a bad, crime-ridden area (with the exceptions of Colfax, northwards. Even in these areas, it is still safe to walk these streets as long as you are accompanied by another individual. DO NOT attempt to roam northern Aurora past midnight. The chances of becoming a rape, robbery or assault victim skyrockets between then and sunrise. While the annual amount of murders in Aurora (roughly between 15-30)is enough to scare people from venturing in the city, it is largely ignored that Aurora is a large city of roughly 300,000, and that these murders are almost never random.