Urban Exploration

An opportunity for business leaders to connect, build relationships and learn more about key urban issues.

The Downtown Denver Partnership believes that we can learn a great deal from the successes of other downtowns throughout the world. For this reason, we created the Urban Exploration Program in 2008, bringing city leaders and business leaders in Downtown Denver together to learn about the best practices of other cities.

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan – the 20-year vision for Downtown Denver’s development – provides the foundation upon which the trip is organized. In addition, the trip provides a wonderful opportunity for these community leaders to network and immerse themselves in an educational setting where they can learn about infrastructure, economic development, transit and transportation and public private partnerships in other cities.

2019 Urban Exploration Trip Details

Copenhagen, Denmark | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Downtown Denver Partnership led approximately 120 Downtown Denver business leaders, elected officials, and key City staff members on its 12th annual Urban Exploration Trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. For our first trip abroad, the 2019 Urban Exploration program looked at Copenhagen through the three learning lenses of:

  • Livability
  • Equity
  • Economic Innovation

The group studied Copenhagen’s inspirational story of how it got to where it is today; how it went from an auto-oriented city to one that prioritizes people first and acknowledges that growth and quality of life go hand in hand. The trip provided a wonderful opportunity for community leaders to network and immerse themselves in an educational setting where they learned about city building principles.

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2019 Urban Exploration Participants

Lessons from one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities

Piep and Jack, on the Bicycle Colorado our policy team and attendees of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Denver Urban Exploration trip, spent June 11-14 in one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities—Copenhagen. Read their reflections of how Copenhagen made conscious, thoughtful decisions to create one of the world’s most livable cities.

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2019 Urban Exploration Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Host Sponsors


Comcast/Westworks Studios | PeopleForBikes

Hospitality Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Previously Explored Cities:

2019 – Copenhagen
2018 – Los Angeles
2017 – Portland
2016 – Downtown Brooklyn
2015 – San Francisco
2014 – Seattle
2013 – Toronto
2012 – Chicago
2011 – Philadelphia
2010 – Vancouver
2009 – Washington, D.C.
2008 – Portland

Urban Exploration Reflections