Flights to Lakewood
Lakewood is the fourth largest city in Colorado which, although designated as a city, is essentially a suburb of the state’s largest city, Denver. Lakewood itself offers a few places of interest to tourists, but may be best considered as a good base from which to visit the city of Denver.
For a flight to Lakewood, you will be arriving at the Denver International Airport (airport code: DEN). It’s a very large and busy airport, so allow yourself a bit of time to get around. You can get both 1 and 2 stop flights to Lakewood when travelling from Johannesburg, depending on the airline. Lufthansa stops in Frankfurt, and British Airways connects in London. Virgin and British Midland both offer a route with 2 transfers, in London and Chicago instead.
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The Tourist Attractions in Lakewood:
Lakewood was first settled in 1889 as a small community to the west of Denver. As Denver grew, the distance between the two became smaller and smaller until Lakewood essentially became a suburb of the larger city. In 1969 though, Lakewood was granted city status itself with a population that was already over 90,000.
Today Lakewood is probably best known for being the home of the Lakewood High School. This school is ranked number one in the state of Colorado, and is one of the nation’s best ranked schools. Lakewood High School is an International Baccalaureate World School.
Lakewood Cultural Center
Lakewood’s theatre and arts venue is the Lakewood Cultural Center and it features an auditorium, gallery and exhibit space, classrooms and a gift shop. On its own this isn’t exactly a tourist attraction, but do check what’s on here during your stay in Lakewood as you might find a good performance or display being held here.
Lakewood Heritage Center
You can visit several historic buildings and the city’s museum at the Lakewood Heritage Center, while there are other historic buildings and landmarks around the city to look out for too, such as the Harley Davidson dealership that’s housed within a former cinema!
Lakewood never really had a downtown area, but when Belmar was developed this became the centre of the city. Belmar is a mixed use area that includes shopping, restaurants, housing and cultural attractions, including ‘The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar’. This is a contemporary art institution which encourages the public to come inside and listen to lectures, see exhibitions, and watch live music performances.
Being only a matter of miles away from Denver, Lakewood makes a good alternative as a place to stay for visiting Denver’s many tourist attractions. A hotel in Lakewood may well be more affordable than one in Denver and you can easily visit the city if you have a rental car.
When Should You Visit?:
With the Rocky Mountains nearby, and the high elevation at which Lakewood sits the climate here can be quite changeable and unpredictable, though generally Lakewood has four seasons. Summers are really quite warm with average high temperatures in the warmest month, July, of 31C. Late spring and early autumn can be nice, but winters are colder and snowy, with March and November on average receiving the most snowfall.