Downtown Denver, CO
Downtown Denver is an eclectic mix of hip urbanity and classic history. Towering high rises with sleek, modern condos and sprawling Victorian estates with manicured lawns mesh together seamlessly.
Capitol Hill’s historic district is home to brick mansions and the gold-topped Colorado State Capitol, the lush Botanic Gardens, and the home of infamous Unsinkable Molly Brown.
On South Broadway, almost 100 antique stores are clustered onto Broadway Street, giving it its nickname of “Antique Row”. Taverns, bookstores, live music venues, and art galleries mix in with the antique stores, making this one of the more hip neighborhoods in downtown Denver.
Things to Do
Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours are a unique introduction to living in Denver, offering in depth and little known facts about Denver’s history, including ghost and crime stories.
The bus is a funky, tricked out old school bus and riders can sit in a saddle, relax on a couch, or kick back in a recliner as the bus rolls through Denver’s popular areas.
The U.S. Mint provides free guided tours to the public, educating the public on the history of our monetary system. Penny production began at the Denver facility in 1911 and today, the Denver Mint has the ability to produce more than 40 million coins per day.
The tour touches on these statistics as well as information about the history of the Denver mint location and it architecture. Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and begin every 90 minutes.
Parks and Recreation
Denver is known for its robust outdoor athletes, particularly its biking culture. Denver has more than 850 miles of paved biking trails and connect to off-the-grid dirt trails, offering hundreds of miles of additional biking fun.
The Greenway Trail runs along the South Platte River for almost 30 miles and breezes past the Riverside Cemetery (one of Denver’s oldest), the Hudson Gardens, and Chatfield State Recreation area.
Over 200 parks make up Denver’s parks and recreation system along with over 100 miles of trails and eleven dog parks. Cheesman Park is located just minutes from downtown and is bordered on one side by the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Washington Park is made up of historic buildings, flower gardens, sprawling lawns, and lakes. Besides the typical running and biking, the park is often the center of local social activities and a beacon for community involvement.
There is literally no end to the amount of things to do downtown. During the holiday season is the Grand Illumination, ice skating at Skyline Park, and the Parade of Lights weekend.
Summer brings blossoming trees, outdoor cafes, and a migration into the mountains. Residents agree that living downtown offers them everything they need in a neighborhood: community, dining, shopping, and easy access to the suburbs of Denver.