Known as Denver City during the gold rush days of the 1800s, the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado has evolved into a modern metropolis with a skyline that blends old western landmarks with skyscrapers and twenty-first century art. From its valley location on the western Great Plains, downtown Denver, Colorado looks west to the front range of blue Rocky Mountains. The location feels like a true mix of western with international urban all bustling with a population from every part of the world.
Getting Around Downtown Denver
Colorado is known for its big skies and mountainous adventure, but visitors can spend days in downtown Denver experiencing the culture, museums, art, shopping, hotels, and neighborhoods. Central downtown Denver, Colorado is easy to navigate with its free, user-friendly 16th Street Mall shuttle buses that lend a small town feel to the city that sits below the golden globe of the capitol building. The monumental Union Station—historic train station in Lower Downtown (LoDo) has become the main hub for Denver, Colorado travel, with a light rail system that tours the entire metropolitan area up and down the Front Range corridor.
Culture in Downtown Denver Neighborhoods
Art galleries and award winning restaurants and brewery pubs fill the many neighborhoods in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. LoDo is known for its upscale nightlife and laid-back pubs intermingled with historic loft housing near the Coors Field Baseball Stadium. The continuing development of several downtown neighborhoods and a vital music scene has added to the reputation of Denver, Colorado as the best city for singles.
Tourist Attractions in Downtown Denver
Visitors can see the Denver Mint or enjoy theatre at one of many venues in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the second largest performing arts center in the nation. The Denver Art Museum is known for its bold architecture—two castle-like towers surrounded by an additional building expansion of jutting angles built to mimic the jagged Rocky Mountains. Indulge in a stadium concert at the Pepsi Center or in a more intimate concert setting inside the glamorous Art Deco design of the historic Paramount Theatre.
The Colorado Convention Center built in 2005 boasts an expanse of over 580,000 square feet of contiguous space with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains from its open-paned design. Within easy distance there are every type of hotel or bed and breakfast, including the famous Brown Palace Hotel, a national treasure of exquisite, rich Victorian luxury.
Outdoor Recreation in the Heart of the City
Along the South Platte River cutting through the city along the I-25 highway, the amusement park rides of Elitch Gardens Theme Park rise up into the city skyline. Up and down the South Platte River, hikers, cyclists and white river rafters traverse the paths and waters, enjoying the outdoor lifestyle right in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado.
Things to do in downtown Denver are limitless. Whether window shopping in Larimer Square, people watching on the 16th Street mall or meandering through one of the many festival events, Denver, Colorado in downtown is always circulating with something for the senses. From casual play to sophisticated elegance, downtown Denver, Colorado is the place to be.