If you are visiting Colorado either on business or for pleasure, these are 5 Places you should visit in Downtown Denver.
Denver is a modern city, full of vibrant neighborhoods, and offers a little of everything for everyone. A foodie’s paradise, it also offers a strong beer culture. Sitting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains it is also the gateway to several world-class ski resorts and mountain activities.
The history of Denver is rich, from women pioneers to earned and lost fortunes during the mining ages. These days, the city is growing at a record pace, and with the growth, new and exciting places are popping up all over and this change makes Denver an amazing destination to visit.
5 Places You Should Visit in Downtown Denver
[ 1 ] Colorado State Capitol
As State Capitols go, the Colorado State Capitol has one thing going for it that I have not seen anywhere else – a great view of the Rockies.
If you visit the State Capitol, sign up for the dome tour and you will be able to take in a 360 view of the entire city and the mountains. The cupola from inside is also amazingly beautiful.
One thing that you will definitely need to do when visiting the Colorado State Capitol is take a picture with the most famous step in Denver- the One Mile Above Sea Level line. Denver is not called the Mile High City for nothing.
[ 2 ] Denver Civic Center
The Denver Civic Center is a big park situated between the Colorado State Capitol and the Denver City Hall. It offers a Greek Amphiteater and a beautiful fountain (although both were being repaired at the time of this post. The Denver City Center is also surrounded by other buildings of civic life and arts. It is beautifully designed to be the center of Denver’s most important events. Thanksgiving Parade and Holiday lights usually take place here.
And if you want to get a taste for local life, visit the Denver Civic Center during the summer. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, food trucks line the main part of the park and the place gets really busy during lunchtime.
[ 3 ] Union Station
Union Station is absolutely my favorite place in Downtown Denver. It’s absolutely breathtaking outside and inside. It’s a great place to people watch, meet with friends for any meal of the day and happy hours here are extremely popular. Union Station offers several options for libations and food. The Crawford Hotel is located inside the station which makes it super convenient for those traveling on Amtrak or just looking to spend a weekend in Denver. The A Line train is a convenient way to get to and from the airport.
[ 4 ] Dairy Block
A newer complex to Downtown Denver, the Dairy Block has quickly won my heart. A place for foodies, it’s also a place to see and be seen. There is also a hotel in this complex and several retail stores besides restaurants and bars. The alley is also filled with art, so make sure to walk through it during your visit.
[ 5 ] Larimer square
With a history dating back to the Gold Rush, Larimer Square has had many uses. From the home of the first settlers to a hotspot for hidden speakeasies during prohibition. It was almost completely demolished after WWII, but it was saved by the maverick Dana Crawford. It is now home to several highly rated restaurants and retail shops.
If you visit Colorado, I hope you don’t miss these 5 Places You Should Visit in Downtown Denver!
If you have been to Denver I would love to hear about your favorites!
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