This past weekend, we headed Downtown to walk around the city! It was a rather cool day, but we managed to stay warm with all the walking we did. Although I’ve never lived directly in Denver, I’ve loved heading in to town every once in a while and play tourist in my home state.
There are a few of my favorite stops around Denver we were able to stop by this weekend, and I love it because each are within walking distance of one another. I realize the list is endless when it comes to things to do around Denver, so I’ve narrowed down this list to sights within walking distance from Capitol Hill to LoDo and the Denver Highlands.
1 // 16th Street Mall
There are so many sights to see on the 16th street mall. Stretching for blocks, there are a variety of restaurants and shops lining the mall. A free Mall Ride can carry you from one end to the other, but I would recommend walking and taking in the sights. Stop at the Denver Pavilions, where you’ll find top brands to shop at. (Including the new UNIQLO store!) Other highlights are the Famous Tattered Cover Book store as well as the Hard Rock Cafe.
2 // Capitol + Capitol Hill
The Denver Capitol Building is beautiful, both inside and out. If you go during a weekday, be sure to go for a tour of the building. Built in 1894, the capitol building is ornate and pristine. It’s beauty and architecture are relics of a time past, but are well-preserved today. While you’re in the Capitol Hill area, make sure you stop by VooDoo Donuts and the Denver Biscuit Company.
3 // Convention Center + Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Whether you stop by for a show at the Temple Buell Theatre or a gathering at the Convention Center, or even just to say hi to the cute (and very tall) iconic blue bear, this area is quite a happening place to see. The Temple Buell plays host to many Broadway shows each season and the matinees are a great time to soak in a show if you’re looking for a cheaper priced ticket.
4 // Coors Field
Take in a Colorado Rockies Baseball Game at Coors Field! Located not far from the 16th Street Mall, the games are family friendly and offer a picture perfect view of the Front Range. (Especially beautiful at sunset!)
5 // Museums
6 // Union Station
This newly renovated transportation hub for Denver is now a happening and upscale place. Full of cute restaurants and shops, I would recommend taking the light rail or walking to Union Station to grab a bite to eat! The upstairs of the station is even a hotel. Over the past ten years, Union Station has been renovated to be elevated to a happening hub in LoDo.
7 // The Denver Highlands
Located via bridge to Union Station, the Denver Highlands neighborhood offers upbeat atmospheres and a wide variety of restaurants and shops. My favorite being Little Man Ice Cream which I have loved going to over the years.
8 // REI
In classic Caitlin style, I had to put REI in it’s own category because the Denver Location is it’s Flagship and a pretty amazing place to be inspired to get outside! The building REI is in is an old power plant / stop on the railroad and the unique architecture adds a great deal to the store itself. Going to REI Downtown has always been a pretty special trip for me as a kid, and it still is. It’s architecture and location near the river make for a pretty picturesque scene.
Denver provides an endless amount to do each day, and I know there are certainly many things that are on my list of things to do! For now, this covers a pretty good amount within a walking distance from Capitol Hill to LoDo and The Highlands. Stay tuned for more expansive guides to Denver!