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Exploring Denver

One of the fastest growing cities in the country, this dusty-old-cowtown (as it fondly known by locals) stands a mile above sea level and is beginning to climb out of its mining past to become a thriving urban center. The shift hasn’t been easy, but positive growth is evident, especially downtown where the great old, iron architecture still looms among the many bustling bars, restaurants, and galleries that have begun to give the city a more exciting life.

Getting There

Car  
Denver is about 350 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico and 100 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming along I-25. I-70 runs east/west through Denver.

Coach  
Greyhound services Denver from around the nation and is located at 1055 19th St. (303) 293-6555

From the Airport  
Denver International Airport (DIA) is located in the northeastern plains outside of Denver.  RTD offers a SkyRide service from DIA 7 days a week for $8+.

Getting Around

Regional Transportation District is the local public transportation provider. (303) 299-6000

Things to See & Do

The visitor center is located at 1600 California St., unit 6. and is open weekdays during the winter and daily during the summer. (303) 228-8000

LoDo
The largest emphasis of redevelopment in Denver has been on LoDo, short for Lower Downtown. The main streets of this neighborhood are Wazee, Wynkoop, and Blake between Speer Blvd. and Coors Field (the new baseball stadium located at 2001 Blake St). In the not too distant past, it was a slummier, industrial side of Denver, but it now bustles with avant-garde art galleries, large breweries, and thriving nightclubs. Much of the rebirth has been aided by Coors Field which has few rivals in architectural beauty in the nation.

Larimer Square
This lively street is actually the oldest street in the city and is home to many of historic buildings housing designer, specialty shops. More of a shopping area than a night-spot, some bars and restaurants dot the area, including the delicious PF Chang’s at 1415 15th St.

16th St. Mall
This is the corridor that has plagued Denver since its inception. At times flooded with lively crowds and intriguing shops, at others it is merely a dreary, empty street dominated by pharmacies and boarded buildings. To really understand Denver, it’s a worth a walk down as you’ll witness the classic growing pains of America’s modern cities. The shuttle is free and at the end of the mall you will be within feet of the capitol and the art museum.


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