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What do we love about Denver? Well, lots of things. But one of them is its perfect mix of urban living and mountain proximity. The mountains often get the glory, but the city is full of history and culture you won't want to miss.
Denver is growing and changing, so get out and explore a new neighborhood with our list of walks to take in the Mile-High City!
One of Denver’s most popular, the paths of City Park make for a pretty sweet walk. Be sure to loop around to get the iconic view of the Denver skyline in front of the Rocky Mountains. Following the outermost paths, you’ll tally about 2.2 miles. Walking around the entire exterior of the park, from 17th to Colorado to 23rd and back down York, you’ll log about three.
Denver’s historic Wash Park (or Washington Park, for those unfamiliar) is a people-watching, dog-walking, and stroller-pushing paradise. The outside loop totals 2.5 miles, and signs throughout post fun facts about the park’s origins and history. Did you know that Smith Lake (the bigger one) lies in a natural depression that was believed to be a buffalo wallow back in the 1800s? Well, now you do.
Two of Denver’s hot spots are connected by a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Platte River. You’ll pass tons of shops, restaurants, and breweries in case you need a break from this mile-long stroll. And if you ask us, Union Station in LoDo is a great start or end to this walk.
Okay, we get that it sounds eerie, but Riverside is Denver’s oldest cemetery and is loaded with history. A non-profit group even put together a walking tour that provides you with a route and fun facts (like notable folks buried there) along the way. The cemetery is two miles north of downtown on Brighton Boulevard and is open daily from 8 to 5pm (so no creepy, night-time walks, please).
RiNo (that’s short for River North, friends) is home to Denver’s most creative businesses and artists (also, a ton of breweries, and even a winery that serves from the tap). This ‘hood has even adopted the slogan “Where Art is Made” and is often called Denver’s most up-and-coming neighborhood. It’s great anytime, but one of the best times is for its First Friday art walks that happen from 6 to 9pm on the first Friday of every month. Galleries, shops, and restaurants extend their hours and open their doors to display always-changing local artwork.
The Golden Triangle traces Colfax Avenue, Lincoln Street, and Speer Boulevard. It is home to Denver’s city and county government buildings, the Colorado State Capitol and Judicial center, the Denver Mint, lots of museums and galleries, Civic Center Park, the Denver Central Library, and lots of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. It isn’t an enormous area, but you could really make a day of it.
Although it extends much further, the South Platte River Trail runs right through downtown Denver. It cuts through Confluence Park, past Denver’s flagship REI store, the Pepsi Center, Empower Field at Mile High, and Elitch Gardens. You can stop off and explore downtown, or keep going and connect to the Cherry Creek Trail.
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