Denver Self-Guided Walking Tour
This is one of the BEST city walks where you can see quite a bit in a short amount of time. Start at the Capitol Building on Colfax and Broadway. Parking can be interesting due to 2-hour time limits on meters, but check here to find the best option for you. At the Capitol building, make sure to stand on the Mile Above Sea Level step. From here, walk through civic center park toward the Courthouse and Voorhies Memorial at 14th and Bannock. Then head down 14th St. and stop to see the iconic Big Blue Bear at the Convention Center and onto the stunning architecture of the Denver Performing Arts Center Complex next door. Then take Curtis or Arapaho over to the pedestrian-only 16th Street Mall where the street is lined with art, painted pianos, shops, and restaurants (and also quite a few interesting characters). Christmastime along 16th is magical at night. Walk all or some of the mall (there is a free
Mall Ride shuttle). Take the 16th St Mall to the very end at Union Station in LoDo and make sure to go inside - it's lovely! Walk up and over to the rail lines for the view in the picture above. A great burger spot here is Hopdoddy. From here, you'll go through Confluence Park and cross over multiple pedestrian bridges (rail, river, and highway) toward the Highlands. Changing views of the city never end as you continue west, the bridges are fun, and LoHi has some of the best food spots in Denver. Two great options are the Avanti Collective with lots of small restaurants, open seating, and a fantastic view of the city and Forest Room 5, which is a super unique summer-camp themed hipster bar with secret rooms, log by the fire seating, indoor swings, and a good happy hour. Or just grab some famous Little Man Ice Cream. Grab a Lyft if you don't want to make the hour walk back. They'll pick you up in minutes. If you have time on the way back, check out the nearby Colorado History Museum or the Denver Art Museum.