December 6, 2018

Denver Neighborhoods

LoDo/Larimer/Riverfront – Denver’s hip, historic district, with a huge independent bookstore, brewpubs, Western wear, Coors Field and dozens of dining and nightlife options.

  • Larimer Square – Denver’s most historic block is also the heart of its urban shopping and dining district. Victorian buildings house upscale specialty boutiques and unique, chef-driven restaurants.
  • Nightlife – LoDo is filled with nightlife. From Gastro-brothel – Ophelia’s – to jazz clubs, night clubs, speakeasies and more, LoDo is the best spot to experience Denver’s nightlife.
  • Union Station – Renovated and reopened for its 100th anniversary in 2014, Union Station is now a large part of Denver’s energy. With numerous local restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as plenty of public space, there’s plenty to do and see.
  • Coors Field – Home to the Colorado Rockies, Coors Field is a Denver landmark for iconic American sport, baseball.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences. The museum is housed in a new, environmentally sustainable facility designed by David Adjaye.

Golden Triangle Museum District – Explore the spectacular Denver Art Museum and a neighborhood brimming with galleries, restaurants, music venues, theatres and remarkable architecture.

  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art – On March 10, 2018 Kirkland Museum opened its doors to a new building, featuring Vance Kirkland’s 1910–1911 studio & art school building, moved to Bannock Street. The new facility in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District features the addition of new and expanded visitor amenities and provide a world-class display space to exhibit the collection in the salon style for which Kirkland Museum is known.
  • History Colorado Center – The History Colorado Center’s hands-on and high-tech exhibits take you back in time. Be sure to walk through the Denver A to Z exhibit for some background on the places you’re visiting.
  • Denver Art Museum – The Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building designed by Daniel Libeskind will change the way you experience art and architecture. Explore the Museum’s galleries, renowned traveling exhibits, children’s exhibits and more.
    Clyfford Still Museum – Clyfford Still is considered an originator of the Abstract Expressionism movement. With more than 3,000 artworks, the award-winning Clyfford Still Museum is the home to his life’s work.
  • Colorado State Capitol – Find the three Mile High Markers (where the elevation is exactly one mile (1.6 km) above sea level, and where Denver gets its nickname, “The Mile High City”), including one on the 13th step of the building. Be sure to get a look at the dome made of real gold, one of only a few in the country.
  • Molly Brown House Museum – Visit the home of Titanic heroine, the unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown, a woman of extraordinary courage. All tours are guided and last 45 minutes.

Cherry Creek/City Park/Uptown – Denver’s premier shopping and dining neighborhood, approximately 15-minutes’ drive from Downtown.

  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center – High-end stores.
  • Cherry Creek North – Several blocks of local stores and designer brand storefronts.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens – Just north of Cherry Creek, the Denver Botanic Gardens entertains and delights with beautiful displays of flora and fauna from all over the world.
  • Cherry Creek Bike Path – This paved trail begins where Denver was first founded and runs along the creek all the way through the city. It is one of the most popular trails in Denver, and one of the prettiest.
  • Denver Zoo – Denver Zoospans over 75 acres and is home to more than 4,000 animals including rare Amur leopards, okapi, elephants, orangutans, Komodo dragons and more.
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science – For more than 100 years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been at the heart of cultural experience in Denver. Explore the cosmos in its planetarium, uncover dazzling gems and minerals, watch a showing at the IMAX theater and see Dead Sea Scrolls while it’s here.
  • City Park – Adjacent to Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science, City Park features several large green spaces and one of the most spectacular city skyline views.

RiNo (River North) – RiNo is “where art is made” – a hotspot for creative types, with several uniquely renovated spaces that provide room for culinary and industrial creativity.

  • Denver Central Market – The newest addition to Denver’s marketplace/food hall trend is Denver Central Market, a gourmet food hall and grocery showcasing 11 of Denver’s top chefs and food purveyors.
  • Denver Beer Trail – Denver is home to one of the largest concentrations of craft breweries in the country, and RiNo is the best place to have a sample or two.
  • Street Art – Throughout the District you’ll find murals, created by local, national and international artists and sanctioned by the neighborhood and city.
  • Galleries – Stop in at local favorite Plinth Gallery for contemporary ceramic art; explore the Pattern Shop Studio, a unique live-work space with exhibitions on the first floor; visit RedLine a non-profit contemporary art center with resident artists; experience Ironton, a former metal fabricating facility and now home to the Colorado Photographic Arts Center; and don’t miss local artist Tracy Weil at Weilworks.
  • Boutique Stores – There are numerous boutique stores from Colorado artisans and high-end retailers throughout RiNo.

South Broadway – South Broadway is lined with an eclectic mixture of neighborhood taverns, avant-garde clothing stores, art galleries, antique stores, used bookstores, ethnic restaurants, music clubs and more.

If there’s more time…For a full guide to the rest of Denver’s unique neighborhoods, please visit