What’s the best way to enjoy a new city? I believe it’s when you immerse yourself in it and get to know its people. This doesn’t happen easily from inside your car.
Why not try making your way on foot?
Is this a viable option? I know you’re worried about safety, amenities and time constraints.
In Denver, Colorado none of these will be an issue. The city is actually designed for walking. You only have to look at statistics. Did you know there are 850 miles of paved and off-road trails in Denver?
These give you access to everything from natural wonders to tourist attractions. So don’t bother renting a car and best of all is you save on fuel costs. Spend your money on creating memories!
So here’s how you can experience the best of Denver by simply putting on some comfortable shoes.
Use the Infrastructure
A journey by foot sounds exciting but I know you don’t want to be exhausted at the end of each day. In Denver, you won’t be.
The city offers a variety of transportation options. Use these to cover long distances and save your energy for exploring.
From the outset Denver has you covered. During renovations in recent years, the city added a shuttle service between Denver Airport and Denver’s Union Station.
You can effortlessly travel to the hub of the city directly after your flight. The station has a hotel too so your accommodation is taken care of too. With that sorted, you can start exploring.
Many parts of Denver have shuttle services. You’ll find them at attractions such as Dinosaur Ridge or use the one downtown to easily travel between noteworthy venues.
One of the places you can’t miss is 16th Street Mall. This is 12 whole blocks of retail outlets and restaurants. And free shuttles will take you wherever you want to go.
Shuttle services help you mingle with locals and tourists so you experience more of the city.
Get even more up close and personal by hiring Denver’s B-cycles. These bicycles can be hired and used for 30 minutes at a time.
Scared you’ll be left stranded without a bike? Don’t worry. The Denver community thought of everything!
The B-cycle system uses an app to keep you updated:
- See where bicycle outlets are
- See how many bicycles are available
- You purchase a pass and then have unlimited access to the bikes
That’s a much wiser option than sitting in Denver’s traffic in your car, right?
You don’t even have to keep to the streets. Bike paths criss-cross Denver. Find the ones that will take you where you want to go in the shortest amount of time. This means you don’t have to expose yourself to the danger of riding your bike between other vehicles.
Of course, some attractions are situated outside Denver and a bike ride may be tiring. If you want to add these destinations to your itinerary simply use taxis or Uber services.
The local drivers can tell you about the area while you relax. You don’t have to navigate or stress about driving on unfamiliar roads.
Focus on Downtown
If you decide to only travel by foot downtown Denver must be your destination.
First of all, you don’t have to be concerned about safety. It’s rated as the fourth safest downtown area in America.
So what is so amazing about it?
You can Learn About History
You can keep you and your family busy for days without getting bored.
If you love history you can pick one of many historical sites:
- The Molly Brown Museum is the house of one the Titanic survivors. The house still showcases antique furniture.
- The Byers-Evans Museum also shows Denver life of decades past. The house was owned by prominent Denver families and was restored to both 1912 & 1924 trends.
- The Art Museum shows historical and modern art for the more creative tourists.
- During the LoDo Walk—which is a guided tour—you can view stunning old architecture and learn more about Denver of old. Here’s a warning: You’ll learn the good and the bad about the city’s history. But it’s all interesting!
You can Relax in the Parks
Of course, holidays should be about resting too. And Denver gives you outdoor areas to feel refreshed again.
Denver has over 200 parks situated in the city itself. While there are many mountain parks you can visit you can still enjoy tranquillity by reaching a city park in the downtown area on foot.
Don’t Forget Food
You know you need sustenance while you do sightseeing. Denver’s restaurants will not disappoint.
At the 16th Street Mall you can shop at the retail outlets, but don’t miss out on the cuisine of over 50 restaurants.
You’ll find elegant restaurants if that’s your preference. But an even better option is the food trucks Denver is famous for. Get a meal on the go so you can continue your sightseeing!
And then there’s beer. Denver is known for its beer breweries. You’ll find many places to enjoy unique brands.
Stay in the Right Hotels
Position yourself correctly for your holiday by foot. Many Denver—and specifically downtown—hotels place you central to all attractions. Pick one of them to prevent unnecessary car travel.
Go for Hikes
Of course, you can enjoy hikes outside the city as much as the local ones.
Thanks to the stunning mountain parks around Denver you can hike and discover stunning scenery such as the Rocky Mountains. Some favorite options for tourists are:
- The Dinosaur Ridge
- Red Rocks Amphitheater
- Buffalo Bill’s Grave
You can book transport to get you to these sites and then enjoy the day in the fresh air.
You can see Denver offers something for every type of tourist. You simply have to seek out the activities suited to you. And all of them are better experienced outside your vehicle. When you exchange rubber tires for comfortable shoes your holiday memories automatically get upgraded!
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