Visit Denver's 16th Street...
Visit Denver's 16th Street Mall, a 17 block long street downtown that was converted to pedestrian and shuttle traffic in 1982, and continues to be a popular and central location from which many of the central entertainment venues are easily accessed. My fondest memory of Denver, was our 2000-2001 New Year's Celebrations. The entirety of the tall buildings along the 16th Street Mall were rigged with fireworks by the same man who rigged the Eiffel Tower in Paris the previous year. It was SPECTACULAR. I also remember the week in 1993, when the Pope and the President came for World Youth Day celebrations. The entire city was permeated with a sense of electricity I never felt before. Although I am not Catholic, it was an exciting experience. Denver was also fortunate in 1997 to host the G8 Summit of world leaders for a weekend, and I was never able to drive anywhere without seeing a sign of the historic event happening blocks from my home.
Flying into Denver gives great...
Flying into Denver gives great mountain vistas. Glue yourself to the window for stunning scenery. I took this out the airplane window. Hearing Pavoratti in concert in the Mile High City. I will see Pavoratti anywhere! His voice is still the best around.
Byers-Evans House Museum
A house was built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher Williams Byers and sol in 18889 to the family of William Gray Evans, an officer of the Denver Tramway Company and Colorado governor's son.
The museum preserves the original furniture, dishes, things of the house's owners. You can take a giude tour at 11:00am, 12.30 pm and 2 pm.
Address: 1310 Bannock Street, Denver Colorado (right behind art museum)
Open daily except Mondays, from 11 am to 3 pm
Adults: $5, Seniors (65+) and Students with IDL $4, Children (6-12):$3, Children under 6 - free
Denver/Boulder area drivers...
Denver/Boulder area drivers are pretty terrible. Just a warning for those coming into the city with cars. The use of turn signals is seen as a sign on weakness. Right of way at a stop sign intersection is 'me first.' Passive-aggressive driving is the norm (you pass somebody on a divided highway, they speed up, try to cut you off and then give YOU the finger, like YOU'VE done something wrong). On the plus side, right of way to pedestrians is generally good and, even though we are having a huge problem with guns right now, road-rage caused shootings aren't a problem. Cultural tip: just be on the alert when you drive here, I always sort of assume that anything could happen at anytime without any warning and I have no problems.
Run/Walk/Bike/Fish/Chill in Washington Park
Washington Park, or just "Wash Park," is located just 10-15min south of downtown, and even though I-25 passes just to the south of the park, it has a very relaxing atmosphere. The park is located in a calm neighborhood and is a favorite location for people living in the area, and other parts of Denver, to have picnic, play sports, ride your bike, rollerblade, run, or walk. It has a two mile paved bike/rollerblade path, and a slightly longer dirt walk/jogging path. There are a couple of small water gatherings with fish in it, play areas, picnic tables, and shady trees. There are plenty of grills in the park that you can use on a first come first serve basis. However, you can also reserve a picnic area (about $40), and if somebody shows up that have done so, you have to move (personally, there has never been a time where there has been no room even if I didn't reserve a spot).