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    Old South Pearl Street

    by atufft Updated May 1, 2011

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    One of the more hip and lively neighborhoods is South Pearl Street, which is not too far from the University of Denver in the center of south Denver. This is a neighborhood of nice old single family homes, with a lively commercial strip along South Pearl Street. There are quaint bakeries, high end coffee/tea shops, and bicycle shops by day, and by night very good restaurants and bars with live music. The neighborhood commercial alliance also sponsors Farmer's Markets and street festivals (see link below). To drive there, take I-25 south according to the Google Map instructions given on the web link. From downtown, buy an RTD light rail "B" fare zone ticket, and then take the either the E, F, or H train to the Louisiana-Pearl Street Station, and then walk in. Here are a few images, in addition to the link, but also check out my restaurant tips for

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    Highland Bridges over I-25 and Platte River

    by atufft Updated May 1, 2011

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    These are great images, look at them all. Near the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, there are a number of spectacularly modern Highland District pedestrian bridges over the Platter River to Commons Park, over the Platte River bicycle trails, and toward the 16th Street Mall. On the 16th Street Mall side is the Union Station RTD stop, for the D & E lines, the 16th Street Mall bus, and close by the tourist oriented Platte Valley Trolley.

    We often park the car on the Highland District side of I-25, on Central Street, where parking is free and easy to find, and bars are available if we choose to walk no further. Normally though we walk across the Highland pedestrian bridge over I-25 and through the red brick condominium Highland condo neighborhood. Then we continue to another spectacular pedestrian bridge over the Platte River and into Commons Park. The Park has a slightly meandering route through to the end of the 16th Street Mall.

    At this point, we have immediate access to either the Mall Bus or RTD light rail system at Union Station. Larimer Historic District is also close by.

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    Old Denver at Larimer Street

    by atufft Updated May 1, 2011

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    15th and Larimer is the nexus for Old Town Denver, a place of mostly 3 story brick buildings built during the late 19th century. The gold from the various mining camps flowed back to Denver, and so the city architecture was fairly opulent right from the start. Beginning in the 1950's preservationists pushed for restoration of the Larimer Square and the neighborhood of 19th century commercial buildings, a project that continues even today.

    Whereas the 16th Street mall caters to the corporate franchise and shadowy high-rise, I like Larimer as a place to casually walk and talk with friends, while looking for a decent locally owned place to eat for lunch or dinner. Culinary standards are higher here than along 16th street mall. The quaint and ornately restored low rise red brick buildings allow the sun to shine on the sidewalks, where very often lunch is served.

    This is also an excellent place to visit with friends before or after a Rockies baseball game because it's within walking distance of Coors Stadium. Music and drinks are common here at night, although the established sports bars are more commonly found a little closer to the stadium. Curbside parking anywhere downtown can be tricky, so expect to walk a block or so from the metered spot found to wherever you're going. Alternatively, Larimer is within a block or so of all 5 lines of the RTD Light Rail System.

    There's a movement afloat to bring back the original 19th century Denver Streetcar system, and although the proposals seem to focus a track laid along Colfax Street, which is also business loop I-70 and US40, which is not very close to the Larimer Historic District, it seems to me more wise to push the trolley around this downtown area, and put another light rail line out toward Aurora and the Denver Airport. Oh well, what do I know. I'm from out of town. An old time trolley running up and down Larimer would be a good way to reduce automobile traffic and restore the historic ambiance.

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    Cherry Creek

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Cherry Creek empties into the South Platte River near the LoDo District. Early settlers built homes and businesses along this small creek, despite warnings from local Indians. The Indians had seen this creek become a raging torrent, flooding the valley. But the settlers ignored the warnings. As a result, much of the early Denver settlement was wiped out when the creek overflowed its banks.

    Today, Cherry Creek is "tamed", with tall concrete barriers. Along the creek are hiking and biking trails. Hikers stay on one side of the creek, and bikers on the other--an arrangement that benefits both groups. This is an excellent place to get some exercise and do a little sightseeing.

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    Take a tour in Colorado Capitol

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Tours start each 30 minutes or even less at the front door of the Capitol (on the side of the monument). Tour includes some history about Capitol construction, Colorado history, stained glass windows, Women’s Gold Tapestry, Gallery of Presidents, and the Senate and House of Representatives’ chambers.

    Hours:
    September – May Monday through Friday from 9.15 am to 2.30 pm
    June – August Monday through Friday from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm

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    Colorado Dark Arts Festival

    by leafmcgowan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This Year's Colorado Dark Arts Festival took place at three venues : Cafe @ Netherworld, The Church, and the Shelter with a fabulous smorgasboard of entertainment from over 9 local bands, International bands like "Zombie Girl" and "The Siren Project", and a host of dancers, dance troupes, belly dancers, burlesque, acrobatics, skits, Panel discussions, Gothic poetry, artists, vendors, A tarot reader, and much food and drink to imbibe. Many DJ's entertaining us in different dance club rooms inbetween the acts and for late night entertainment and dancing fun. One of the most entertaining Dark Arts Festivals ever! All that and more for a modest $10 - anyone nuts enough to miss it lost out. A must attend event every year! Thank you for everyone who came together to put on this incredible event. Review Rating of a 5 out of 5. Featured: Tristraum, Born in Winter, The Dignity of Labour, The Siren Project, December Question, Deviant, Eloquent, AnaDies, Vespertine Sky, Zombie Girl; Art by Belladonna, Uri Francisco, Robert Geist, Grim, Karen Hall, Mental Switch, Alicia Murray, Noire, K.L. Turner, Mark Tyler, Hannah Warner, Stan Yan, Cassandra Young, and much more ...

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    Molly Brown House & Museum

    by Astrobuck Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the house of the TITANIC survivor Molly Brown. This is a must see for anyone travelling to Denver. There is also a small TITANIC exhibit in the back of the house containing items Molly had with her on the fateful voyage. Ms. Brown died in 1932. Her house was bought by the historical society and was preserved. Prices are $6.50 for adults, $5.00 for seniors over 65 and $3.00 for kids 6-12 years old.

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    Avalanche!

    by worldglobetrotter Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you're into hockey, then you have got to see the Colorado Avalanche in action. The team is arguably one of the best period. Great team work and with Joe Sakic...how could you go wrong?

    The Avalanche see action in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

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    Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    by Caolonm Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I thought that the DMNS was fantastic, even if the guy working the ticket desk thought we were crazy for wanting to stay the whole day. I highly recommend the ticket which allows you to see the museum, IMAX, and the Planetarium. It’s less than $20 per person making it an inexpensive way to spend a day in doors and stay entertained. The Food court has a great variety of food and everything was tasty. My wife and I each had a great big salad (make it yourself at a per ounce charge), a piece of pizza for each, and a drink. Grand total around $16. Not bad for a theme park, I guess. But, the food was good. The IMAX is a pretty good place to take a nap, if you need one. Very steep stadium seating means that you don’t have to worry about how tall the person is in front of you. I personally enjoyed the planetarium a little more, but thought both shows were great. If you get the last show of the night for the planetarium, you get to stay in the museum the maximum amount of time, but it empties out into the back area and you have to walk back to the front of the museum to get to your car. It’s quite a walk. Over all, a great place to spend the day and relax.

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    Denver's City and County building

    by caffeine_induced78 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Denver was not always pretty. In the beginning it was a dusty town on the high plains that was hot in the summer and windy and cold in the winter.

    Most Denverites don't know how much of a thanks they need to give to former Mayor Speer's "City Beautiful Movement," that occured in the early 1900's. Many of the old trees that you see around and the abundent parkland are a testiment to his legacy. The "City and County of Denver" building was the crowning glory of this movement. Planned and completed over a 26 year period by 39 local architects in 1932, the city and county building "balances" the State Capital building.

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    Colorado State Capitol

    by bocmaxima Updated Dec 20, 2010

    One of my favorite free activities while in a capital city is to visit the state capitol building. The architecture is always interesting, there is almost always good art inside, you can usually learn some state history while inside and, most importantly, they're always completely free.
    Colorado gold-domed state capitol sits on the southeast edge of Denver's downtown area, just a few steps from the end of the 16th Street Mall bus line. It is not as often visited by tourists to the city, possibly because of its proximity to the US mint and other attractions that often overshadow it.
    Like almost all state capitols (Wyoming and Idaho are the only ones where I haven't seen it), you have to pass through security, including a metal detector, upon entering. Maybe this another reason why people don't often come here.
    There is no totally "free" parking, although there are 2-hour free parking spots less than a block away within the Capitol Hill neighborhood, on the street.

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    Forney Transportation Museum

    by Yorick12 Written Apr 27, 2010

    The museum includes over 500 exhibits relating to historical transportation. Everything from Model T's to steam engines to trolley cars. And there's always something new to explore. They bring in new exhibits about every 3 months.

    Monday -Saturday
    10am - 4pm

    Admission Rates:

    Adults.......................$8.00

    Seniors(62+)............$6.00

    Children(3-15).........$4.00

    Children under 3........Free

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    Denver Art Museum

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 13, 2010

    A day of art all around for me as me and friends wandered into the Denver Art Museum on their 'free day' which is the first Saturday of the month. Being my first visit to Denver's impressive Art Museum, I enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back. Hosted in Denver's Civic Center, this Art Museum is reknown for its collections that expanse well over 68,000 works of art and has quite a notable collection of American Indian Art. Originally founded in 1893 at the Denver Artist's Club, it took on the name of the "Denver Art Association" in 1916 and moved into its first galleries in 1918 where it became known as its current namesake. Taking over the current building in 1971 that was designed by Gio Ponti and local architect James Sudler as a 24-sided, 7 story architectural art piece in of itself. In 2006, the Duncan Pavillion grew to a 5,700 square feet second story additon to the original Morgan Wing clad in titanium and glass. The museum hosts nine curatorial departments: (1) Modern and Contemporary, (2) Native Arts, (3) Architecture, Design and Graphics, (4) Asian Art, (5) New World Art, (6) Painting and Sculpture, (7) Photography, (8)Western Art, and (9) Textile Arts. The Museum has and does display the arts of India, China, Japan, Southwest Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Southeast Asia, religious art, traditional folk crafts, modern and contemporary collections of 20th-century artists including the Herbert Bayer collection, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, Damien Hirst, Philip Guston, Dan Flavin, John DeAndrea, Gottfried Helnwein, Yue Minjun, Native American arts (spanning several hundred tribes) with Northwest Coastal woodcarvings, Naskapi painted leather garments, Winnebago twined weaving, Plains Indian beadwork, Navajo weaving, Pueblo pottery, California basketry; Oceanic arts spanning all the major islands with wood carvings, painted bark cloth from Somoa, Tonga, and Hawaii; Melanesian collections from Papua New Guinea & New Ireland; drawings, paintings; African Arts with sculptures, textiles, jewelry, paintings, printmaking, drawings, Yoruba works; New World Arts; Latin American arts including ceramics, stone, gold, jade, furnishings, silver from Spanish Colonial periods; Pre-Columbian arts from Mesoamerica, lower Central America, and South America; Mayan art from Mexico, guatemala, and Belize; European and American paintings and photographic works; Coptic and pre-Columbia textiles; Western American Art; the Harmsen Collection; and many more .... The Museum cannot be completely covered in a day - so make your visit to span the weekend. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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    Colorado History Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 22, 2009

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    The museum is due to close around March 2010, but much of the items are already moved out of the facility. it is to be relocated to another spot in one block south in downtown maybe in the summer? So the charge was free for what was left of exhibits on display. Only 1/3 of those exhibits remained while I was there. Overall, the museum depicts the evolution of pioneers that came west looking for fortune in minerals/gold, silver, and the like. They also show some artifacts that are preserved form the era of mid to late 1800's.
    The location is across form the public library and two short blocks form the Art museum (new one). I am sure once they get settled in the new facility it will be bigger and better, but there were not many artifacts, as much as murals to read to chronological history.

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    Denver Art Mesuem

    by lovesjanuari Written Dec 7, 2009

    The Denver Art Mesuem is located in downtown, just a little bit south of the 16th street mall. It is on Broadway and 14th - very close in walking distant or a quick cab or bus ride from local hotels in downtown Denver. Just recently a second part of the Mesuem was built right across the street from the original as an additional add on. The new wing of the DAM is very fresh and contemporary, the second floor consist of installation pieces that are moving art exhibits that come from all around the world. The nice thing about the mesuem is on Fridays from 6 - 10pm is a happy hour where they host live art being created in front of vistors in the mesuem...along with interactive art that you can take a part in....like writing an haiku that is displayed along the walls is something they let vistor do to make them feel a part of the art being created. On the fridays where there is happy hour you can go and eat food listen to live music and have wine all while browsing the beautiful art from old and new artist alike. Denver has many Mesuem, for a visit I think it is a shame if a person doesn't see at least one of them. Denver Art Mesuem is one you'll enjoy because if you are an adult looking for something to get into to start the night, it can be great for going out on dates, after dinner or before dinner taking a person there can become an enjoyable night. Lots of young hip people in their mid 20's on up to young people in their 70's can be found hanging out enjoying the hip hop or jazz being played and viewing the art. But it is also awesome place to take children in the day, they will be engage in the life size art pieces like a neon door made for people to walk through...the great thing is the price to visit is very expensive.

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