Highlights: Denver, Colorado

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at DEN Airport

Visiting for a business trip or having a transit in Mile High City? Don’t worry. Nowadays, taking a highlight tour (with or without weed) by yourself is so much easy in Denver. Previously people have to take taxis or probably public buses to reach the downtown, but the Broncos run the new commuter line from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station with no fuss, 37 minute journey from point to point. Use your credit or debit card or just simply take out $9.00 cash to buy a day pass ticket for all buses, commuter rail or light rail rides on the same day.

So, to answer the question: anything picturesque in town? Let’s check it out!

Union Station 

If you’re coming from the airport taking the commuter line, this site will be your first sight that you will definitely see once you stepped out the train. This Beaux-Arts train station  is one of Denver’s most iconic historic landmarks. Built in 1881, it was closed for renovation in the end of 2012 and re-opened in July 2014.Various shops, restaurants and a hotel are available to serve the guests. Denver Union Station is also the transportation hub for The Mile High City, offering access to front-range bus route, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle, the free Downtown Denver Circulator, the light rail lines and Amtrak trains, which the Californian Zephyr line (Emeryville/San Francisco – Chicago) makes a stop here. The Crawford Hotel at the Denver Union Station offers tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. Tours are $20 per person and last one hour and showcase Denver Union Station’s history, art, transportation, restaurants, retail space, and The Crawford Hotel’s luxury guest rooms. For further information for the tour, simply visit the website: http://www.thecrawfordhotel.com/tours/ and http://unionstationindenver.com/

The Great Hall of the Denver Union Station

LoDo (Lower Downtown)

Sit back and relax.

Hangout with some colleagues? Or just enjoying your quality time by yourself? Head out to this cool neighborhood. It is known and claimed as Denver’s oldest neighborhood, and it is home to some of the city’s best-known restaurants, galleries, shops and boutiques. Located in the heart of downtown, LoDo is the perfect area to chill, sit back and relax from the work stress and beside that, the lamps and decorations along the Larimer Street is so beautiful, making it one of the country’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Oh, the photo that I uploaded above was taken when I enjoyed the evening in September just before I had my birthday last year in 2015. I chose a cool, sleek restaurant named Ocean Prime (just around the corner of Larimer St and 15th St) and tasted their half dozen fresh oyster as well as the Surf ‘n’ Turf, which was sooo amazing! A glass of red wine absolutely closed my day with a very wide smile.

16th Street Mall

Urmm..well yes, actually this is not a name of a shopping mall, but this is a kind of avenue, outdoor pedestrian walk. If you seek out a shopping mall, you will see one here on this street, and the name is Denver Pavilions, or, if you expect a bigger mall, you might go to Cherry Creek district, which is about 20 minute ride by Uber or Lyft, and you’ll find a shopping center with couple department stores and shops over there. Back to this street again, 16th Street Mall offers many shops and stores, as well as al fresco cafés (which are so perfect to dine in the summer!) and fine dining restaurants. The photograph above was taken on December 5th, 2015, that evening after the Festival of Lights was held, and one below was taken in the summer. Take some selfies with background of the famous Daniels and Fisher Tower! It is located at the corner of 16th St and Arapahoe St.

Civic Center Park
Seek out the Colorado State Capitol and Denver County Court. Take some photographs of Denver County Court in the morning and the Capitol in the afternoon. The sunshine will answer your questions, it is all about lighting (for your pictures). This places are great to walk around, and sometimes you have to check this place out because some events are usually held here.

Colorado State Capitol on the background


Denver County Court

Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum: Frederic C. Hamilton Building (big left), North Building (small right)

One that you might or might not missed: visiting an art museum. The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and Western American art. You can learn about cultures from around the world just in one site while you have a free time in Denver.

For further information about the museum, simply visit http://denverartmuseum.org/

Collage of the collections of the Denver Art Museum
Reading and sitting area inside of the museum

Visiting Denver doesn’t always have to get so high, right? Many places and points of interest will entertain your time while you are in Mile High City. There is so many shops, boutiques, pubs, bars, cool cafés and restaurants will attract some of positive vibes so you can get a refreshed day when you are transitting here. Hope you enjoy your day in Denver when you have a chance!


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