The heart of this downtown district is the 16th Street mall, with free MallRide shuttle covering 1.25 miles of shopping, dining and entertainment seven days a week. Denver's famous Brown Palace hotel has hosted U.S. presidents and other dignitaries, and still serves formal afternoon tea in the lobby. Head to the Paramount Café for elk burgers and people-watching with the local crowd on the patio. Located on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency, Peaks Lounge serves fancy cocktails to toast sunsets behind the Rocky Mountains as the downtown lights come on.
Getting Around Denver
The best way to get around Denver is using public transit. Regional Transportation District-Denver www.rtd-denver.com offers bus service from Denver International Airport. Fares range from $9-$13 depending on boarding and destination locations. Hours of operation are 3:30 a.m.-midnight. RTD Light Rail offers 5 lines of service with 35 stations. Fares range from $2.25-$5 depending on distance. Hours of operation 3 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Friday; 4 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Some lines operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The MallRide offers free transportation downtown between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Sunday. There is an extensive bus system available which generally operates from 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. Public bike sharing is available through Denver B-Cycle (http://denver.bcycle.com), $8 per 24 hour pass; $20 per 7 day pass. The first 30 minutes are free.
- Denver International Airport-DEN
- $55.15 Flat rate to downtown Denver
Things to Do and See Near Central Business District
- Denver Zoo
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Coors Field
- Mt. Evans
- Molly Brown House
- Colorado State Capitol
- Adams Mystery Playhouse