Denver’s central district has been brought back to life in recent years. It’s now a hot spot of creativity and art.
Denver’s Golden Triangle is the creative heart of the Colorado capital. Mile High City, as Denver is known, is a thoroughly laid-back affair. It’s often voted the best city to live in the U.S., and it isn’t hard to see why. Locals like their lives slower than the coastal cities, and the whole city thrums with music and arts.
The Golden Triangle, also known as Civic Center, runs from the river on the west side to North Broadway and Colfax Avenue. This bustling central district is perfect to explore on foot. You’ll find everything from off-beat designers to co-working spaces where digital nomads tap away on laptops and sip lattes. Many of these offices and stores have been reclaimed from former garages and industrial buildings.
Head north to Civic Center Park, Denver’s first National Historic Landmark. It’s a prime spot to people-watch or attend exciting events and sell-out concerts in the summer. The whole neighborhood seems to own a dog, so you’ll find parks are important spots in the Golden Triangle. Before long, you’ll have chosen a favorite green space.
Alongside all the hipsters and creatives are some of Denver’s finest institutions. The Denver Art Museum is especially renowned for its collection of Native American art. You cannot miss the spaceship-style entrance building over the street: this is the Frederic C. Hamilton building, which was added in 2006. It was apparently inspired by the peaks of the nearby Rocky Mountains. Just over Broadway sits the History Colorado Center. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, take the kids to this wonderfully innovative and interactive museum.
Neighborhood bars, craft breweries, cocktails joints, and dance clubs – the Golden Triangle isn’t just a daytime locale. Every block has a cool bar or hip late-night café waiting for you to drop in.