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16th Street Mall free

16th Street | Denver, CO 80202
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Steve Crecelius/VISIT DENVER
  • Type: Shopping, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The 16th Street Mall is to Denver what Rodeo Drive is to Los Angeles. This mile-long pedestrian thoroughfare, which stretches across the southern end of the LoDo district and bypasses Larimer Square, is lined with a variety of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, making it a popular place to visit at nearly all hours of the day (although some travelers note that the area can feel a bit dicey at night, despite a heavy police presence). Even if you're not looking to give your credit card a workout, recent visitors recommend taking a stroll along the 16th Street Mall, as it leads to some excellent people-watching.

If you're not up for walking, hop aboard the free MallRide shuttle bus, which passes by every few minutes and stops at every street corner. According to one TripAdvisor user, "This makes the dozens of great restaurants in and around the core of downtown easily accessible since most are located within 2-3 blocks of 16th street." After sundown, skip the bus and opt for a horse-and-carriage ride instead.

The 16th Street Mall can easily be reached on foot from downtown and LoDo, or you can hop aboard the MallRide bus from either end of the street. Several light rail stops — particularly 16th & Stout and 16th & California stations on the D, H and F lines — also service the area. You can access the 16th Street Mall at any time, and there's no entrance fee; however businesses adhere to their own hours of operation. To learn more about the different shops and restaurants here, visit the 16th Street Mall's website.

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