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Evening in Larimer Square picture in Denver
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In 1858, a group of American Indians and settlers struck gold at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Their discovery soon spread back to the East Coast, prompting people to pick up and move west. The site of the original pioneer camp (known back then as Auraria) soon grew into the charming area now known as Larimer Square. Although the city has since expanded, this historic neighborhood remains the heart and soul of the Mile High City, and according to some, it's the place to start your Denver experience. Recent visitors attest that Larimer Square is always buzzing with life, thanks to the area's numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife venues.

Before venturing to Larimer Square, you may want to pay a visit to the Larimer Square website. Here, you'll find a listing of all the local businesses and upcoming events, not to mention maps that can help orient where specific dining, shopping and entertainment options are.

Occupying the block of Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets, Larimer Square can easily be reached on foot from downtown and LoDo. Alternatively, visitors can hop on the Free MallRide, getting off at the 16th Street Mall & Larimer Street stop. You can visit Larimer Square at any time of day, though businesses adhere to their own hours of operation.

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#1 Union Station Denver's Union Station is a two for one: it's a working public transit station and a highly praised dining and shopping center. The station was a huge success ... Read more » powerofforever / Getty Images

#2 Denver Art Museum With galleries showcasing more than 70,000 works by famed artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Winslow Homer, the Denver Art Museum houses one of the most impressive collections ... Read more » Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

#3 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre With its excellent views of the Rocky Mountains, miles of hiking trails and cinnamon-hued sandstone cliffs, Red Rocks Park is a big draw for outdoors enthusiasts. Occupying 700-some acres, this ... Read more » Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

#4 Larimer Square In 1858, a group of American Indians and settlers struck gold at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Their discovery soon spread back to the East Coast, prompting people to ... Read more » Stan Obert / VISIT DENVER

#5 Denver Botanic Gardens The Denver Botanic Gardens' 24 acres feature a whopping 50 gardens for visitors to explore. This expansive facility in downtown Denver's Cheesman Park treats travelers to a variety of ... Read more » Scott Dressel-Martin / VISIT DENVER

#6 Denver Museum of Nature & Science With exhibits featuring everything from dinosaur bones to Egyptian mummies, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science inspires learning in the young and young at heart. This impressive facility houses ... Read more » Accretion Disc / Flickr

#7 Coors Field Named for Denver's famed beer, Coors Field in Denver's LoDo district is home to Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. The stadium occupies a whopping 76 acres and ... Read more » Rich Grant / VISIT DENVER

#8 Denver Zoo Modeled after a Kenyan nature preserve, the Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals, including tigers, black rhinos, kangaroos and orangutans. Sprawling across 80 acres of City ... Read more » Courtesy VISIT DENVER

#9 Molly Brown House Museum Nestled among the contemporary architecture of the Capitol Hill district is the Molly Brown House Museum, an eccentric example of Victorian life and design that no history buff should miss ... Read more » Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

#10 16th Street Mall 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  ... Read more » Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

#11 Washington Park Located south of central Denver, Washington Park is consistently praised by Denverites and visitors alike for its ample facilities and enjoyable atmosphere. Occupying 165 acres, this immense park boasts miles ... Read more » Courtesy VISIT DENVER

#12 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Football fans won't want to pass up the chance to spend some time on the Denver Broncos' home turf. The stadium can hold more than 76,000 NFL junkies ... Read more » Courtesy VISIT DENVER

#13 United States Mint Even if you hate the sound of excess change rattling around your pockets, you'll find a tour of the Denver branch of the United States Mint to be an ... Read more » smithcjb / iStockphoto.com

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#15 Mount Evans Scenic Byway If you came to Denver to experience the Rocky Mountains, you'll want to reserve a day to take a drive up to Mount Evans. In this instance, it isn ... Read more » Rich Grant / VISIT DENVER

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Union Station, a 100-year-old landmark, offers opportunities for shopping and dining in addition to tours. powerofforever / Getty Images

You don't necessarily have to go inside the Denver Art Museum to see some incredible works. You'll find immense sculptures (like the one pictured here) all around the building. Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

Sitting west of central Denver, Red Rocks Park offers excellent hiking during the day, while the on-site amphitheater hosts concerts and shows in the evenings. Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

Larimer Square marks the birthplace of the Mile High City. This historic area now boasts a variety of restaurants, bars and shops. Stan Obert / VISIT DENVER

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Coors Field is home to Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. Rich Grant / VISIT DENVER

These tigers are just two of the more than 4,000 animals housed at the Denver Zoo. This 75-acre facility also features rhinos, elephants and lions. Courtesy VISIT DENVER

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A popular pedestrian thoroughfare, the 16th Street Mall features a wide array of shops and restaurants. You'll find it bustling with activity day and night. Steve Crecelius / VISIT DENVER

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Sports Authority Field at Mile High can hold up to 76,000 Denver Broncos fans. Courtesy VISIT DENVER

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Take a drive along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway for spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains (and possibly their residents). Rich Grant / VISIT DENVER

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