2011.9.24We arrived at Denver in a late flight the day earlier. The next morning, our trip started with a city tour of Denver downtown. 16th street mall was still quiet at 10am in the morning. We went to see the State Capitol first.

View from Colorado State Capitol
View Denver Treasury Division from the State Capitol.
Colorado State Capitol
Colorado State Capitol

The 16th Street Mall is an 1.5-mile long shopping area opened in 1982. Besides all kinds of restaurants and shops, the tree-lined street also hosts various live performance and exquisite squares.

Double Daughter's Salotto, 16th Street Mall
Double Daughter’s Salotto on Market Street close to the 16th Street Mall
Writer's Square, 16th Street Mall
Writer’s Square on the 16th Street Mall
Tree-Lined Street, 16th Street Mall
Tree-lined 16th Street Mall
Overlook the State Capitor from the 16th Street Mall
At one end of the 16th Street Mall, you can see the State Capitol. We should have gone to the mall first and walked to the State Capitol from here.

After walking 2 hours, it’s nice to take the free MallRide bus back to where we started. We then went to Larimer Square. This short street is a historical downtown district. While the 16th Street Mall has mostly chain stores and restaurants, Larimer Square offers some authenticity of city’s past.

Larimer Square
Larimer Square
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