You’ve heard Denver be referred to as the “Mile High City”, but did you know that it is exactly one mile above sea level? You were today years old when you found that out, huh? Aside from being at an elevation that makes water take longer to boil, Denver is a modern, hip city that welcomes roughly 30 million visitors per year. And while Colorado is synonymous with winter sports, Denver has lots of summer and year-round activities to keep you busy and entertained.
Go Ahead, Play Tourist – ParkMobile Has Your Denver Parking Covered
When you think “city tour” you probably envision a bus packed with tourists, making stops at all the top attractions. Not a bad way to go, actually, if you want to see the most stuff and learn fun trivia facts from the local experts. But we know you want to get a closer look, so let’s talk about some options that involve walking (and leave the Denver parking to us).
Graffiti Tour in RiNo
Okay, what? No, seriously – there is a walking tour of the River North neighborhood (aka RiNo), called the Denver Graffiti Tour, where you’ll witness some mad street artist skills displayed on building walls. We’re not talking random tags from spray paint cans; we’re talking vivid colors, powerful imagery, art transforming the feel of the street.
All that walking is going to give you some powerful thirst and hunger, and there are plenty of great watering holes and food joints in the area to satisfy. Sound good? Okay – just look up 2142 Larimer Lot on your ParkMobile app and you can reserve parking in advance (it’s less than ¼ mile from the tour meeting spot). If you find a street parking spot that takes ParkMobile, you can reload time right from your phone rather than running back mid-tour to plug the meter. #winning
16th St. Mall
If you’re looking for a great combo of shopping, eating and people-watching, this is the destination for you. The 16th St. Mall is a mile-long pedestrian walk lined with shops and restaurants where you can opt to get in all your Fitbit steps for the day, or hop on and off a “MallRide” shuttle that stops frequently at each corner. And if you happened to have a drone hovering high above the crowds, you’d see that the promenade is designed to look like diamondback rattlesnake skin. Snazzy!
Just look up Independence Plaza on your ParkMobile app and you can reserve parking ahead of time; then it’s just an easy walk over to the promenade
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Whether you’ve got young kids who love a good thrill ride, or whether you’re a kid a heart, you can’t go wrong at the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. With feature rides like the “Mind Eraser” monster coaster and “Disaster Canyon” white water rafting, what’s not to love? Summer is begging for fun and sun at a theme park, doncha think?
Parking is available at Elitch Gardens but can be a bit pricey. The nice thing about using ParkMobile for any Denver parking is you can park a bit further out and use buses and light rail to get around.
Denver Microbrew Tour
Everyone knows Napa Valley is synonymous with wine, but Colorado has been dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer” and Denver is at the heart of that beer valley. Per capita, Colorado has the third highest number of breweries in the U.S. The most widely-consumed and famous beer from this Rockies region might be Coors, but for the microbrew enthusiasts there are any number of tours of Denver’s finest brew masters. Enter the Denver Microbrew Tour. The LoDo (Lower Downtown) Craft Beer Tour takes you on a walk around downtown and Ballpark neighborhoods, educates you on the history of beer in Denver and provides little tasties of what’s on tap. Beer me!
Walking is always a smart way to go when imbibing, and of course you’ll need to stash your ride while you’re on the tour. Remember the Independence Plaza lot we mentioned for 16th St. Mall? Conveniently, that is right near where the walking tour starts – 1001 16th St.