LoDo

LoDo is bordered by Park Ave/Platte Street to the North,  Lawrence Street to the South, S Platte River Drive/20th Street to the  East, and Speer Boulevard to the West.

The historic lofts, charming townhomes, and elegant high rises of  LoDo offer an idyllic Parisian lifestyle where the urbane and  sophisticated dine en plein air at charming area bistros and relish the  option to walk, bike, or ride the bus or Light Rail in lieu of driving.


In pedestrian-friendly LoDo and the adjacent Platte Valley Greenway,  adopting a car-free lifestyle is easy and likely to improve health,  increase peace of mind, and help protect the environment. Enjoy the  colorful pageantry that only LoDo can offer. You’ll never lack for  stimulating things to do and see.

After a protracted period of decline that began with the Silver Crash  of 1893 and lasted nearly a century, a revitalized LoDo offers a  21st-century version of the glittering Silver Boom era, when bustling  Larimer Street was justifiably called “the grandest thoroughfare between  Chicago and San Francisco” and favorably compared with New York’s  Broadway for “enterprise, stability, and rush.”


In those heady days, one might well cross paths with the likes of  Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, Calamity Jane, Soapy Smith, and other  frontier icons out and about on the dusty streets. Indeed, Larimer  Street epitomized the classic “Old West” as portrayed by Hollywood:  teeming with cattle barons, Indians, gunfighters, wagon trains, salon  keepers, madams, miscreants, and gold miners.

Today, a different breed roams this robust heart of Denver, where the  streets bustle night and day with shoppers, nightclub hoppers, sports  fans, business people, and tourists. The landscaped paths along the  South Platte and Cherry Creek provide walkers, joggers, and cyclists  with safe, picturesque access to one of the most extensive urban trail  systems in the nation.

Confluence Park, site of Denver’s first settlements, is rife with  kayakers from dawn till dusk while skate boarders cavort in the sculpted  bowls of the nearby Denver Skate Park. On summer evenings, eager locals  gather on the grassy knoll above the river for free concerts and  movies.


At 16th Street, where Commons Park rolls along the banks of the Platte,  three pedestrian bridges link LoDo to Platte Street, Denver’s “Left  Bank” and Highland, one of Downtown’s newest trendy neighborhoods. The  architecturally intriguing bridges include the landmark cable-stayed  Millennium Bridge and a spectacular new span across I-25.

The magnificent, blocks-long facade of renovated, 19th-century brick  warehouses lining Wynkoop Street opposite Italianate Union Station knows  no rival anywhere in the country. Discover dozens of retail outlets,  watering holes, upscale restaurants, salons and spas, offices, and  lofts. Among them are the Wynkoop Brewery, Morton’s of Chicago, the  Oxford Club, and nationally renowned Tattered Cover Bookstore, in the  handsomely restored Morey Mercantile Building.

Larimer Square’s delightful historic buildings boast upscale  boutiques, fine restaurants, nightclubs, and the ever-popular Market, a  New York style deli touted as the “first espresso bar between New York  and Los Angeles,” when it opened more than 20 years ago.


Shopping and dining likewise abound at adjacent Writer Square and the  recently updated Tabor Center, which host Cheesecake Factory, the Palm  at the Weston Hotel, an upscale food court, and a host of classy  boutiques.

Professional sports cover the four seasons with the Denver Broncos,  Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado  Rapids (soccer) playing to enthusiastic crowds in sparkling,  state-of-the art facilities. If you can’t actually attend the game, join  flocks of fans cheering on the home team at nearby sports bars.

The club scene jumps with jazz, dance, and comedy, while a dazzling  array of restaurants offers fast food, sushi, gourmet delicacies,  succulent steaks, and everything in between. Or mingle with art mavens  and bohemians at LoDo’s diverse selection of galleries, artists studios,  coffeehouses, and open-air markets.


Rail lines, buses, and the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle connect LoDo  residents to downtown, DIA, the Denver Tech Center, and even the  mountains via the Ski Train to Winter Park. Light Rail and commuter rail  lines to DIA, Boulder, Golden, and Park Meadows Mall are in the works.  As time goes by, the allure of LoDo grows ever stronger and it continues  to earn national plaudits as one the country’s premier urban  communities.