16th Street & California Street
Denver, CO 80202
The City of Denver constructed the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall in the 1980s—it symbolizes the revitalization of downtown and has remained a popular, convenient passage to dining, shopping and the arts. One mile in length, visitors either walk its wide sidewalks or hop on free shuttle buses that stop at every block. Where to go? The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is home to the symphony and ballet, local theatre troupes and touring Broadway shows. Historic Paramount Theater, built as a silent-movie venue, morphed into an intimate venue for nationally known musicians and performers. Restaurants and retail shops line the Mall with accompanying patios and seating areas ideal for people-watching...luxury hotels, with their own restaurants and lounges, are a short walk away. The Pavilions houses familiar retail stores, along with commercial movie theaters, a jazz club and a bowling alley. The Colorado Convention Center, site of some of Denver's favorite annual events, added a cozy concert hall for well-known talent. Downtown Denver sparkles during the holidays—the City and County Building has a legendary light display so popular that it stays up through mid-January.
Photo courtesy of Downtown Denver