Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver was a natural point to break up the 52-hour ride to Chicago–but it also struck me as a very friendly and livable city.

You arrive at Union Station–but unlike Chicago’s version, the tracks here are all outside so it’s a more attractive view going in.

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Inside is a vibrant restaurant scene and shopping area–to the point that I had no idea where to find the baggage claim.

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Downtown Denver itself is anchored by the 16th Street shopping mall, a lively pedestrian zone complete with public pianos for everyone to use!

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It also features historical museums,

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As well as the greenery stores you’d expect in Colorado (a few blocks away)

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It was also entertaining watching the planned parenthood signature-collector have a friendly chat with the JESUS SAVES-poster holder at the traffic light.

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In the heart of the business district was a food truck fair held most summer weekdays, with many businesspeople enjoying their lunch break in the sun with music.

 

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Overall, it’s clear Denver is an extremely fast-growing city, with lots of energy visible just walking downtown.

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