Denver neighborhoods as seen from the seat of a bicycle

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It’s always an awesome bonus when you’re visiting a city and a friend lets you borrow a bicycle. Biking is one of the best ways to get to know an urban environment. So with my second-hand two-wheeler in tow (thanks Cynthia!), I set off to cruise through some of Denver’s streets to check out neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Speer, Baker, Five Points and Washington Park.

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It’s always worth keeping your eyes open for some good street art. I call this one “Psychedelic fish swimming through a forest of electrical current.”

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T-Trove Asian Decor is the place to go for all your giant pot needs. I passed this place at least three times and its huge colorful pots kept calling to me.

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Approaching the state capitol building. Usually big cities like Denver don’t serve as the state capital, so it’s weird. You almost forget that it’s a capital because there’s so much other stuff going on.

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Tourists gather around the steps of the capitol building to take pictures on the step that is marked as being exactly one mile above sea level.

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There was some sort of military gathering near a statue outside the capitol.

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Churches are always the grandest architectural finds.

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One of the things that struck me about Denver was the abundance of local book stores. Book stores are dying everywhere else, but somehow they’re going strong here.

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Every city seems to have at least one great old theater with ornate designs and the pretentious spelling of the word “theatre.”

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If there’s one thing Denver has plenty of, it’s dive bars. There seem to be a lot of hipster types in the city, probably because it’s the only sizable city in the entire West between St. Louis and California.

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The Barker Lounge welcomes dogs and has one of its own out front.

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What a coincidence – one of my favorite Chicago bars is called Skylark.

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More dive bars sharing real estate on the same street. I wish Chicago’s dives were clustered together like this.

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A little more classy than dive bars, breweries are big business in Denver. I’m not a huge beer person but had occasion to stop into downtown’s Wynkoop Brewery.

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Check out the totally random exhaust pipe on the sidewalk!

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Every time I see a big camping vehicle, I get sentimental about my cross-country road trip. I need a new travel vehicle very soon.

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These kids freak me out a little.

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I like Denver a lot and I could see myself living there. It’s a bikable city with comfortable neighborhoods, lots of dive bars and thrift stores, plenty of hipster culture, museums, and proximity to everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

7 comments on “Denver neighborhoods as seen from the seat of a bicycle

    • Well, if you have a limited amount of time, it probably is better to see the mountains rather than the neighborhoods, which are pretty similar to the neighborhoods in many other cities.

  1. I saw you found the hi-dive! That is one of my all time favorite concert venues. I’ve seen some GREAT indie acts (both local and national) pass through that place and of course it is delightfully divey.
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