Denver is Waiting for You!
A MAHC Annual Conference is never all work and no play! Downtown Denver and the metro area offer a world of dining, shopping and recreational attractions. To start with, you can discover the 16th Street Mall, located in downtown Denver. The mile-long, pedestrian- friendly mall is packed with shopping, restaurants and interesting attractions.
Free shuttle buses travel up and down the 16th Street Mall, stopping on every corner. Hop on and hop off as the shuttles come and go every few minutes and make everything downtown easy to reach. Stay tuned for our venue of special Denver area activities and outings
16th Street Mall
The 16th Street Mall is located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. At over 1.25 miles long, it has FREE shuttle rides going end to end, giving you easy access to more than 250+ stores lining the street making it a favorite tourist destination. The buses are natural gas powered so you can feel comfortable walking or taking the bus up and down the street. The 16th Street mall has been around for 30+ years and Denver is the process of updating it to make it even more exciting. Be sure to check out the many Stores and Restaurants around 16th Street Mall.
Just over a full mile of pedestrian shopping and dining has made the 16th Street Mall a downtown Denver favorite of locals and tourists for more than 30 years. Over 250 shops and restaurants, plus year-round special events, make this area an exciting Denver destination since the early eighties.
The Sixteenth Street Mall runs from the southeast at the Civic Center Station (RTD) by the State Capitol Building, to the northwest ending at Wewatta Street near Union Station. It includes 14 city blocks over 1.25 miles.
There’s even an additional shopping center housing 40+ more retail stores and eateries at one end of 16th street, called Denver Pavilions. It has the always-fun Lucky Strike Lanes, bowling alley.
The 16th Street Mall promenade surface was designed with white, grey and red granite tiles, by architect I.M. Pei. When viewing the promenade from above, the design resembles the pattern of a western diamondback rattlesnake.
Many fountains along 16th street add to the beauty of this shopping community. Small plazas provide areas for themed events. At night, the over 200 trees along the promenade are lit with twinkle lights — a delight to see while taking a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Free 16th Street Mall Bus Ride
Though mainly a pedestrian mall, there are free shuttle busses that stop at every corner along the promenade every few minutes and all week long. But don’t miss out on walking the north end path over three pedestrian bridges that connect 16th Street Mall to Commons Park.
Recognizable national brands mix with exclusive-to-Denver companies in this bustling shopping district. Clothing, jewelry, books, tea, wine, yarn, and hand-crafted leather goods are among the many products retail vendors sell in this area.
For designer fashions, shops like Banana Republic, Francesca’s, and LOFT are some of the main clothing chains. Boutiques like Long Tall Sally’s (fashion for tall women) and M.W. Reynold’s (outdoor wear for men) sell specialty apparel.
There are many gift shops to choose from throughout 16th Street Mall. Book lovers from around the world relish hours spent browsing the shelves and grabbing a treat at Denver’s own Tattered Cover Bookstore.
It would take far too long to list all the great restaurants, sidewalk cafes, taverns, breweries and coffee houses 16th Street Mall contains. Dining here runs from very casual to luxurious, and everything in-between.
For breakfast, try The Delectable Egg or Snooze an A.M. Eatery. For a Colorado farm-to-table lunch, try Modern Market. For great Italian food, try Mici. For award-winning Asian street food, try Zoe Ma.
If you’re craving a great beer or hard cider, check out Henry’s Tavern or Rock Bottom Brewery.
16th Street Mall is surrounded by hotels, historic LoDo and trendy LoHi districts, and convenient public transportation. A visit to 16th Street Mall is a great jumping off point to all that downtown Denver has to offer for visitors of all ages.