Walking one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods is a must for locals and visitors.

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Head straight to the historic LoDo area and hit up Snooze, a local favorite for steaming mugs of java and wonderful pineapple upside down pancakes. LoDo, a former skid row, painstakingly revitalized into a bona fide hot bed of art galleries, chic boutiques and snazzy bars and restaurants nesting in restored Victorian buildings, is a 26-block area that also includes Larimer Square, Union StationTattered Cover Bookstore and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. LoDo is the city's heartbeat, and you could easily spend the entire day here. In this historic area, it's easy to imagine Denver's former Gold Rush days when money was rolling and 17th Street, which ends at Union Station, was strewn with horse-drawn carriages, bustling brothels and wealthy businessmen — familiar images in the Western movies retracing this era.

LoDo is also the motherland of the microbrewing industry, and beer connoisseurs shouldn't miss the Wynkoop Brewery, Denver's first brewpub, opened by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper. More than a half-dozen brewpubs and microbreweries are located in LoDo, all of them unique in their own right.

LoDo peddles an astonishing number of notable restaurants, including Rioja, a Mediterranean-influenced food temple, Bistro Vendôme, a lovely French restaurant flaunting a terrific patio, Osteria Marco, an Italian dining den that does Sunday night pig roasts and Euclid Hall, a relative newcomer that may very well be the top restaurant in the city — with a notable craft beer list to boot. If you're hankering for fresh oysters, seafood and fish, steer your way toward Jax Fish House, a wildly popular sea of aquatics or McCormick's Fish House & Bar, located in the Oxford Hotel.

When night falls, check out El Chapultepec for live jazz, The Clocktower Cabaret for music, burlesque, comedy and drag shows, the Green Russell, a speakeasy that pours inventive cocktails concocted by the city’s best mixologists, comedy and burlesque acts or the Denver Performing Arts Complex, a catchall of culture that includes Broadway plays, ballets, opera, classical music concerts and lectures.

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