Thinking about “Mile-High City” living? Denver is a fantastic place to move. With trendy neighborhoods, a convenient transit system, great entertainment, and close proximity to all-things-outdoors, it’s truly a vibrant city. If you’re beginning your moving process or looking for a place to live and need some guidance, check out our Denver City Guide.
Where To Live
Whether you love super urban settings, modern high rises, rustic bungalows, or greener living, here are Denver’s top neighborhoods:
- City Park: This neighborhood is consistently ranked in the top five for Denver living. That’s because City Park rentals and homes are surrounded by the most parks out of anywhere else in the city. Plus, the Denver Zoo, museums, man-made lakes, and golf courses are all closeby.
- Cherry Creek: With a ton of shopping and dining options, plus biking and running paths for people who love to be active, you’ll have it all in this upscale neighborhood.
- Five Points: Charm is something that comes standard in this neighborhood. Known for being the most historic neighborhood in downtown Denver, expect lots of old world character in the buildings as well as a ton of fun bars, restaurants, and shopping options within walking distance.
- LoDo (Lower Downtown): Since you’re in the middle of all of the nightlife, shopping, and dining, you’ll pay a high premium for apartments. You’ll be in the center of the action though.
- Uptown: If you’re fresh out of school, you’ll find a lot of peers in this young neighborhood.
How To Find A Place
Once you’ve settled on a location, check out available rentals on Forrent.com. They have a huge database of rental properties you can easily sift through online. Also make sure you set up a renters insurance policy to protect you and your belongings at your new address!
How To Move
Finding a place is half the battle. Moving there is the rest. No matter if it’s a small in-town move or a cross-country trek, you can find moving companies to help pack, ship, store, and move you in and out of new and old residences. Flatrate.com even has a section for students who are moving and need to find affordable and dependable moving companies.
Things To Do
You’d be hard pressed to find yourself with downtime in Denver. With some of the nation’s most delicious restaurants, most beautiful and adventurous outdoor activities, and all kinds of entertainment, here are some of the ways you can keep yourself from twiddling your thumbs.
- Red Rocks: One of the world’s most iconic music venues is right in Denver. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre has hosted huge musicians like Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix and still continues to pump out music today from a variety of artists.
Depending on what type of cuisine you love most, you can find a ton of different restaurants in Denver. Here are some of the top places to grab a bite according to TripAdvisor.
- Izakaya Den for sushi
- Fruition for American fusion food
- Root Down for American/Spanish food
- Ambli Gourmet Eatery and Wine for Mediterranean food
- Snooze for American breakfast food
You’ll find people biking, running, hiking, climbing, and doing a ton of other outdoor activities all across Denver—and Colorado as a whole. As one of America’s Thinnest Cities, it’s no wonder why with so much to do outdoors. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Skiing: You’ll be under two hours away (driving time) from world-renowned ski resorts like Breckinridge, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, and many more.
- Hiking: Take a 90-minute drive to Rocky Mountain State Park for nearly limitless hiking and climbing. Or, hop in the car for less than 30 minutes and find an outdoor escape with a handful of hikes.
- Denver Parks: You don’t even have to leave the city limits to enjoy recreation in Denver parks like Cheeseman Park, City Park, and more.
Ways To Get Around
- By Bus:
- In-town: RTD, or Regional Transport District, is Denver’s public transit system. You can hop on their busses to get around town.
- Out-of-town: Take the Flatiron Flyer to get around to cities outside Denver—like Boulder, Westminster, Broomfield, and more.
- By Light Rail: Take the above-ground RTD Light Rail across Denver if you don’t have a car. It has 46 stations, six lines, and costs $2.25 to ride locally. You can save more with a $79 monthly local pass, and $120 express monthly pass—or even more if you’re over 65.
- By Car: If you have your own car, you’ll need auto insurance to go along with it. Depending on if you garage your car, park on the street, or have a driveway. Check out some of the top providers of auto insurance in Denver so you’re covered once you move.
We hope you found this Denver city guide helpful. Good luck with your move and exploring your awesome new city!
This expert guide was provided by our pals over at Obrella!