Capitol Hill / Congress Park
A vibrant mix of urban culture, Capitol Hill's historic mansions share space with newer condos and apartments, resulting in an eclectic young community. Home to some of Denver's most interesting tourist attractions, the gold-domed Colorado State Capitol (200 E. Colfax Ave.) acts as an anchor for this hilltop neighborhood, while the 210-foot-high French Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1530 Logan St.) also serves as a focal point. The impressive cathedral was the first basilica west of the Mississippi and where Pope John Paul II conducted a mass during World Youth Day in 1993.
Nestled in the middle of this neighborhood of beautiful turn-of-the-century mansions is Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St.). And true to the neighborhood's diverse nature, the modernist Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art (1311 Pearl St.) is next door to one such mansion formerly owned by a Colorado legend: you can get a glimpse into the life of Denver's most famous prospector at the Molly Brown House (1340 Pennsylvania St.). "Unsinkable Molly" gained wealth during the gold rush days and fame as a Titanic survivor. Many of the other stately mansions have been converted into bed & breakfasts, elegant tearooms, or office space. The neighborhood is also the hub of both Denver's LGBT scene as well as the city's punk community, with music and shopping befitting both. Capitol Hill/Congress Park is also a great place to hear live music. Explore Capitol Hill/Congress Park's rich heritage with the Denver Story Trek, an interactive, multimedia tour that takes you to Denver's greatest historic attractions.
Where to Find It
2.5 miles southeast of Denver's Central Business District, in the area squared off by Broadway, Colfax, Downing, and Sixth Aves.
FREE SHUTTLE: Many of the attractions can be reached from
downtown by taking the free 16th Street shuttle to the end of the line
at Civic Center Park, which is home to the Capitol Building.
CAB FARE FROM DOWNTOWN: $10.50 (approx.)
RTD: Direct routes on bus 15, #10 direct route.
Both Congress Park and Cheesman Park offer summer entertainment and are great places for a jog, a picnic, or some great people-watching. Capitol Hill is a very gay-friendly community and a haven for artists and bohemians.
The annual Denver PrideFest parade and festival (one of the biggest LGBT celebrations in the US) makes its way through the heart of the neighborhood each summer while the largest Cinco de Mayo festival in the nation takes place in front of the State Capitol in Civic Center Park. Learn more about Denver events at www.Denver365.com.