For anyone who loves ice cream, bicycles, and neighborhood gazing as much as I do - this route is for you! I've mapped out the best ice cream spots in Denver, based on their gourmet-style scoops as well as their location in explorable districts. In case four ice cream stops sounds excessive, you can justify it by the fact that you'll be pedaling along by bicycle. Use of B-Cycle (Denver's public bike share system) is encouraged. A sweet taste of Denver on two wheels, with plenty of inside scoops!
Highlands Bridge, Confluence Park, Cherry Creek Bike Trail, Old Santa Fe Arts District, Baker and South Broadway District, Denver Country Club Historic Neighborhood, Cheesman Park, Capitol Hill, Civic Center Park, 16th Street Mall
Little Man Ice Cream in Highlands (a.k.a. LoHi) is located at 2620 16th St. Best ways to reach the starting point are by bicycle, a rideshare app, or a 20-minute walk from Union Station - downtown Denver’s public transport hub. Highly recommended: Use Denver’s B Cycle bike share system. Starting point is across the street from the 16th and Boulder station.
Places to stop along the way:
Along this route, you’ll find city parks and green spaces to take a break, as well as great local breweries and delicious taco joints. You’ll also pass award-winning public arts projects with Instagram-worthy photo ops and the Denver Art Museum. The route ends on 16th Street Mall - Colorado’s most visited site. Plan an extra hour afterward for strolling along 16th Street through downtown and into LoDo.
Best time to walk:
Late afternoon or evening. Ice cream shops open between noon and 2pm and start closing at 10pm.
Lines at ice cream shops can be up to 20 minutes long during popular times. Each ice cream stop is in a fun pedestrian-friendly district with alternate / additional browsing options.