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Published: Sep 16, 2019
Outdoor restaurant seating in the evening in Lodo Denver
Courtesy of Visit Denver

The oldest neighborhood in Denver, LoDo (short for Lower Downtown), has maintained all the charm of the Colorado capital. A flag-lined main street and countless murals make for Instagrammable moments, and some of the cities' best-known restaurants are located in the area, including local-fare spots like Denver Milk Market and Coohills. Entertainment is abundant, as the iconic Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team, is nearby. To get transported into the past, you can take a tour at Union Station, a historic train station landmark.

The economy is strong in LoDo: The median household income is $108,086. Job growth increased by 26.5% between 2010 to 2018, and more opportunities are coming with the development of a new Amazon campus set to bring 400 tech jobs. A whopping 27% of residents commute by walking or biking, according to Money’s data analysis.

Even though residents reap the benefits of big-city life, they can't escape the incredible geography of the Centennial State and can take advantage of hiking, skiing, river rafting, and more outdoor adventures just a short drive away. Rocky Mountain National Park, home to some of Colorado's most stunning mountainous features, is directly west of town. — Chloe Wilt