Everyone from Everywhere

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Everyone wants to be in Highland (notice, no “s”.) Residents call it “Highlands”, “LoHi”, “North Denver”….But no matter what folks call it, the City of Denver calls it Highland–the area of West 38th Avenue to the north, a Union Pacific Railroad line on the east, the South Platte River to the southeast, Speer Boulevard on the south, and Federal Boulevard on the west.

Pure and Clean

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Highland includes Potter Highlands, Scottish Highlands, West Highlands, East Highlands, and Highlands. Originally, though, William Larimer, Jr named it “Highland.” The area–across the river from the bottom lands, where it was smoggy and dirty–offered clean, puritan living. Ruth Eloise Wiberg points this out in her book Rediscovering Northwest Denver, “They were proud of their gardens, their trees, their churches, their pure air, their pure water, their pure morals—especially their pure morals.”

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Many Denverites have been to Highland by way of REI, Confluence Park, Little Man Ice Cream or Olinger’s. But the neighborhood spreads north and east, including North High School and some of the original tuberculosis homes. The original Highlands Masonic Temple is in the neighborhood as well as countless Victorian homes, historic register homes and red stone homes. Many famous Denver founders lived in the neighborhood, too.

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Each block holds something fun to see. From old homes to new scrapes and everything in between, Highland showcases all price ranges and all styles. There is something for everyone–but the prices in Highland have skyrocketed in the past few years. Whereas folks eventually moved to Highland for the clean air, now folks move for the quick access to downtown.

Old Next to New with Great Downtown Views

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Walking through Highland, you’ll find many locals out walking their dogs, boutiques waiting for your dollars, and homeowners tidying up beautiful and unique yards. Occasionally, you’ll find small parks with small tot lots, and if you want to get off the hill, you can go down to the Platte River for a meander. Regardless of where you go when walking in Highland, there’s always something interesting to see.

The Route:

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Start at 3700 Lipan St. Walk west on W 37th Ave and turn left on Alcott St. Take a right on W 36th Ave. Take a left on Bryant St. Take a right on W 35th Ave.

After crossing Elati St, sneak up behind the Highlands Masonic Temple and take a look at its facade facing Federal. When finished, return back to Elati, turn south.

Take a left on W 33rd St, take a right on Bryant St. Notice the tuberculosis home on the corner. Continue to Vallejo and take a right. Take a left on W 28th Ave, notice the homes particularly on the south side of the street. At one time, some were fraternity homes!

Take a left on Central St, take a left on 15th St. Take a right on Boulder St. Take a left on 16th St. Grab an ice cream at Little Man Ice Cream, then continue to the right on Tejon St, heading north.

At W 32nd St, take a right. Take a left on Shoshone. Take a right on W 35th Ave. Take a left on Quivas St, take a right on W 37th Ave and continue back to your starting place.
Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.