Outdoor Shopping

Colorado is full of historical destinations with unique and innovative shopping spots. Although most people have usual buying places and favorite malls, sometimes it feels awfully good to change the routine. And vacations are just right for that.

Roaming the streets of an unknown town, tasting coffee and snacks in a charming little cafeteria just around the corner is all about enjoying a trip. You are not on a quest for bare necessities.

Denver has several neighborhoods with cute little shops, e.g., Old South Pearl, Uptown, LoDo, and Highlands.

And to accomplish that, here are some exciting suggestions what outdoor shopping malls, shopping streets, etc. you should visit.

Historic Downtown Littleton

 A historic tour in downtown Littleton will take you to the world of antique stores, galleries, and gift shops. After all that walk, you can rest in a cozy cafe. They are easy to find at this welcoming part of the city.

Annual celebrations are especially colorful, such as Halloween zombie parade and Trick or Treat Street. The area becomes a real festive place to hang out in November, with all the trees glowing from the street lights.

Golden — Where the West Lives

Upon arrival, you can’t miss the welcoming sign arching across Washington Avenue that confirms western hospitality and forward-thinking. A part of this sign is the slogan, “Where the West Lives.”

Apart from the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, this oldest and most historic town in Colorado offers a visit to the Golden History Museum and Park.

And if you are an art aficionado, the art display of Colorado artists at the exceptionally converted Victorian church will sweep you off your feet. It is home to Golden’s Foothills Art Center.

Most of the stores are locally owned, and you can find everything from outdoor equipment to fashionable clothing and art galleries. Excellent restaurants, breweries, pubs, or cafes with fine food and drinks are not lacking.

Fun events include the Golden Games in May, Buffalo Bill Days in July, the Golden Fine Arts Festival in August, and Olde Golden Christmas in December.

Durango — Well-kept Secret

Secluded and surrounded with a dramatic landscape that combines everything from the Animas River Valley’s sandstones to the San Juan Mountains’s peaks, Durango is part of the authentic western culture and history.

National Historic District is based in downtown Durango. Like an endless line, various shops, restaurants, pubs, and hotels in impeccably restored 19-century houses stretch down the street.

The town is very proud of its culinary scene and beers. So you can taste homegrown food in a local diner or beer in six microbreweries and brewpubs. You can even eat the original Himalayan dish prepared by a former shepherd. 

In Durango Welcome Center, you can buy the tickets for Mesa Verde National Park. The park has a souvenir shop.

Steamboat Springs — Summer Adventure

This mountain town in the northwest corner of the state hasn’t forgotten history. At the same time, the city has become a new first-class destination.

You can be pretty sure that the town is heaven for foodies. You’ll find all sorts of dining options in a variety of new restaurants and brewpubs.

The Downtown Sidewalk Sale takes place during late March, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. It will surely provide a chance to find the best deals from retailers as they start to clear their shelves.

Also, Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from mid-June through mid-September.

There are also clothing and accessories stores, as well as sporting gears shops. The town’s visitor center offers gift cards that are valid in many local stores.

Vail Village and Lionshead — Variety of Shops

 Vail is a resort town located between two ski-mountain bases of Vail Village and Lionshead. It is full of shops, selling everything from high-end jewelry and fine art to ski boots and cowboy hats. 

A free bus line through the pedestrian area is for those who are weighed down by shopping bags. Also, a growing number of fantastic restaurants, including Mountain Standard, Sweet Basil, and La Bottega, are at your disposal.

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

The historic district is situated in downtown Boulder, and it has been in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. It includes the city’s oldest commercial section.

In 1976, the city closed part of Pearl Street to all vehicles and constructed a remarkable open-air pedestrian mall.

In 1980, the mall won a national award for urban environmental design. Craft breweries, cafes, restaurants, boutique design, and clothing stores, as well as outdoor stores and other enticing businesses, line the brick pathways in this college town.

The list of shopping sites can go on and on. Virtually every town on a traveler’s map has something interesting to offer. You just have to look in the right places.