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Photos: Ten best places in Denver to people watch

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There are few places better for people watching than Denver. Given Colorado's magnetic effect on tourists and folks looking for a better place to live than their crappy hometown, not to mention our own highly original locals, there's typically a wide variety of humanity on display, and checking them out is free.

But what are the best spots for this pastime? For that, we consulted our handy Best of Denver archive. Look below to check out best people watching spots from more than a decade's worth of editions. They're worth watching.

Best Place to People Watch -- Outdoors: Washington Park

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Parks usually make for good people-watching, but Washington Park, which pops off with free entertainment year-round, is the cream of the crop. You'll find moms pushing strollers the size of ATVs and dads on rollerblades with ski poles; bar-based running clubs in the afternoons and lane-weaving cruiser-bike fanatics; overzealous triathlon types on racing bikes; tanned-and-toned sorority gals; school groups; and, of course, people who look like their dogs. It's a melting pot of eye-catching splendor. -- Best of Denver 2013

Best Place to People Watch -- Indoors: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

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An indoor retail oasis in the middle of the city, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center has banked on its elite status since opening in 1990. But if you're not shopping, buy a latte and grab a seat -- there are several living rooms' worth of cushy furniture and a giant flat-screen TV in front of Abercrombie & Fitch -- because you could sit for hours watching people. Who's there? Everyone from early-morning Silver Sneakers Club mall walkers and the lady with her dog in a stroller to international shoppers, teenagers, well-heeled fashionistas, and solo moms with a cell phone in one hand and a pocketbook in the other. -- Best of Denver 2013
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rhiannon.l.m
rhiannon.l.m

Uhhh... South Broadway? Outside of 3 Kings is prime location.

Harvey
Harvey

The 16th Street Mall has The Dismal Tide.  In Summer, it's in full algal bloom.

GFTW
GFTW

969 Broadway

Nicole Mills
Nicole Mills

For once... a good morning read from Westword.

Denver Becca
Denver Becca

Seventh Circle Music Collective is pretty amusing on a busy night.

Louis Lieb
Louis Lieb

The Queen Soopers is, by far, the best.

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