We have smart parking meters in Denver, specifically in Downtown Denver; they will be coming to Cherry Creek soon.
Why are they so smart? They take credit/debit cards! Yes they do, and they are really easy to use.
Let me give you an important TIP: If you are going to have a day hopping all over downtown moving from meter to meter, or that you continue to pay your dollar per hour at the same meter, keep in mind that your credit/debit card may have a usage limit. I’m not talking about a dollar amount I’m talking about how many times you can use it in one day. I learned this the hard way. My card had a 9 time limit per day to help prevent thieves from spending all the money in the account. This was funny the day when I first parked at 8 AM, I ate twice, feed the meter 6 times, purchased a ticket, and when I was going to buy desert after having a great day, the card was declined because I used it too many times. So, be warned! Maybe take an extra card if you don’t plan on taking change.
Remember: Parking on Sunday’s at marked meters downtown are free and every Sunday all of the parking in Cherry Creek is free.