Denver City Tours: 8 Great Options

Denver City Tours are the perfect choice for first-time visitors to the Mile High City. You'll get an overview of the city's history beginning as a Wild West silver boomtown and growing to a cutting-edge urban area. These tours serve as the perfect jumping-off point for the rest of your adventures during your stay in Denver.

Union Station on a Denver City Tour

Whether you like to explore on a comfortable coach bus, zippy motor scooter, bicycle, hillbilly shack (more on that below!), or your own two feet, you'll find a tour that fits your speed. Read on for our recommendations of some of Denver's best tours. 

1. Denver City Sightseeing Tour

City Hall in Denver

Tour type: Bus or minivan 

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Start time: 2 p.m.

Departs: Cherry Creek Shopping Center (or hotel pickup at Denver-area hotels), 3000 E. First Ave., Denver, CO 80206

Returns: Cherry Creek Shopping Center (no hotel drop-off) 

This is one of the Denver city tours where you'll learn about the city's history from a knowledgeable guide as a coach bus takes you by top attractions. See the gold-domed State Capitol, still-operational U.S. Mint, downtown financial district, and Denver Art Museum, which itself is an architectural work of art. 

You'll also visit the Capitol Hill neighborhood, featuring many Victorian mansions including that of famous Titanic survivor the "unsinkable" Molly Brown. Shopping districts on the tour include the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square, the city's oldest block that's now home to gourmet restaurants, upscale boutiques, and bars.

2. Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters

Red Chair Near Public Library

Tour type: Motor scooter

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Start times: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Departs:  Parking lot between the Colorado Convention Center (the Big Blue Bear statue) and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. This parking lot is also between the Hyatt Regency and the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown. 

Hop on a motor scooter for this fun tour that offers a unique perspective of the city. You'll learn about Denver's beginning in 1858 as a silver boomtown and hear tales about its founders, property disputes, architecture, urban planning, and ghosts. 

Highlights include Union Station, State Capitol, Cheesman Park, Reed Castle, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This is one of the Denver city tours that also visits interesting works of public art, such as the red-hued National Velvet sculpture. 

3. Denver City Tours: Best of the Mile High City

Voodoo Bakery

Tour type: Bus

Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours

Start times: Shorter tour Fridays at 5 p.m., comprehensive tour Sundays at 10 a.m. 

Departs: Front steps of Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202

Returns: Denver City Hall, 1144 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

This is one of the coach bus Denver city tours that covers the Mile High City from its colorful history to its current place as one of the country's fastest-growing cities. Unlike many Denver tours, this one includes food and beverage tasting along the way, so bring your appetite!

In addition to tasting some famous Voodoo Doughnuts, you'll get to sample offerings from some of the city's best food trucks and distilleries. Beverage tastings include mead, cocktails, and spirits. Bottoms up!

4. Denver History Tour

History Tour in Denver

Tour type: Walking

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Start time: 1 p.m.

Departs: The Pints Pub, 221 W. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80204

Returns: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO 80202

Hear fascinating tales of Denver's Wild West past as a mining camp, its establishment as the state capital, and its current place as a major metropolis. 

On this walking tour, you'll admire modern architecture such as the Denver Art Museum among historic buildings such as the State Capitol, where you'll climb its golden dome for a 360-degree view of the city (weekday tours only). Other attractions include 16th Street Mall, historic Union Station, and the lower downtown (LoDo) district where the city was established.

Private customized tours are also available. 

5. Denver Guided Bike & Brews Tour

Brewery Tour Thumbnail

Tour type: Bike

Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Start time: 1 p.m.

Departs/returns: Bicycle Doctor, 860 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

You'll see why the Denver area is called the Napa Valley of Beer during this five-mile bike tour. Denver alone has more than 50 breweries, and you'll get to sample some of its finest on your choice of either the Highlands tour or the Ballpark tour.

Highlands tour: Travel through Denver's LoHi area, which features historic buildings and city skyline views. Put your tastebuds to work at Ale House at Amato's, Prost Brewing Company, Denver Beer Co., and Avanti. 

Ballpark tour: Pass Coors Field and historic downtown warehouses that have been renovated into stores, lofts, and, most importantly, breweries. You'll get to try craft brews at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, and Wynkoop Brewing.

Beer isn't included in the cost of the tour.

6. Free Downtown Denver Walking Tour

Bridge Entrance Near Coors Field

Tour type: Walking

Duration: 2 hours

Start time: May 1 - Oct. 31, 10 a.m. every day; Nov. 1 - April 30, 10 a.m. Fridays through Sundays

Departs: Veterans Memorial in Civic Center Park, 1449 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203 (The free 16th Street Mall shuttle can return you here.)

Returns: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205

This Denver city tour hits many of the city's top attractions during a 1.8-mile walk (wheelchair and stroller accessible) in and around downtown Denver.

First on the itinerary is the neoclassical-style State Capitol. Then it's on to the public library, art museum, City and County Building, and U.S. Mint. Next up are the convention center, Performing Arts Complex, historic Larimer Square, Writer Square, 16th Street Mall, and the restored Union Station built in both Romanesque Revival and Beaux-Arts styles. The tour concludes at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.

7. Banjo Billy's Bus Tour

Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center

Tour type: Bus

Duration: 90 minutes 

Start times: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Departs/returns: Big Blue Bear statue at the Colorado Convention Center on 14th Street between Champa Street and Stout Street

The main attraction on a Banjo Billy's Bus Tour may just be the tour company's vehicle — a tricked-out, old school bus that looks like a hillbilly house on wheels. Once you get past that, sit back for an entertaining overview of Denver's evolution from mining town to modern metropolis.

On this Denver city tour, you'll hear tales about corruption, criminals, ghosts, and more. At tour's end, you'll know whether Denver's U.S. Mint has ever been robbed, why people in Victorian clothing can be found wandering Cheesman Park, and what is really the true story of Titanic survivor Molly Brown.

8. Denver Mountain Parks & City Combo Tour

Red Rocks

Tour type: Bus

Duration: 9 hours

Start time: 8:30 a.m.

Departs/returns: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E. First Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (or hotel pickup/drop-off at Denver-area hotels)

This full-day tour offers the best of both town and country: urban, sophisticated Denver and the natural beauty of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

This is one of the Denver city tours that cruises past the State Capitol, U.S. Mint, City Park, Denver Art Museum, and more. Outside of town, see the gorgeous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, named after its red sandstone monoliths. You'll also see wildlife in the Bear Creek Canyon area and then travel to Lookout Mountain where Buffalo Bill Cody's grave and museum are located. 

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