Denver City Tours

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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.

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. 

Union Station on a Denver City Tour

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1. Denver City Sightseeing Tour

City Hall in Denver

Tour type: Bus or minivan 

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Start time: 2 p.m.

Departs: Union Station and Other Locations

Returns: Union Station, Cherry Creek Shopping Center or Others

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.

>> Visit Viator to learn more and find availability for your upcoming stay

>> Find additional bus tours around Denver

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. 

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3. Denver City Overview Walking Tour

History Tour in Denver

Tour type: Walking

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Starting Location: Denver's Union Station

Ending Location: The Art Hotel, 1201 Broadway

Number three on my list of the best Denver City Tours is a walking tour that runs for around 3 hours. This tour starts and ends at Union Station and offers you a chance to get to know Denver's downtown area.

On this tour, you will learn all about how Denver turned from a small, low-key gold mining town into the thriving city you see today. Your tour starts at the historic Union Station, walks through both the Lower Downtown (LoDo) and downtown districts, past the State Capitol, and ends at The Art Hotel.

You will hear several stories along the way including information on events that took place here as well as the history of some of our most famous buildings. It covers about 2 miles at a slow pace.

Your tour ends at The Art Hotel, where you will grab a drink (included in your ticket) on the terrace.

>> Visit Viator to learn more and pick up your tickets for this fun, informative Denver tour

4. Bicycle Tour of Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver Biking Tour

Tour type: Bicycle

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Start time: Usually starts around 1pm

Start Location: Mile High Bike Tours, 2301 Champa St.

Jump on a three speed cruiser for a fun and informational ride around downtown Denver and its surrounding districts. Your small group (usually only 8 to 10 people) and you will ride from location to location. At each stop, you will learn more about Denver, its history and its thriving culture.

You'll ride about 9 miles in bike lanes on streets, bike paths, and through neighborhoods. All of them are relatively flat and you will cruise at a medium speed. This tour includes your bike with disc brakes and all other equipment you need for the ride.

This tour is seasonal, but runs from around April until late October.

>> Visit Viator to learn more and check for availability

5. Lower Downtown Denver Craft Beer Tour

Brewery Tour Thumbnail

Tour type: Walking

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Start time: 12pm and 3:15pm, mostly on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

You'll see why the Denver area is called the Napa Valley of Beer on this fun walking tour around the Lower Downtown (LoDo) area. In two and a half hours, you'll stop at four breweries and sample more 10 different types of beer. 

Your experienced beer guide will tell you about the history of the beer scene in Denver and why the Mile High City is now a destination for many beer lovers. You'll learn all about the brewing process and a little about the history of the LoDo area.

Your guide will also tell you about some hidden gems that you can try on your own after the tour. Your ticket includes tastings at each brewery along the way as well as a take home souvenir glass.

>> Visit Viator to learn more about this fun tour

>> Find additional brewery tours around the Mile High City

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: Front Steps of the State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax Ave, (The free 16th Street Mall shuttle can return you here.)

Returns: Union Station

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 Union Station, a historic gem that is now a downtown meeting place.

>> Visit their site to learn more and confirm your dates and starting location

>> Find additional free tours around Denver

7. Denver Graffiti Tour

Denver Graffiti Tour

Tour type: Walking

Duration: 2-hours

Start times: They usually offer a couple of tours in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays

Departs/returns: Leaves from 2314 Broadway and ends at 2669 Larimer St, which is about half a mile away

If you love street art and graffiti, then this is one of the best Denver city tours for you. You'll stroll through the River North (RiNo) District on this colorful walking tour.

During the tour, you will stop at between 20 and 30 pieces to learn more about them. You will also walk past more than 100 pieces. The guide is open to questions about all of them.

On this fascinating tour, you will learn more about the good and bad details of this quickly transitioning district. You will also hear all about graffiti and street art around Denver. You will never look at it in the same way again!

>> Visit Viator to learn more and check availability for your stay

8. Downtown Denver Food Tour

Downtown Denver Food Tour

Tour type: Walking

Duration: 3-hours

Start time: Usually runs once a day at 1 pm

Departs/returns: Departs at Marco's Coal Fired | Ballpark, 2129 Larimer St and ends at 1800 Wazee Street

You will stop by six restaurants and sample several dishes on one of my favorite Denver city tours. You tasting begins at Marco's Coal Fired | Ballpark where you will savor some of their Neapolitan pizzas handmade with ingredients from Italy.

You will then make your way through the downtown area to sample items such as gourmet hot dogs, fresh sheep milk cheese, and others. You will also stop by a restaurant with a James Beard award-winning chef. 

As you walk from one location to the next, you will learn a little about Denver's history and some of its landmarks. 

>> Visit Viator to learn more and to check for availability during your visit

>> Find additional food tours in and around Denver


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