These walking tours of Denver are the best way to learn about the Mile High City. For that reason, we've rounded up some of the best for you to enjoy during your visit.
If you're traveling with your family or a small group, register for a Wacky Walk. This fun exploration is structured like a game to teach you all about Denver. Solo travelers may want to take a self-guided audio tour of LoDo or the State Capitol/Civic Center area. History buffs will find several informative walking tours lead by expert historians.
Denver is waiting for you to discover it, so pack your comfy walking shoes and get ready to hit the pavement!
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Duration: 2 hours
Start time: May 1 - Oct. 31, 10 a.m. everyday; Nov. 1 - April 30, 10 a.m. Fridays through Sundays
Departs: Veterans Memorial in Civic Center Park, 1449 Lincoln St. (The free 16th Street Mall shuttle can return you here.)
Returns: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St.
In just two hours, you'll see many of the city's top destinations. This 1.8-mile walk (wheelchair and stroller accessible) is one of the walking tours in Denver that covers ground in and around downtown.
Get your cameras ready for the first stop — the State Capitol with its gold leaf dome. Next up are the public library, ultramodern Denver Art Museum, City and County Building, and still-operational U.S. Mint. You'll also see the Denver Performing Arts Complex, historic Larimer Square, Writer Square, 16th Street shopping mall, and the renovated 1894 Union Station. The tour ends at Coors Field where the Colorado Rockies baseball team plays.
Duration: 4 hours
Starts: Lower Downtown (LoDo)
Check out two of Denver's hottest districts on this four-hour walking tour. Lower Downtown (often called LoDo) is a historic district near Coors Field. It's full of interesting architecture and stories. You will learn about its hidden gems, the best places to grab a drink, and it's interesting past.
You will also spend part of your tour in the up-and-coming district of River North (RiNo). This old warehouse district is lined with breweries and colorful street art. You will also learn all about this district and how it went from a little visited area to one of the hottest districts.
This tour also includes a sample at one of Denver's hottest breweries as well as lunch.
Duration: 2 hours
Starts: 2314 Broadway and finishes at 2669 Larimer St.
The River North (RiNo District) has turned into a colorful district with dozens of new street art and graffiti work on its buildings. On this two hour tour, you will learn all about these pieces and how this district attracted so many beautiful pieces of art.
During the tour, you will stop at between 20 to 30 pieces to learn more about them. Along the way, you will also see around 100 pieces. Your knowledgeable guide is open to answer questions about any of them.
It's a wonderful way to learn more about the graffiti art scene in Denver. You will never look at these pieces in the same way again!
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Starting Location: Denver Union Station
The Lower Downtown (LoDo) district is one on the oldest in Denver. On this quick guided tour, you will learn all about it.
You will hear stories all the way back from when Denver was a small gold mining town. You'll walk past and learn about some of its gorgeous historic buildings. You will also learn about the revitalization of this district and how it became so trendy.
Your guide will also give you some suggestions on where to eat and drink after the tour.
You will stop at places such as Larimer Square, Coors Field, and the Oxford Hotel.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Start time: 1 p.m.
Departs: The Pints Pub, 221 W. 13th Ave.
Returns: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.
This walking tour in Denver takes you back in time to the days of the Wild West. You'll hear about the frontier town's founders and how they influenced the city's transformation into the state capitol and major city that it is today.
On your walk, you'll see both the old and new, from where the city was founded in 1858 in the LoDo district to the 21st-century Denver Art Museum. Other historic buildings en route include the gold-domed State Capitol and the beautifully restored Union Station.
You can also arrange a custom private tour.
Duration: 2 hours
Start time: 6 p.m., Various Dates
Departs: Third Avenue at Odgen Street
If you are looking for unique walking tours of Denver, register for the Colorado Free University class titled "Wandering the Streets of Denver: Denver's Nooks & Crannies." On Tuesdays, this class ventures out to explore some of Denver's distinctive and diverse neighborhoods.
With master historian Phil Goodstein as your guide, you'll discover the beautiful churches, schools, and homes of a different neighborhood each week. Goodstein will also expose Denver's secrets, scandals, and gossip in this informative and entertaining look at the city.