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!
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: 2 hours minimum
Start time: Flexible
Rocky Mountain Audio Tours offer you walking tours of Denver so you can explore on your own. You can access their tours via cell phone, MP3 downloads, or CD. Choose self-guided walking tours of either the historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) or Capitol/Civic Center areas (or a combined tour of both).
The award-winning LoDo tour covers about 2.25 miles beginning at Union Station. Attractions included Larimer Square, Oxford Hotel, Daniels & Fisher Tower, Market Street, Coors Field, Writer Square, and Sakura Square.
The Capitol/Civic Center tour stops at the State Capitol, U.S. Mint, City and County Building, Denver Firefighters Museum, Brown Palace Hotel, Civic Center Park, and Byers-Evans House.
Duration: 90 minutes
Start times: 10:30 a.m. and later (Mondays, Wednesdays - Saturdays)
Historic Denver, a nonprofit urban preservation organization, offers three walking tours of Denver: LoDo, Capitol Hill, and Larimer Square. Each lasts 90 minutes and covers about a mile.
LoDo tour: Discover lower downtown Denver, historic warehouses, and the renovated Union Station (where the tour starts and ends).
Capitol Hill tour: Explore the charming Victorian mansions of the Capitol Hill neighborhood including Titanic survivor Molly Brown's home (where the tour starts and ends). You'll also see a historic floral greenhouse.
Larimer Square tour: Beginning at the Kettle Arcade, learn about the area where Denver was founded. What was once a skid row has been restored and preserved. The tour ends at the landmark Daniels & Fisher Tower, where you'll experience a great view of the city.
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Start times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Thursdays - Mondays
Departs/returns: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
Wacky Walks is a fun, interactive game that teaches you about Denver. As you and your group explore the downtown streets, you'll receive clues about the city via a smartphone. If you get lost or stuck on a riddle, a guide is available via phone or chat.
The walk starts and ends at McNichols Civic Center Building. From there, you'll explore downtown attractions such as the Denver Art Museum, Hard Rock Cafe, and different historical buildings.
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.