Denver is the capital of the U.S. state of Colorado, and with its rapidly growing population, it is also one of the biggest cities. Denver is known for hosting sophistication coupled with adventures and cultural charm.
Denver is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown.
It features a number of attractions for tourists as well as locals, such as breweries, dining and music scenes. Most importantly, it lies in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, which have been the center of attention of many tourists for generations.
Here we explore best tours in Denver.
1. Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure Tour
Conquer your fears and head out to the Rocky Mountains for a thrilling zipline adventure that will take you speeding over the lush pine forests and meadows that this area of the U.S. is known for.
The 3-hour tour will ensure mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains and the thrill of ziplining in the fresh air will definitely be a memorable one.
Grab all the provided safety equipment and ride down over 6,000 feet, amidst beautiful mountains, with the assistance of guides. Refresh yourself with drinks and snacks.
2. Rocky Mountain National Park Tour From Denver
This tour will take you through the “Mile High City” all the way to the Rocky Mountains, for a refreshing experience that you won’t want to miss.
The 8-hour tour will serve as a breather away from the city life, and give you an up-close experience with nature and wildlife, including bears and elks. Hikes on the Rocky Mountain trails are extremely refreshing and give you an exhilarating experience.
Enjoy the guidance of a professional guide/driver as you explore the Rocky Mountains and make small stops for enjoying lunch and going on hikes.
3. 1.5 Hour LoDo (Lower Downtown) Walking Tour
Take a walk through the lower downtown, or “LoDo” as the locals call it, which is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods.
Our tour kicks off at the Union Station flagpole. We begin the tour by discussing the iconic Union Station and its significance to the survival of Denver as a city. Over the next hour we walk a 1.5 mile loop around LoDo where we share stories of Hop Alley (Denver’s first Chinatown), visit Mattie Silks House of Mirrors (the most famous bordello of its time), visit the oldest operating hotel in Denver, and learn about the underground tunnel system that runs beneath the city.
The Dairy Block
16th St Mall
(Optional and Free of Charge) – Dispensary/grow operation! Hey, you’re in Denver after all!
We end the tour back at Union Station aka the living room of Denver. Your local guide is here to help you make the most out of your time in Denver so don’t hesitate to ask any questions.
Taking an hour-long walk through the neighborhood, where you will find a lot of scrumptious food at local restaurants and get the opportunity to visit the area’s major landmarks, as a local guide tells you all about its history and present.
The walk will take you to the iconic Union Station and all the local hot spots, with the guide’s expert advice on what to eat, as well as the oldest operating hotel in LoDo.
4. Foothills Explorer Tour
Witness some of the best sights that Colorado has to offer in the Denver Foothills, on this tour that will take you through the scenic site and beautiful scenery.
The 4-hour tour will give you the best possible views of the picturesque scenery of the foothills and show you all the highlights, such as Red Rocks Amphitheater, Lookout Mountain and the scenic Lariat Loop.
Enjoy the tour with a local guide, as you explore the small towns along the way and get a magnificent view of all your surroundings. You will be able to make small stops for food and drink at local diners and go for strolls for a better view of the lush scenery.
5. Lower Downtown Scavenger Hunt Adventure
An exciting adventure that will not only indulge you in a challenging scavenger hunt but also impart a great deal of knowledge as it takes you around some of the most important and historic hubs of the area.
The 2-hour hunt is basically a walking tour guided by your smartphone that begins at a historic building but takes you around the town, as you learn more and more about the history and facts of the area.
Follow the well-designed course on an exciting yet informative journey through the lower downtown, including important stops such as Coors Field, Confluence Park, Union Station, and many other historic sites.
6. Denver City Sightseeing Tour
Drive through Denver to visit all of the city’s hotspots on a tour that ensures that you get to see the best of Denver.
The 3-hour tour will take you to all the must-see attractions in Denver, including the United States Mint, Denver Art Museum, Larimer Square and many others. Hear all about the rich history of Denver as you witness the beautiful sights of the city.
Enjoy the comfortable ride around the city as the guide talks you through the tour, making small stops for taking a closer look at your stunning surroundings and seeing Denver at its best.
7. Haunted Denver Evening Pub Tour
Spice up your evening with this spooky tour that takes you through four of Denver’s Pubs that are supposedly haunted, some of them located in the oldest and darkest areas of Denver.
Along the 3-hour pub crawl, grab a couple of drinks and listen to all the tales of the pubs’ hauntings and ghost sightings from the guide, along with the people at the pub themselves.
The tour gives you a taste of an entirely different side of Denver, one that is different from its beautiful landscapes and historic richness.
8. Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
The Breckenridge Mountain gives you views of absolutely breathtaking scenery and features a wide variety of activities to indulge in.
This 8-hour tour takes you on an exhilarating adventure along the mountains that will give you breathtaking panoramic views of the landscapes around you, as you go from Red Rocks Amphitheater, around the town, and then finally towards Breckenridge, located at the base of Rockies.
Enjoy live commentary on board throughout the tour and make stops for various activities such as tubing, sledding, gondola rides or even shopping and much more.
9. Lower Downtown Denver Craft Beer Tour
Go on a pub crawl and find out why Denver has come to be known as the “Napa Valley of Craft beer”. Explore the pubs of lower downtown and taste various samples of local craft beer.
Along the journey, you will visit four of Denver’s best breweries and learn about the city’s history of becoming a craft brewing destination, as well as finding out about the process and types of brews. And at the end of the day, you also get to take home souvenir taster glasses.
10. Personal Travel And Vacation Photography Tour
Forget the hassle of taking selfies with the fear of missing out on the real essence of your tour. Have a professional photographer capture your candid moments during your trip, so you can focus on enjoying the moment.
You’ll have the liberty of choosing your own custom tour route. The professional photographer, with ample knowledge of the local areas, will know the best angles and backgrounds for your photos, to capture the perfect sights and sites.
11. 25-Mile Colorado Canyon Test Drive In A Luxury Supercar
Take the wheel behind a luxury supercar and speed through the 25-mile Colorado Canyon, on an exhilarating test drive that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Experience the acceleration and steering power of some of the world’s most luxurious cars as you drive the winding roads of the canyon with over 200 hair-pin turns.
This 45-minute drive is any vehicle lover’s dream come true, and the presence of a professional on the other side of a walkie talkie is a great convenience in case of any trouble.
12. Boulder Flatirons Explorer
Take small group tour and explore the Rocky Mountain Foothills, Boulder Flatirons and many other highlights of the area.
The four-hour tour not only shows you around the historic sites, but also gives you information about its rich history. Take breaks along the way for a stroll, to explore the small stores and malls, or just to stop and appreciate your surroundings.
13. Downtown Denver Food Tour
Satisfy the foodie in you, as you take this tour to some of the best restaurants in Denver and enjoy the wide variety of cuisines and the rich culinary heritage of the city.
The 3-hour tour is a complete food guide for Denver that takes you to seven different stops, allowing you to taste anything you wish, giving a closer insight on the area’s history and culture through the food as well as through a local guide.
Enjoy this small group tour as you walk from restaurant to restaurant, tasting delightful dishes and light refreshments in between to keep your energy up.
14. Urban Adventure Quest
This is another smartphone-based scavenger hunt in Denver that helps you explore the city via the entirely different experience of a challenging quest.
The 3-hour tour turns to explore Denver into a game that makes it all the more interesting. The smartphone tour not only takes you around Denver but also teaches you more about all of its rich history and culture.
Discover Denver at your own pace and see the sights at your own pace along the course of the scavenger hunt.
15. Scenic Mt. Evans Tour
Explore the hills on this tour that will take you to the mesmerizing peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Witness the stunning beauty of the surrounding landscapes as your local guide tells you all about the area.
The 7-hour tour will take you up to Mount Evans where you can see not only nature’s beauty but also a variety of wildlife, such as bison and the bighorn sheep, along with small historic mining towns.
Take a day away from the city noise and find yourself enjoying the peace of nature amidst mountain peaks and historic sites, with breaks for lunch.
16. Red Rocks, Evergreen, Echo Lake Year Round
Explore Colorado’s natural playgrounds just a short drive from downtown Denver. Escape the city and head for the Rockies with a guide and driver to handle the road, so you can focus on the stunning scenery of Mt. Evans, Bear Creek Canyon, and Squaw Pass.
Get a taste of mountain culture in the charming town of Evergreen, check out the dramatic formations of Red Rocks, and hike around serene Echo Lake on this half-day mountain sampler.
Enjoy picturesque Bear Creek Canyon on your way to Historic Downtown Evergreen. This fun mountain town is full of local artisan shops, a wild west saloon, winery, and the cutest coffee shops. Stop for a quick drink and to look around this quaint town with a colorful past.
Travel up Squaw Pass where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains along this Scenic Byway. You will reach the beautiful Echo Lake, a glacial lake sitting at 10,600 ft at the base of Mt. Evans. Enjoy a stroll around the lake and take in the fresh mountain air and scenery.
17. Mile High Culture Pass
Explore the Mile High City’s cultural highlights at your own pace with this flexible pass that allows you to visit seven of Denver’s museums and attractions within a 3-day span.
The pass is activated upon use at the first attraction and you can visit each place once. You can also unlock other deals—like half off Denver’s bike sharing program for the day—by downloading the mobile pass to your phone.