The 15 Best Denver Tours

Get adventurous in the Mile High City on these top tours.

U.S. News & World Report

The 15 Best Denver Tours

Best Denver Tours

With many sights to see, taking a guided tour of Denver is a great way to maximize your time.Getty Images

Note: Some tour providers on this list may have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.

There's much more to Denver than its local outdoor pursuits. The city offers everything from a rich history to fantastic mountain vistas to craft breweries to plentiful street art. Discover the best of the Mile High City on a guided tour, which take visitors by bus, Segway, bike or on foot to see Denver like a local. After consulting both expert input and traveler sentiment, U.S. News picked the best 15 tours to add to your itinerary.

Mile High Bike Tours – Bike and Brew Tour

On this three-hour bike tour, travelers see top sights in Denver, including Union Station, Coors Field and local street art in the River North (RiNo) district. Along the way, the guide will point out different Denver breweries you should try and will take you to their favorite one at the conclusion of the ride. Participants say the tour is a great way to spend an afternoon and praise their guides' knowledge of the city (and their choice of brewery). Tickets start at $50, including the use of a bike and a helmet as well as a bottle of water. Beer and food at the brewery stop are not included in the cost of the tour. Participants must be 21 to drink alcohol, but kids 11 and older are welcome to attend with an adult. Tours, which are limited to eight riders, start daily at either 1 or 2 p.m., depending on the season. Mile High Bike Tours also operates a few other bike tours, including one that explores the city at twilight.

Rocky Top Glide

Choose from a 1 1/2- or two-hour Segway tour of Denver with Rocky Top Glide. As you ride on your motorized two-wheel vehicle, you'll whiz by Lower Downtown (LoDo), the Denver Art Museum and Confluence Park, among other top sights, with a seasoned guide by your side. Tourgoers describe the experience as fun and say they enjoy seeing the sights. They also comment that the Segways are easy to ride. Tickets start at $55 per person for participants 10 and older; children younger than 10 may not join the tour. Tours run daily at 10 a.m. and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Keep in mind: Weight restrictions may apply.

Delicious Denver Food Tours – Downtown Food Tour

Reviewers say the treats sampled along this tour are delicious and varied. Foodies also commend their insightful guides. For approximately three hours, guides will take curious travelers to different local restaurants for six tastings that could include pizza, hot dogs, meats and cheeses. In between stops, you'll walk through downtown Denver and hear stories about the city's history and architecture. Tickets start at $60 for adults and $45 children 11 and younger. Adults have the option of purchasing three drink pairings for an additional fee. Tours, which require less than a mile of walking and are limited to 14 people, operate daily at 1 p.m. The company also runs beer and cocktail-themed tours of Denver.

Historic Denver – Capitol Hill Walking Tour

See one of the most historic areas of Denver on this guided walking tour that's limited to just 10 participants. Knowledgeable docents take you through the Capitol Hill neighborhood to see 19th-century mansions that were once the residences of prominent citizens like senators and heiresses, as well as the home of Molly Brown, an American philanthropist best known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Travelers recommend this tour, and particularly enjoy learning about local history from the expert guides. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and requires about a mile of walking. Tickets start at $18 per person. Trips are offered once daily (in either late morning or early afternoon) multiple days a week from May through October only. The tour is not recommended for children due to its content and length. Historic Denver offers additional walking tours of LoDo and Larimer Square, among other options.

Denver Brew Tours – Walking Tour

Sample some of the city's best local brews and enjoy a peek into the beer-making process on this guided walking tour of Denver's Lower Highland (LoHi) and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Reviewers say their guides are friendly and easy to work with and that the walk between the three breweries you'll visit is short. Participants also appreciate the delicious beer. Tickets for the walking tour start at $39 for weekday trips and $49 for weekend excursions. Tours, which include beer tastings, start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The company also offers a brewery bus tour that you can customize to your preferences.

If you're traveling with children, a whitewater trip with AVA Rafting & Zipline could be the perfect outdoor adventure for the family.(Courtesy of AVA Rafting & Zipline)

AVA Rafting & Zipline – Scenic Float Half Day

Make your way down 5 miles of the Colorado River and its Class II rapids on this half-day tour. Class II rapids are relatively easygoing and require minimal maneuvering. The trip promises a relaxing pace with lots of time to swim and sunbathe. Reviewers say it's the perfect family outing and describe guides as fun. Tickets start at $59 for participants 13 and older and $29 for ages 2 to 12. Infants younger than 2 years old are not permitted. Tours are available mid-May through the end of October at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. The company runs more challenging rafting trips, among other adventurous options.

Colorado Segway Tours – Denver Segway Tour

Cover 8 miles of Denver in just two hours on this Segway tour. The trip takes riders past top attractions, such as the U.S. Mint, historic downtown, the Cherry Creek paths and more. Tourgoers report see a lot of Denver and feel very comfortable riding the Segways. Tickets cost around $75 per person; reservations must be made in advance. The fee includes the use of Segways and helmets (which are mandatory to wear). Participants must be at least 14 years old and weigh between 100 and 260 pounds. The company also offers Segway tours in Boulder, Colorado.

Dark Side of Denver Ghost Tours

Guides share the eerie history of Denver as they take you to some purportedly haunted sites on this two-hour ghost tour. The tour focuses on the LoDo neighborhood's shops and top attractions. You'll even get to explore the city's creepy underground tunnels. While travelers enjoy the sights seen on the tour, they particularly enjoy the guides. Reviewers describe tour leaders as funny, energetic and well-informed. Tickets cost approximately $20 for all ages, though the company notes some topics may not be appropriate for those younger than 13. Tours run Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Dark Side of Denver also runs private outings and tours of Capital Hill and Cheeseman Park.

Gray Line Denver – City Highlights Tour

Tourgoers say this three-hour trip provides a great overview of Denver and praise the itinerary for including plenty of photo stops. As you travel in a comfortable bus, you'll see the 16th Street Mall, the Colorado State Capitol, Larimer Square, the Denver Art Museum and other top spots. Along the way, friendly tour guides share information about the city. Tickets start at $40 per person. Gray Line operates other tours in Denver, including one that takes travelers to Red Rocks Park.

Denver Graffiti Tour – Original Mural Tour

Wander through the RiNo district of Denver, known for its street art and murals, on this two-hour guided walk. The trip concludes at the Denver Central Market where travelers can enjoy a bite to eat. This tour teaches travelers about Denver's street art, culture and history, say reviewers, who also laud their guides' energy and expertise. The tour is available Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., and tickets cost approximately $30 per person. The company also offers a Wine + Walls tour, which includes a stop at a local bar.

Rocky Mountain National Park shouldn't be missed when traveling to Denver and it makes a great daytrip option.Getty Images

Aspire Tours – Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

Spend a full day inside Rocky Mountain National Park on this eight-hour guided excursion. After departing from Union Station at 9 a.m., you'll drive through Boulder and up to Estes Park before entering the national park. Along the way, you'll be treated to stunning alpine views from the 14-passenger van's panoramic windows. The trip includes opportunities for short hikes, wildlife viewing and photo-ops along with a picnic lunch. Reviewers describe this tour as the best part of their Denver trip and say the memories will last a lifetime. They particularly appreciate the ample photo opportunities and their well-versed guides. Tickets start at $129 per person and participants must be 8 or older. Tours are available daily. Aspire Tours also operates a daylong hiking tour of Rocky Mountain National Park, a fly-fishing tour and whitewater rafting, among other adventures.

Banjo Billy Bus Tours – Denver History Tour

Learn about the seedier side of Denver from ghosts to criminals, including the "real" story of Titanic survivor Molly Brown, on this unusual 90-minute tour. The former school buses, which each seat 25 people, have been redesigned to include couches, recliners and saddles for seating. Tourgoers describe this trip as eclectic and funky with entertaining guides. Others say the seats are uncomfortable and the information isn't interesting. Tours run Friday through Sunday (with extra days added in the summer) at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $24 for adults and $17 for ages 6 to 12; children younger than 6 ride for free. Banjo Billy also run ghost and brewery tours on its bus.

Denver Walking Tours – Free Walking Tour

On this roughly two-hour, 2-mile walking tour, guides lead you around the city to see highlights like the Denver Art Museum, the U.S. Mint, the 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square and other popular sights. Reviewers recommend this tour, saying they learn a lot, that guides are great and that the tour maintains a manageable pace. Tours depart daily at 10 a.m. May through October. From November through April, tours are only available on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. While the tour is free, the company does ask that you tip your guide what you feel the tour is worth. Denver Walking Tours also offers ticketed art tours, ghost tours and more.

Colorado Sightseer – Red Rocks, Evergreen, Echo Lake

Travelers recommend this tour for visitors who want a taste of Colorado's wild side or for those who are short on time, as the tour visits plenty of sites in a short time. In five hours, you'll visit Red Rocks Park, Echo Lake, the charming town of Evergreen and much more as you marvel at spectacular mountain vistas along the way. Tickets cost approximately $65 per person with tours available daily at 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The company offers several outdoor tours near Denver, including trips to Rocky Mountain National Park and a gold rush tour.

Denver Local Tours – LoDo Walking Tour

Discover the best spots to eat and drink on this 90-minute guided walking tour of Denver's oldest neighborhood, LoDo. While walking about 1 1/2 miles, travelers learn about the city's history, passing top sights like Union Station, Coors Field, the 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square. Participants say the guide is friendly and the tour gives a good overview of local spots to visit later on your own. Tickets cost approximately $20 for those 17 and older, $10 for children ages 9 to 16 and are free for children 8 and younger. Tours begin at 11 a.m. daily. The company also runs a photo tour and a culinary tour in LoDo, among other tour options.

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