Urban Denver Tours: Sightseeing and Unique Experiences

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Denver is a city like no other, so it makes sense that it offers some truly unique touring options, from old-school trolley trips to zippy scooter excursions to walking tours with a twist. No matter how you want to explore The Mile High City, there’s a tour for you! 

SCOOTOURS DENVER 

Tour Denver on a Vespa-style scooter! You’ll start with a training session to learn how to ride, then head out on a two-hour guided tour. Each tour starts at the Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center — Denver’s favorite piece of public art. From there, you’ll cover several miles, stopping at some of the city’s most popular tourist locations like Coors Field, Denver Union Station, the Colorado State Capitol and the Molly Brown House Museum, and cruising through the Lower Downtown, Highlands, Cherry Creek and Washington Park neighborhoods. Along the way, you’ll learn about Denver’s history, architecture, art and more. After the tour, you can rent a scooter to keep exploring The Mile Hight City on your own. No motorcycle experience is necessary. 

DENVER TROLLEY 

Denver once had an extensive electric-rail system that covered the city and connected it with nearby Golden and Boulder. Trolley service was discontinued in 1950, but you can experience a little piece of history on Car No. 25, Denver’s last remaining electric railway car. The Denver Trolley travels on the rails along the west bank of the South Platte River from Confluence Park (behind REI) to lower Colfax Avenue, stopping along the way at the Downtown Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus and the Broncos Bridge across from Empower Field at Mile High. A round-trip ride takes about 25 minutes and includes narration about Denver’s history. The Denver Trolley runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. All aboard! 

ASPIRE TOURS

From urban walking tours to mountain drives and hikes, Aspire Tours’ full- and half-day excursions are the perfect introduction to Denver and the surrounding area. Aspire also offers full-day private tours to Mount Evans and Pikes Peak/Garden of the Gods.

Denver City Overview Tour
Explore The Mile High City on foot with the Denver City Overview Tour. One of Aspire’s local guides will tell you the story of Denver as they lead you to popular tourist spots and local haunts. Each three-hour walking tour starts at the refurbished Denver Union Station and ends with happy hour on the terrace at The Art Hotel (first drink included). 

Denver Foothills Explorer
This four-hour driving tour departs daily from Denver Union Station for Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the nation’s most iconic outdoor concert venues. From there, you’ll visit nearby Evergreen for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at a local winery and some souvenir shopping. Finally, stand atop Lookout Mountain for breathtaking views and photo ops.

Afternoon Rocky Mountain Escape
Escape to the Rocky Mountains for an afternoon spent driving along scenic mountain roads. Your driver and guide will stop along the way, letting you explore riverbanks and aspen stands and taking photos of mountain panoramas. End the day with a beer at a local brewery.

4 O’Clock Nature Hike
End your day with a guided afternoon hike on a nearby trail. Your guide will point out local flora and fauna, as well as geologic formations like those of Red Rocks. Not sure you’re up for scaling a mountain? Don’t worry — Aspire offers different trail options to accommodate varying fitness levels.

Rocky Mountain National Park Tour
Spend the day in Denver’s closest national park! This eight-hour excursion begins with a drive along the Front Range through Boulder, where you’ll have a chance to admire the famous Flatirons rock formations. Continue into Rocky Mountain National Park, where your guide will take you to the best spots for wildlife viewing, photographs, walks or optional short hikes. A tasty picnic lunch in the park is included in the cost of the tour.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking/Snowshoeing
Begin your full-day tour at Denver Union Station and drive along the Front Range to the park. There, you’ll embark with a local guide on a four-mile hike or snowshoe among alpine lakes and mountain vistas. Keep a lookout for wildlife, like elk, bighorn sheep, birds of prey and more. The moderate trail involves an elevation gain of about 800 feet. Picnic lunch included.

Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
This eight-hour, small-group tour includes a stop at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert venue in neighboring Morrison, Colo. From Red Rocks, you’ll drive over the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass. Finally, you’ll arrive in Breckenridge, one of the state’s most beloved mountain resorts. Take a free gondola ride up the mountain, stroll through the charming streets of town, take a short, easy hike to the famous Breckenridge troll sculpture, or go sledding. Enjoy a meal at one of the town’s renowned restaurants before heading back to Denver.

Boulder Hike & Beer
Less than an hour north of Denver, Boulder is well worth a visit while you’re in town. Aspire makes it easy with a four-hour tour that picks up at Denver Union Station and includes two of the things Boulder locals love most: hiking and craft beer. Take a three-hour guided hike at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills underneath the iconic Flatirons, then enjoy a cold beer (or a warm cup of coffee) on the historic Pearl Street Mall. Your first drink is on the house!

DENVER LOCAL TOURS

See the sights of Lower Downtown (LoDo), Denver’s oldest neighborhood, on these easy walking tours.

LoDo Photo Tour
Explore Denver on foot and stop at some of the city’s most photo-worthy landmarks, including architecture, public art and natural wonders. Along the way, your Experience Creator (aka tour guide) will offer unique insights into Denver’s history and culture. The tour includes admission to Denver’s Selfie Museum, where you’ll capture fun photos, selfies and videos. After the tour, you will receive 10-15 high-resolution photos of your best moments along the tour. Do it for the ‘gram! 

LoDo Walking Tour
An experienced local guide will take you to major LoDo landmarks like Union Station, Coors Field, Larimer Square and the Oxford Hotel. They’ll also give you a crash course in Denver’s history and point out local hot spots so you know where to eat and drink afterward. There’s even the option to stop at a marijuana dispensary/grow operation. 

DENVER PEDICABS

See the sights of Denver from a private pedicab. These unique 1.5-hour tours take guests to 10 of Denver’s best photo locations: Blue Bear, Union Station, Larimer Square, Coors Field and many more. Your guide (the person doing all the pedaling) will take high-quality photos at each stop and email you the pictures after the tour. Each bike includes a canopy to keep you shady and dry and you’ll be able to listen to tunes while you cruise!

GRAY LINE OF DENVER

With more than 100 years of tour experience, Gray Line provides comfortable bus tours of Denver and the Rocky Mountain region.

Denver City Highlights Tour
This three-hour bus tour hits all the highlights of The Mile High City, from the gold-domed Colorado State Capitol the Victorian mansions of Denver’s historic neighborhoods, including that of the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, one of the survivors of the “Titanic.”

Denver Mountain Parks Tour
Denver doesn’t stop at the city limits. This four-hour bus tour will introduce you to Denver’s mountain parks, including Bear Creek Canyon, Lookout Mountain (with a stop at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave) and Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, home to 250-million-year-old red sandstone rock formations and the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert venue.

Denver Mountain Parks & City Tour Combo
City or mountains? With this full-day bus tour, you don’t have a choose! Start the day with a mountain drive to Red Rocks Park, Bear Creek Canyon and Lookout Mountain. Then enjoy time for lunch and shopping at Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North. Hop back on the bus for an afternoon of city sightseeing, including the State Capitol, historic Larimer Square, the U.S. Mint and more.

DENVER WALKING TOURS

Lace up your sneakers and hoof it with Denver Walking Tours. Kids are welcome on all tours, but this operator also offers youth-focused tours for ages 3-18!

Free Denver Walking Tour
See The Mile High City for free on this easy 2.5-hour walking tour to the city’s top spots. You’ll cover about 1.7 miles of flat, paved sidewalks as you visit and learn the history of the Colorado State Capitol, Larimer Square, 16th Street Mall, the U.S. Mint, Denver Union Station and more. After the tour, take the free 16th Street Mall Ride from Union Station back to your starting location at the State Capitol, or continue to explore on your own!

Early Evening “Mini” Tours
Wrap up your day in Denver with one of these quick (60-75 minute) walking tours. Choose from the Discover Downtown Denver Tour, the Mile High Highlights Tour (downtown and Civic Center areas) or the Denver Hot Spots + History Tour (downtown and 16th Street Mall areas). Each tour covers just over a mile of flat, easy walking and ends just in time for dinner!

Denver Art Unplugged Tours
Did you know that Denver is home to more than 400 pieces of public art? See some of the city’s favorite outdoor artworks on this easy, two-hour private walking tour. The tour is customizable to your interests, but some highlights include “The Yearling” (a life-size horse atop a giant red chair), “Big Sweep” (an enormous broom and dustpan) and “I See What You Mean,” more often referred to as the Big Blue Bear, a 40-foot-tall blue bear peeking into the Colorado Convention Center.

Holiday Lights & Sights Walking Tour
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for a walking tour of Denver’s holiday delights. During November and December, you can stroll through the illuminated city and visit favorite holiday spots like the Denver City & County Building, the 16th Street Mall, the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, the Denver Christkindl Market, Larimer Square, Denver Union Station and more. This easy walking tour lasts about 90 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles.