There’s a lot of doing in Denver! The downside of visiting this vibrant Colorado city is making sure you have enough time to check out everything that entices you. Like so many amazing destinations, a wise way to get to know Denver is to let a local (or someone who knows the area really well) show you around. Friendly and proud to flaunt their hometown, plenty of Coloradoans aim to please out-of-towners as hosts of a variety of Denver tours are close by and around town.

So to help you make the most of your trip to Denver, we’ve come up with a list of different tours for different tastes. We’re certain it will spark ideas for discovering what makes this city such a fun place to visit.

Step Back in Time

Capital Building Denver Tours

A history tour is a great way to get your bearings when visiting Denver. But, make sure to book your tours in advance, since spots can fill up quickly. Once you’ve found the right history tour for you, all that’s left to do is find flights to Denver and you’re good to go! Whether exploring on foot with an in-depth look into the city’s Victorian architecture, getting to know a specific neighborhood with Denver History Tours, or taking a quirky ride through time with Banjo Billy in his “old school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack,” finding the right tour about any aspect of Denver’s history should be a breeze.

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Go for a Mile-High Munch

Restaurant Denver Tours

A mile-high munch across town is a delicious way to experience Denver. The Colorado capital has some of the state’s most historic eateries, best restaurants, and a rich variety of innovative kitchens and food trucks. There are plenty of food tours to choose from, and even some non-food related tours still provide ample eats for you while you move around town. But, one especially tasty choice is Secret Food Tours. This well-known establishment runs tours from Larimer Square in the historic yet trendy neighborhood of LoDo. On the tour, you’ll try house-made cranked sausage, learn about (and eat) indigenous and Mexican food, visit a James-Beard-Award-winning restaurant, and more.

Quench Your Craft Beer Thirst

Brewery Denver Tours

Colorado is world-renowned for making quality beer, and what’s brewing in Denver definitely lives up to the state’s reputation. Beer lovers will have a huge selection of which beers they want to drink, but also where and how to discover local brews. Your best bet is to block out some time with the Denver Microbrew Tour. This will offer the opportunity to learn about the breadth of the local brewing industry while getting to sample some of the city’s best craft beers. Tour options include A Historical Denver Craft Beer Experience, a Craft Beer and Street Art Converge in the RiNo Art District, or you can come up with your own theme for a custom-design tour.

Get Spooked Out!

Haunted House Denver Tours

Want to be haunted with fun memories of your time in Denver? Be sure to book a ghost tour! Otherworldy options abound, but here’s a look at two of the best. The Dark Side of Denver’s paranormal walking tours feature top-notch storytelling as you stroll through the town learning about its most famous ghost stories and eeriest historical facts. Consider an evening out with Nightly Spirits, whose popular haunted pub tours combine a ghost tour with a pub crawl while hitting the spookiest spots in town.

Take a Tuk-Tuk Ride

The Far East goes Wild West with this fun way to get around town. A tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled motorized rickshaw that offers a novel and convenient mode of open-air transportation, as well as easy access to sights and landmarks. Denver’s own eTuk Ride has a range of tuk-tuk tours of Denver, including the Ultimate Urban Denver City Tour, cocktail crawls, brewery tours, custom experiences, and more.

Get Out of Town!

Rocky Mountain National Park Denver Tours

Denver is the gateway to the Rockies. So, why not use your time here to experience some of nature’s nearby wonders? Some tours run excursions to Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver that take guests through small historic towns, across alpine passes, beside mountain lakes, and onto hikes along mountain trails. With your expert guide, there’s always a good chance you’ll spot some wildlife like moose, elk, deer, or eagles.

What’s your take on tours? Do you tend to go alone or follow a guide when you visit a destination? Tell us in the comments below!

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