Denver History and Highlights Walking Tour

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Highlights of Denver Small Group Tour

From $40.30

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Folks have been drawn to Denver for over a century -- find out why on this downtown adventure exploring the Queen City of the Plain’s rich past, glinting with the promise of gold and other “riches” of the Rocky Mountains. Join our team of local guides a mile high up and take in the fascinating stories, beautiful architecture, and modern food-and-drink scene on this orientation tour of Colorado’s capital city.
  • Explore the best of downtown Denver with a guide and small group
  • Hear the tales behind historic buildings, speakeasies, and eye-catching sculptures
  • From well-known destinations to hidden gems, both historic and contemporary.
  • Admire Brown Palace and its unique architecture, while also learning about its story
  • Eco-friendly tour by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company

What's Included

  • Get a deeper understanding of Denver by exploring with a local guide
  • Step into the historic Brown Palace Hotel and admire its unique architecture
  • Explore the trendy Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood on foot
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Gratuities/tips for your guide
  • Food, Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Colorado Veterans Monument
    1449 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203, USA

    1449 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203 (Colorado Veterans Monument in Lincoln Memorial Park, on the west facing side of Capitol Building, between Lincoln Street and North Broadway)

End point

  • Union Station
    Union Station, Denver, CO 80202, USA

    Union Station 1701 Wynkoop

What To Expect

Colorado State Capitol

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Larimer Square

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Union Station

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • ​This is a WALKING TOUR - Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can walk in. Walking may be difficult in snowy or rainy weather.
  • Stroller accessible
  • The summer months can be especially hot, so please bring sunscreen and a hat. In winter be sure to dress warm, as we’ll be outside for a majority of the tour.
  • Service animals allowed
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Near public transportation
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 16 people.
  • In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Your schedulers need to be aware of the difference between walking and bus tours.


192 reviews
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Walking Tour with Bruce
RoseMarie_R, Sep 2023
Bruce gave us a good overview of some of the history of Denver and pointed out landmarks during our walking tour. We especially liked the Brown Palace Stories. If you have limited time in Denver, this is a great orientation to certain parts of the city.
Great tour for History Nerds and Good overview of Denver.
Sharon_G, Sep 2023
Our guide, Dwayne, is a good speaker, is very knowledgeable about the History of Denver and obviously loves the city. He was generous with his time and made some great dining recommendations.
Great tour guide and great tour
Bobby_K, Sep 2023
Kristina was an awesome tour guide! As a Denver native and History major, she had lots to of great facts to share with us. The tour was a great way to get introduced to a new city!
Captivating and fun
JaneOrmond, Aug 2023
Had a fantastic time with Kristina - she’s passionate about Denver’s history and manages to weave stories together in such a fun way. It was well paced and really captivating. Loved it. (Bonus shout out to Kristina for gifting us a couple of rain ponchos when we said we were going to Red Rocks that night. It poured. You saved us, Kristina!)
Great tour
Charlie_P, Jul 2023
A great way to see a new city and find out stories of it's history from a local guide. Nate (our guide) was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun, plus he provided lots of recommendation on further places to explore during our stay.
Good value and coverage of the city
Sandra_M, Jul 2023
Capitol hill was amazing and we went back for a tour of the inside later in the day. Our guide was very good and knowledgeable.
Must do tour
Jennifer_L, Jul 2023
Anne was our guide, and she was fantastic!! Wish we had done this on our first day! We saw more than I thought we would, and learned so much about the history of Denver. The tour helped us navigate the city much easier for the rest of our trip.
We had a great day on the...
Dena_S, Jul 2023
We had a great day on the historic tour of downtown Denver. Our tour guide, Nate, was really friendly and knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the city. So glad we did this and would recommend for any history buff or someone who just wants to get to know Denver a bit better!
Great tour!
Laurie_B, Jul 2023
Anne was our tour guide and she did a wonderful job showing us around. We saw many parts of Denver we hadn't seen and she made us much more comfortable about walking around. She has great history knowledge and gave a very interesting tour.
An amazing tour
Alan_C, Jul 2023
Bruce was a fantastic guide! We had a small group and he really was flexible and informative! We learned a lot about Denver and can appreciate it more! Highly recommend!!
Great adventure
Merlyn_G, Jul 2023
It is a great and informative experience. Learning the historical sights in Denver. It is interesting to watch the multitude of people from different cultures and backgrounds as we walk around.
Bruce was our guide and...
Jennifer_B, Jun 2023
Bruce was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and very nice! My aunt and I had a good time! Recommend
Perfect couple hour tour to learn some history of Denver!
Nicole_F, Jun 2023
Bruce was such a friendly, knowledgeable guy! We really enjoyed learning the history of Denver. Definitely recommend!
An excellent way to spend two hours!
Tricia_E, Jun 2023
Kristina was an excellent guide: enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun, committed to customizing our walk to our group. We walked away with lots of stories, history, facts and local knowledge. The actual walking was more than we expected, and that was great!!!! We went from the capitol building to Union Station, happy to cover so much literal and historical ground. A great value, and Kristina was amazing. Also love that the company is a B Corp--that's why we chose it over all the others!
Highly Recommend Dwayne!
Susan_R, Jun 2023
The tour was amazing. Dwayne was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable about everything Denver…from architecture and history to restuarant screen. Extremely enjoyable tour…highly recommend!
Great Denver Downtown Tour!
Susan_W, May 2023
Our city tour began on the steps of the Capital building where we got a picture of the 'one mile above sea level' marker. Bruce, our tour guide, entertained us with stories, trivia and history as we walked through the park area and city streets. We went inside the lobby of the luxury Brown Plaza Hotel and saw the ‘Big Blue Bear’ peeking inside the Denver Convention Center. We ended at Union Station which is the recently renovated bus/rail station. This is a great tour to learn more about Denver's history and changes through the years and see some of the downtown landmarks.
Great walking tour
Kay_M, Apr 2023
Great walking tour. Our guide Kristina was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend it
Great tour, amazing guide !
Hagar_L, Apr 2023
Had a great time on the tour, the guide - Kristina was extremely knowledgeable which made the tour all the better !
Denver Landmarks Backstory Revealed
Edna_N, Mar 2023
Ann was a delightful guide to the city. Great stories of historic Denverites and the history of Denver. We thoroughly enjoyed the day! Brown Palace was a highlight.
Who & Why People Came to Denver
Virginia_S, Feb 2023
The guide Anne was very passionate about her family’s as well as state/local history to make Denver a special and desirable place to settle in. From gold rush diggers, ranchers, educated women, to nowadays politicians and businesses, they Denver become an important city in the middle of the country.

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