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Denver History and Highlights Walking Tour

Start your urban adventure of downtown Denver with a local guide who will show you the best of Denver’s popular LoDo neighborhood! See the iconic sites like Colorado State Capitol, the Brown Palace Hotel, historic Larimer Square, the impressive Union Station, and more. On this walking tour, you’ll hear stories of Denver’s founding from gold booms to speakeasies and the making of the wild West!


Duration: 2 hours

Activity Type: Walking, Neighborhood

Time: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

  • Immerse yourself in Denver’s golden age at historic sites including The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Union Station, Larimer Square, and more
  • Get to know the stories of famous, lesser-known, and controversial figures who shaped our views of the wild west, including a showman and a sharpshooter, a brave Arapaho leader, and an “Unsinkable” and indomitable activist
  • Spy some of Colorado’s most famous mountain peaks framed by our downtown buildings and get some out-of-town recreation ideas from your guide
  • Visit local businesses and discover the best local coffee shops, bars, and restaurants

See the Best of Denver on a Walking Tour

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.

Language: English

Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, gratuity for the guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Meeting point: Colorado Veterans Monument in Lincoln Memorial Park, on the west facing side of Capitol Building, between Lincoln Street and North Broadway – 1449 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203
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  • Starting time: 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Ending point: A central location in the LoDo neighborhood, close to public transit

Full Itinerary

Your experience begins a mile high at the Colorado State Capitol, the perfect place to start off a tour highlighting the best of Denver. You might have a chance to step inside with your guide to take in the awe-inspiring architectural features of this historic building and learn more about the founding of the Queen City of the Plains.

From here, you’ll venture downtown to the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Built in the 1890s, this impressive building harkens back to turn-of-the-century western elite and pioneers looking for new opportunities amidst the Rockies. You’ll get a chance to marvel at the grand atrium, where taking high tea is still in fashion, as you pass through. Outside, your guide will give you the lowdown of Denver’s more salacious connections to illicit gambling, speakeasies, and the seedy underbelly that once defined the city’s image.

Next, you’ll see the more modern side of Denver, entering LoDo (Lower Downtown). Get your architecture fix as you pass through the popular 16th Street Mall, a picturesque tree-lined avenue that’s home to street food, art, and local musicians. Your guide will help you avoid the tourist traps and find the local hidden gems of Denver’s downtown food, shopping, and nightlife scene.

Continue on towards one of the most historic and photogenic Denver landmarks: Larimer Square. Hear about the founding of the city, and you’ll quickly discover why Denver has attracted people from across the country for more than a century.

Cap off your downtown Denver experience at the hub of historic LoDo, Union Station, restored to its former glory and still the main train station in town. Enjoy people-watching at its finest, as this is one of the most popular gathering places in Denver. Once your tour has ended, you’ll be in the perfect spot to continue exploring the exciting downtown district.

Additional information

Dress standard: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can walk in. 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. Walking may be difficult in snowy or rainy weather.

Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you are in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Closure of sites: 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.

Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select “child” when booking. 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. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

Dietary Notes

We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the “Additional information” box at checkout, or by emailing us at info@denverurbanadventures.com.

Local contact

Office phone number: 720-295-5060
Email address: info@denverurbanadventures.com