Top Historical Tours In Denver

June 27, 2016 6:00 AM

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Whether you’re a newcomer to the city of Denver or you’ve been living here for your whole life, there are probably lots of stories about this beautiful city that you’ve never heard. Take one of the many historic tours of Denver for a glimpse into the past. Learn what made this town what it is, who was behind all the major decisions, and you may even get to meet a ghost or two. There are lots of great tours happening throughout the city, so make some plans to check out one (or all) of these great historic tours in Denver.
Denver History Tours
(720) 243-7929
www.denverhistorytours.com

Price: $20 per adult/$10 teenagers 12 – 18/free for children under 12

This local organization offers a few different tours of people of all ages. All tours must be booked in advance here, as it doesn’t offer a specific set schedule of available tours. However, once you take a look at all the different tours available, you’ll be looking to assemble a group of your own. The Gold Dust Tour is a focus on all the original names, faces and places of the city of Denver. Or, you can check out something different like the Haunted LoDo tour, which will take you to the most haunted Lower Downtown locations, plus you get to go in two of the buildings along the way. Other tours include a Victorian Denver tour, Haunted Capitol Hill, Union Station, Whittier Neighborhood and more.

Denver Microbrew Tour
(303) 578-9548
www.denvermicrobrewtour.com

Price: $33 general admission plus a pint glass/$29 general admission

Beer lovers take note. The Denver Microbrew Tour is a great way to get to know all the unique flavors of Lower Downtown Denver. The LoDo Route of the Denver Microbrew Tour takes you on a one-and-a-half mile walk through the Ballpark neighborhood. You’ll visit several different microbreweries along the way, sampling beers at each stop. Plus you’ll get a pint of your choice at the end of the tour. With information about the beers themselves, plus Denver history, trivia and more, it’s a great tour for a fun afternoon out with friends.

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Ghost Walk On Capitol Hill
Colorado Free University
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 399-0093
www.freeu.com

Price: $31

One of Denver’s most knowledgeable tour guides is Phil Goodstein. He’s a well-known and well-loved local historian who takes eager tourists and locals alike through several fascinating tours of Denver with Colorado Free University. The Ghost Walk on Capitol Hill is a two-hour stroll throughout several parts of this beautiful city. In addition to learning all about the spooks and spirits that surround you, you’ll also get to explore the architecture of the region, as well as a look at the sex scandals and other hidden history of Denver. This one is offered monthly throughout the year, so be sure to check the Colorado Free University for the details.

ScootTours
1417 California St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 523-3240
www.scootoursdenver.com

Price: Prices range from $65 to $95

If walking isn’t your speed, or you’d like to try something a little different, then check out ScooTours in Denver. This fun tour company takes you out on guided tours via rented scooters. The day starts with a short training session in the parking lot, then you head off on your own rented scooter to several locations throughout Denver. At each stop, the tour guide talks about Denver history starting around 1858 and continuing through the present. You’ll get to learn about the art and architecture of Denver as well as the city planning, property disputes and more. The entire tour (including training) runs about three hours, plus you can take the scooter on your own to explore Denver for the rest of the day.

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Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours
(720) 938-8885
www.banjobilly.com

Price: Prices start at $14

For something totally out of the ordinary, book a tour on this “shack on wheels.” You’ll sit on the bus in a recliner, saddle or on a couch as you take drive through Denver stopping at lots of historical spots along the way. Banjo Billy’s Denver Tour includes a 90-minute tour of places like the US Mint, where you’ll learn if it has ever been robbed, or you can learn the real story of Denver’s own Molly Brown and get to know the story of how Denver got its name for the price of a barrel of whiskey. These tours and more all start at the Denver Convention Center, and you’ll love this hilarious, fascinating and totally unique historic look at the city of Denver.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.