Denver Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2015

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Whether it is summer or winter or any of the glorious times in-between, Denver has got plenty to do and see. With award-winning theater, world-class music, a downtown amusement park, one of the nation’s most popular zoos, and a bevy of outdoor activities at your fingertips, planning a trip to Denver is sure to be time well spent, but perhaps the more pertinent question is “What’s the best way to spend my time?”

Day One: Get Oriented

Getting to know your host city is as easy as a walk through scenic downtown Denver. During the Gold Rush of the 1860s, the young city was in a *ahem* rush to establish itself as not just another dusty two-horse town. Buildings raced towards the skies and their permanence was meant to symbolize that Denver was a city that was here to stay. Spend the day walking through Denver’s downtown district and see some of this history still standing today at the Denver Mint and the Colorado State Capital Building, two of the oldest buildings in Denver.

Day Two: Have Some Fun Outdoors

Now that you’ve got your bearings on the city and soaked up some history, head out and explore the variety of outdoor venues that Denver has on display. The Denver Zoo is one of nation’s highlights and is proud to offer some of the rarest species on earth including the okapi, red-bellied lemur, and Mshindi, a rhinoceros that paints with a brush. Or, if thrills are what you’re after, consider spending the day in Elitch Gardens, a rollercoaster and waterslide park rolled into one 70 acre lot in downtown Denver. Alternatively, the Denver Botanic Gardens offer visitors a nice break from city life with its Japanese Garden.

Day Three: Go Beyond

No trip to Denver would be complete without getting outside of the city for a bit and exploring what it is that makes Colorado so special -- its proximity to (or really, entrenchment in) the Rocky Mountains. Any time of year is a good time to get out and explore the scenery. The famous Flat Irons are only about an hour away, sitting just outside Boulder (another excellent day trip) and make for fantastic hiking, camping, downhill mountain-biking or a great launching point to other resort towns like Vail or Breckenridge. And rafting is the ultimate summer activity, with a number of trips running throughout the season for first-time rafters and daredevil river riders alike.

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Denver Mountain Parks with Optional Denver City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Experience Colorado's glorious mountain scenery and wildlife on a morning tour from Denver. Admire the stunning ancient sandstone formations in Red Rocks Park. ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 4 or 9 hours

From USD $55.00

Denver City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 69 Reviews

Get an excellent overview of Denver on this afternoon riding tour of its most famous sights. Admire top Denver attractions including historic Larimer Square, ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Air Force Academy from Denver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

See several top Colorado attractions in one action-packed day on this day trip from Denver to the Colorado Springs area. Admire the architecture, chapel and ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00

The Mile High Wine Tour in Denver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Discover Denver’s burgeoning wine industry with a wine tasting adventure to some of the area’s finest wineries. You'll take your wine knowledge and ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.00

Denver Mountain Peaks Day Trip with Georgetown Loop Train Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Go beyond Denver on this photo op-packed day trip including mountain scenery and a thrilling train ride. Travel along Squaw Pass to Echo Lake Lodge for lunch ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00

History and Whiskey Tour in Denver

Tour includes one hour of Denver's history. The other half of the tour includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Mile High Spirits along with a whiskey, spirits, ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00

Denver History Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Denver’s history is rich in stories, pioneers, art and culture – more than you probably ever imagined. Come on a journey through time, from Denver’s Wild West ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.00

Front Range Snowshoeing Adventure from Denver

Explore the Denver area’s winter wonderland – the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains – on a snowshoeing tour! Just 30 minutes outside Denver, Colorado’s Front ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $99.00

Denver Craft Brewery Tour

The established Denver beer culture is more visible than ever before in the River North (RiNo) art district. Located just North of downtown, RiNo has been ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.00

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