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How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

A 3-day stay in Denver allows you to venture into districts beyond downtown for a taste of the city’s diversity, including experiencing the outdoors in any season, from ski resorts to hiking trails. You also have time to visit the Rocky Mountains or Colorado Springs. Here’s how to maximize a 3-day trip. 

Day 1: Capitol Culture

From its humble mining town roots, the Mile-High City has risen to new cultural heights, with museums to suit any taste. Get a primer on western expansion at the History Colorado Center, go abstract at the Clyfford Still Museum, or tour the Victorian home of a famous Titanic survivor at the Molly Brown House. A stroll in the Denver Botanic Gardens lets you connect with high-desert blooms right in the heart of the vibrant Uptown neighborhood. If traveling with kids, visit the acclaimed Denver Zoo or Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a surefire way to burn off some energy and keep the whole family happy.  Prebook tickets, discount passes, or tours that include these attractions for an easy day of sightseeing.

Day 2: Be a Rocky Mountain Explorer

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains is a major draw for residents and visitors alike. From wildlife-watching and leisurely hikes to extreme sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and snowboarding, there are plenty of ways to get outdoors and play. In summer, venture into Rocky Mountain National Park for alpine lakes and moose sightings, hike among the Boulder Flatirons, or marvel at the views from the summit of Mt. Evans. Journey south to Colorado Springs to explore the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, Colorado’s most famous “14-er” (mountains exceeding 14,000 feet, or 4267 meters). Winter means ski season, and several resorts such as Winter Park and Copper Mountain are close enough for you to spend a day on the slopes and still get a good night’s sleep in your Denver hotel. 

Day 3: Beers, Bites, and More

Back in the urban mix, treat yourself to a tour of Denver’s expanding dining and brewery scene, with the highest concentration of hot spots in Lower Downtown (LoDo). With options ranging from farm-to-table to hearty western fare (try the Rocky Mountain oysters if you dare!), a food tour offers a great way to hit up several hot spots without any guesswork. The city is also a craft beer haven, so pop into local breweries for a flight of seasonal lagers, stouts, and ales, or join a distillery tour to see how modern mixologists are reinventing Colorado’s prairie whiskey traditions.

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Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver

Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver

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The Denver foothills are packed with some of Colorado's best sights, from Red Rocks Amphitheater to Lookout Mountain and scenic Lariat Loop. Over the course of this half-day tour from Denver that explores the scenic foothills, get panoramic views of the mountain surroundings and stroll through small, historic towns before stopping in Evergreen for drinks. It's a quick escape from the big city buzz and a taste of life in the mountains, and one you can easily fit in a day when touring the "Mile High" City.
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Craft Beer Tour in Lower Downtown Denver
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Craft Beer Tour in Lower Downtown Denver

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Discover why Denver is nicknamed the ‘Napa Valley of Craft Beer’ on a fun and social beer tour and pub crawl through the historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) district. Pop in to four local breweries to taste more than 10 samples of Colorado craft beer with an expert hops-, ale-, and lager-loving guide. Find out how Denver became the center of the craft brewing movement in the West, and walk off all those tastings with a jaunt through the city’s oldest and most dynamic neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Capitol Hill History & Ghost Tour

Capitol Hill History & Ghost Tour

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Get a glimpse into Denver’s chilling Victorian past on this ghost tour of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. Learn about some of the most haunted dwellings and their scandalous past as you walk through one of the country’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Your guide provides fascinating facts about Denver, its notable residents, and its entertaining ghost stories.
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Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters

Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters

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Experience Denver like never before on this guided, 3-hour, small-group, motor-scooter tour. Learn about the city’s history and architecture while visiting favorite locations like Confluence Park, Lower Downtown (LoDo), National Velvet, LoHi, Denver Highlands, Colorado Convention Center, Coors Field, Denver Union Station and much more. Ride on side streets and multi-lane roads. Guided training plus a helmet, eye protection, sunscreen and more are included.
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  • 3 hours
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Craft Distillery Bus Tour

Craft Distillery Bus Tour

Sample the best of Colorado’s spirits with a 4.5-hour tour of two cutting-edge distilleries in Denver. Get an insider’s look at the craft alcohol scene as you visit the small-batch Mile High Spirits, and sample six of their most distinctive bottles, including bourbon, gin, rum and tequila. Continue to Laws Whiskey House, and take a seat in the 'whiskey church' to learn how the distillers mill and cook their grains before open-air fermentation. Taste a total of eight spirits and a cocktail chaser, then return to downtown.
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History and Whiskey Tour in Denver

History and Whiskey Tour in Denver

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Take a unique look at Denver’s rich past on this guided, 2.5-hour history and whisky tour. Enjoy special access to locations like the famous Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel, the oldest hotel in Denver, plus special access in and around LoDo (lower downtown), the historic Five Points district and more. The tour ends at Mile High Spirits for a sampling of some of the best cocktails and spirits the city of Denver has to offer.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Denver

Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Denver

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Not only is Denver home to many an outdoor adventurer, with gorgeous natural scenery all around, the city itself is booming with culture. It is a mountainous metropolis offering the visitor her many diverse faces. Get an intimate look inside local Denver life and discover the unique history. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, this walking tour captures what it truly means to call this place home. With a lively craft beer and food scene, Denver appeals to all types of visitors and not just the outdoor types. Your private tour will give you a well-rounded look into the many swatches that make up the fabric of this great Rocky Mountain city. From the striking façade of the Denver Art Museum, to the gigantic blue bear holding up the convention centre building, this tour will give you a true taste of what makes Denver such a glorious destination.
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Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
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Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

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Explore Colorado’s famous protected playground on a small-group tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Drive through the foothills into the unspoiled western wilderness, stopping in the resort town of Estes Park and the historic—and allegedly haunted—Stanley Hotel. Wintertime means stops at snow-ringed lakes, cozy mountain hideouts, and visitors’ centers, while summer allows access over the soaring Trail Ridge Road and other alpine vistas.
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  • 8 hours
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Denver History and Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

Denver History and Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

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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.
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Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver
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Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver

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Get a feel for the real Colorado on this day trip from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park. Meet your tour guide and load into a comfortable and spacious air-conditioned vehicle. Pass through Boulder on the way to the park, admiring the beautiful brick campus of the University of Colorado's main campus. Once inside the park, look for mule deer, elk, and other wildlife, stretch your legs at a glacial lake, and take photos galore. Afterward, explore the quaint mountain village of Estes Park before heading back to Denver.
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  • 8 hours
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Best of Denver Tour
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Best of Denver Tour

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Explore downtown Denver’s biggest attractions plus hidden curiosities that even most locals don't know about on this walking tour that's full of surprises. See essential landmarks like the , Denver Art Museum, Colorado State Capitol, and Brown Palace Hotel while a Denverite guide shares details of intrigue, scandal, and Wild West history along the way. It's a great way to get oriented and get local tips on where to dine, drink, and get cultured in the Mile-High City.
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Scenic Mount Evans Tour from Denver

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Scenic Mount Evans Tour from Denver

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Head for the hills on a full-day adventure that takes you from Denver to the stunning peaks and Old West boom towns of the Rocky Mountains. Drive up Mt Evans, one of Colorado’s highest ’14-ers,’ and witness the dramatic ranges of the Continental Divide. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and bighorn sheep, and pass through historic mining towns that preserve the state’s rich silver mining legacy.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver and Boulder
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Private Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver and Boulder

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Be inspired by Colorado’s majestic scenery on this private, full-day tour from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park. Travel in a luxury SUV or van through historic mining and resort towns to reach the celebrated national park, known for its abundant wildlife and towering vistas. Customize your own itinerary, and make plenty of stops along the way to take pictures of alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks, spot wild critters like elk and moose, and explore peaceful hiking trails.
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  • 8 hours
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Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver

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Discover the best of the Rocky Mountain National Park on a guided full-day tour. Park entrance, along with round-trip transportation from Denver or Boulder is conveniently included. Set at a moderate pace, the hike is perfect for people with some experience who also want to take time to appreciate the scenery. Stop for a complimentary packed lunch, which can be prepared to accommodate dietary restrictions.
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  • 8 hours
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