For the budget-minded, Denver is the perfect spot for an affordable vacation getaway. These free tours take you behind the scenes at several unique Denver attractions.
HAMMOND'S CANDY FACTORY TOUR
5735 N. Washington St.
Anyone with even the smallest sweet tooth will love this free tour, which gets you behind the scenes at Hammond's Candy Factory, a company that has been making candy in Denver since 1920. You'll come away with a newfound respect for the candy industry, plenty of free samples - and maybe a cavity or two.
GREAT DIVIDE BREWERY TOUR
2201 Arapahoe St.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's craft beer world on a free tour at the Great Divide Brewery in Downtown Denver. Tours take place at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and each hour starting at 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
DENVER U.S. MINT TOUR
320 W. Colfax Ave.
To see where your currency is conceived (sorry, no free handouts), follow the money trail to the Denver U.S. Mint. The free, 45-minute tours are led by knowledgeable guides and provide a fascinating look into the history of coinage. Both kids and adults will love getting up close and personal with the shiny pocket change that streams off the production lines. Tours are available Mon.–Thurs. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Same-day tour tickets are available at the Tour Information window, which opens at 7 a.m.; no advance tickets are available.
COORS BREWERY TOUR
13th & Ford, Golden
"Taste the Rockies!" Coors Brewery, the world's largest brewing site still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Free, self-guided tours show every step in the brewing process, and end with free samples for those over 21.
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF KANSAS CITY-DENVER BRANCH'S MONEY MUSEUM
1020 16th St.
The Money Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the Federal Reserve Bank. And, best of all, it's free! Walk-ins are welcome and groups can make advance reservations. Photo ID required for visitors 18 and older. On your way out, don't forget to get your bag of shredded money.
COLORADO STATE CAPITOL
200 E. Colfax Ave.
Tour the magnificent Colorado State Capitol Building. Stand at exactly a mile high on the steps, see Allen True's beautiful murals, listen in on the Colorado General Assembly, and check out the gorgeous Rose Onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available Monday through Friday.
CELESTIAL SEASONINGS TOUR
4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder
See how Celestial Seasonings, the largest specialty tea manufacturer in North America blends, packages and ships its teas, then enjoy free samples of every variety they make, and discover a gallery of original artwork from their famous tea boxes.