Manitou Springs is known for its famous mineral waters that lie deep underground in a system of aquifers. Manitou Springs has eight spouts around town for visitors and locals alike to get a refreshing taste of naturally carbonated mineral water. Stop by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (354 Manitou Avenue) for a cup, a map, and a chart that explains the make-up of each spring. And yep, water from each spout tastes totally different.
The majority of Leadville’s downtown along Harrison Avenue is designated a National Historic Landmark District of Victorian architecture. This colorful district is a perfect Colorado destination to tour for seeing buildings such as the largest opera house west of the Mississippi, the saloon visited by Doc Holliday and Oscar Wilde, churches from 1879, and more. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue.
4. Walking Tours - Salida and Buena Vista
Ghost chases, wild west stories, and more historical options are offered with Salida Walking Tours. Guides talk about shootouts from the late 1800s that made news across the country and how entrepreneurs thrived in the area. Tours are even held in haunted buildings where in-costume guides share the details of past murders and other crimes.
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5. Denver Walking Tours – Denver
Denver Walking Tours guides offer plenty of excursions by foot throughout the city for free. Choose from a ghost tour, the best of Denver tour, holiday lights and sights (seasonal), an arts tour, and more. The walking tours cover roughly 1.7 miles across flat terrain with plenty of informational stops.
Gaze towards the mountains in the distance from the Sunnyside Cemetery in Victor. Walking tours held on Saturdays through summer and fall months talk about historical tombstones that date back to 1891. Pioneers, miners, veterans and soldiers from five wars, along with other individuals lie at this sacred place in the foothills of Pikes Peak.