Colorado’s legalized recreational marijuana scene has put a green spin on the traditional Mile High City tour and drawn plenty of pot tourists.
Get acquainted with Denver’s cannabis culture as a visitor or as a curious local with help from knowledgeable 4/20 tour guides who will take you to the city’s best dispensaries, grow facilities, restaurants, craft breweries and historic sites. These ganja guides will point out their favorite strains and give you an overview of the legal pot landscape, all while showing you around their favorite city.
You can get legally stoned in a limo or party bus as you make your way through Denver, chatting, laughing and sharing a joint with marijuana enthusiasts visiting Colorado from all over the world. Let someone else drive while you see Denver through a hazy lens.
Why navigate Denver’s pot world alone when you can travel in style and learn about this growing industry from seed to sale?
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Colorado Cannabis Tours offers a quintessential sightseeing opportunity with its original Denver cannabis tour. You’ll visit Medicine Man Denver’s marijuana grow facility for a tour led by local celebrity and co-owner Pete Williams, see a live glass-blowing demonstration and stop for lunch at weed-themed sandwich shop Cheba Hut.
This tour also stops at two or three Denver dispensaries so you can share a pot brownie or a joint with your new friends on the party bus.
These four- to five-hour tours are held every Friday and Saturday and end promptly at 4:20 p.m., just in time for you to toke up.
If you’re short on time, the company also offers a condensed version of this tour that lasts roughly two hours.
The Original Denver Cannabis Tour, offered by Colorado Cannabis Tours
Cost: $99 for the full tour, $49 for the condensed tour.
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If you want a taste of what Colorado is all about -- beautiful mountain views, green ganja, etc. -- check out the Mile HIGH Sightseeing tour (see what they did there?) offered by City Sessions.
Your guide will pick you up from your Denver hotel and take you to a commercial grow facility, where you’ll see the full life cycle of a cannabis plant. Next stop: A dispensary, where you get discounted weed.
You’ll see some of Denver’s historic sites, take in scenic views of the city from a mountain overlook and drive up to Red Rocks Amphitheater, the outdoor concert venue popular among pot aficionados. This tour typically lasts close to four hours.
Cost: $375 base fee, $75 each additional person
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Eat -- and smoke -- your way through Denver with this four-hour tour on a luxury limo party bus. Your driver will take you to a 40,000-square-foot cultivation facility and two dispensaries, where you can skip the lines and get discounts.
You’ll wrap up the day with dinner at Avanti Food & Beverage, a modern-day food hall with seven restaurants in modified shipping containers. Grab a banana split or a boozy milkshake at Milkbox Ice Creamery in Denver’s historic and recently renovated Union Station.
The tour is held on select Fridays starting at 3 p.m.
Cannabis Foodie Tour, offered by My 420 Tours
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This four-hour tour blends two of Colorado’s specialties: marijuana and craft beer. Your guide will chauffeur you to a 40,000-square-foot grow facility, where you’ll learn about cannabis from clone to harvest from master growers.
The driver of your luxury party bus will supply snacks, beer, water and smoking devices so you can get high between stops.
You’ll get discounts at dispensaries, then take a tour of a local craft brewery, where you’ll learn about the brewing process and get your fill of Colorado brews. You’ll eat at a Denver food truck and go home with a goodie bag full of joint papers, a glass pipe, blunt rolls, lip balm, sunglasses, candy and discount coupons.
The tour departs from downtown Denver every Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m
Budz and Sudz Grow and Dispensary Party Tour, offered by My 420 Tours
Cost: $129Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to check out Lighthouse Cannabis Project’s Seed to Sale tour. The two-hour session offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays covers the history of Mary Jane, the prohibition of marijuana, legalization efforts and current issues the industry is facing.
You’ll ride in a luxury vehicle from Denver’s beautifully restored Union Station to a licensed grow facility and a dispensary. The public tours are capped at 12 people to keep them intimate, or you can request a private tour.
Lighthouse Cannabis Project offers smoking and non-smoking versions of this tour, so even if you don’t want to consume cannabis, you can still learn about the industry and its history in Denver.
Seed to Sale Tour, offered by Lighthouse Cannabis Project
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If Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle is your jam, check out the array of tours led by High Urban Hikers.
High Urban Hikers, aka “HUH,” puts a marijuana-friendly twist on your traditional city walking tour. You’ll get a taste of Denver’s culture, food, art and history while being led by a local guide with inside knowledge of the city. These guides promise to take you to sites you’d probably miss on your own.
Though each three-hour excursion is focused on Mary Jane, you’ll have to light up beforehand, as consumption is not allowed on High Urban Hikers’ tours. They’re also open to people who don’t smoke.
The Toxic Schizophrenia Twilight Tour begins at 4:20 p.m., the internationally recognized time for toking up. You’ll explore the darker side of Denver with ghost stories and a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Pot Is Patriotic Tour starts at Denver’s Brown Palace, a luxury hotel dating back to 1892. You’ll also visit Larimer Square, Denver’s oldest block, and the 150-year-old Union Station.
Cost: $45 to $50 per person
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If your perfect Saturday includes smoking weed, great conversation and relaxing sightseeing, consider Colorado Highlife’s Stoney Saturday Tour.
This three- to four-hour excursion takes you to the Colorado State Capitol, the United States Mint, Union Station and Coors Field, home of the Rockies, Colorado’s professional baseball team. You’ll also make a trip out to Red Rocks.
Your ganja guide will drive you to Illuzion Glass Galleries, a sparkling Denver head shop specializing in hand pipes, water pipes and marijuana accessories. No Saturday would be complete without a tour of a grow facility and stops at Denver dispensaries
Cost: $75 per person, $120 per couple