Denver and its surrounding cities and towns have a rich aviation heritage, from some of the earliest experiments in flight to manned space travel. Whether you simply want to learn more about Colorado’s aerospace history or take to the skies yourself, this aviation tour has something for every aficionado.

Denver’s Lowry neighborhood was home to Lowry Air Force Base from the late 1930s to 1994. Now, that former base is home to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum , which gives visitors a chance to explore Colorado’s aviation history. The museum features more than 50 aircraft: WWI fighter planes, WWII bombers and even a replica of the Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter (complete with working R2D2). Explore exhibits on the Colorado Air National Guard and Colorado’s many astronauts or try your hand at flying in one of the interactive flight simulators.

While the Air & Space Museum focuses on aviation’s past, the recently opened Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight in Englewood is all about the latest aerospace innovations. Located at Centennial Airport — one of the nation’s busiest general aviation airports — Exploration of Flight’s Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery is an interactive aviation center with two levels. The first floor has a tumbling gyro chair, wind tunnel, virtual reality experiences and a pilot-quality flight simulator, while the second floor offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at a working airport. You can even listen in on air traffic chatter from Centennial Tower!

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