Located at the base of the foothills, Golden was the territorial capital until 1867 and remains one of the most historical towns in the state, with six museums, including Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave (987 1/2 Lookout Mountain, Golden), the Colorado Railroad Museum (17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden), the American Mountaineering Museum (710 10th St., Golden), the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (1213 Washington Ave., Golden), and the Golden History Museums (923 10th St., Golden). An arch spanning the street proudly proclaims that Golden is “Where the West Lives!” The rugged setting makes it an amazing destination for outdoor recreation like biking, hiking, and kayaking. Downtown offers an Old West feel with arcade-covered sidewalks providing entry to more than 30 shops and art galleries. There are 22 restaurants and bars with outdoor cafes, providing a great vantage point to watch kayakers float by on Clear Creek. And no trip to Golden would be complete without a tour of the Coors Brewery (13th and Ford, Golden), the largest single brewing site in the world. A short drive from Golden is Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison), an awesome, awe-inspiring concert venue that has hosted well-known performers including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, R.E.M., and U2.
Where to Find It
15 miles west of downtown at C-470, I-70, and U.S. Hwy. 6.
CAB FARE FROM DOWNTOWN: $46.75 (approx.)
RTD: Direct routes on buses 16L
Golden (and nearby Morrison) are packed with some of the Front Range's best restaurants. Check out a guide to the area's eating options.
In July, Buffalo Bill Days bring an old-time Western festival to town with a parade, stagecoach rides, and pancake breakfast.