Golden, Colorado‘s first capital from 1862 until 1867 and the territorial state’s second city from 1862 until 1867, is a picturesque former gold-rush settlement that is entirely surrounded by high terrain to the east are two lofty volcanic mesas (North and South Table Mountains).
The western section of the city is forested and includes Mount Zion and Lookout Mountain, which are flanked by heavily treed hillsides. For those in excellent shape, cycling or hiking trails can be used to access Lookout Mountain. The town is cradled by crystal clear Clear Creek, which has paved bike and walking paths along its length.
Nearby cities are Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs.
Golden itself is also cradled by Clear Creek; it features an historic downtown with many art galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
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Places to Visit
Golden, Colorado’s oldest and most historic townsite, is home to a large number of historical structures. The city has a population of approximately 110,000 people and is home to Colorado School of Mines, a high-profile institution dedicated to educating and researching engineers and applied science.
Colorado is an incredible state filled with unique attractions and natural beauty. You can visit Colorado year-round, whether you’re looking for outdoor activities in the summertime or cosmopolitan cities during the winter months.
The Foothills Art Center, located in a restored Victorian church, features stunning works by Colorado artists. The Colorado Railroad Museum’s outdoor train yard exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience and information about the state’s fascinating railway history (including railroad robberies), while the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum features displays on mountaineers’ lifestyles and accomplishments.
Food and Entertainment
With over 200 craft breweries, 100 wineries, 40 distilleries, and a growing number of award-winning chefs establishing restaurants — not to mention the fact that the state was home to season 15 of “Top Chef” — your culinary Colorado excursion will be a unique experience.
Colorado is home to more than two hundred breweries, and many of them provide tours as well as beer tastings. The state produces more barrels of beer each year than any other, and most breweries offer tour and tasting options.
Wine lovers are flocking to Colorado’s ever-growing list of award-winning wineries. Most provide free visits and tastings, as well as beautiful picnics in their vineyards during the summer months.
Finally, the state’s position in the southwest corner of the United States has influenced Mexican cuisine. The finest elements of this cuisine have been combined and customized to fit Colorado — with green chile as the star.