It's no surprise that the population in Golden, Colorado, has grown substantially over the last decade. This historic metropolis is a Mecca of outdoor adventure and quiet artsy activities that would appeal to anybody for an afternoon or more. However, it may not be easy to see everything the city has to offer in only 24 hours. From scenic excursions to shopping to brewery crawling, read on for 24 hours worth of Golden fun.
1. Start your day with a tour of the Coors Brewery
The 103-year old family company is situated on a hill overlooking Golden and features free tours and an impressive collection of murals and exhibits.
2. Learn about Golden's history on a walking tour
Golden's historic downtown is filled with Victorian-era buildings that will transport you back to the Wild West (Bullwhackers Alley, Town on the Hill, and Wines of Colorado all feature replicas of 19th-century storefronts).
3. Take in some art at the Cevallos Workshop Gallery
This self-described "Gallery & Studio" is a Golden Gem within a historic, century-old building. The gallery is an extension of the work and lives of Pedro and Julia Cevallos, a husband-and-wife team whose artistry will delight.
4. Tour local microbreweries
Golden is home to two notable breweries: Golden City Brewery (Rio Golden Ale), which features tours/tastings at the onsite tasting room, and Mountain Toad Brewery (which also includes a restaurant), which has self-guided tours of its fermenters and kettles.
5. Check out some local bands downtown
Golden has small downtown but exciting music spots such as the Laughing Goat Coffee Company and the American Legion Hall.
6. Grab a doughnut or two at Kid's Mercantile
Kids' Mercantile is a department store that specializes in one-of-a-kind, handmade, and vintage items. From jewelry to apparel to furniture, it has it all. However, the cozy little sitting area is where you'll discover the bakery case. It also has a rotating selection of pre-packaged goodies from other local artists.
If you're searching for something new and beautiful with a small-town feel, Golden is the place to go. With plenty of outdoor activities near the foothills as well as quiet artsy things to do for an afternoon or more that would appeal to almost everyone, there's undoubtedly something in this historical city that will please everyone from families with children to couples without