Great find. Picturesque river you can play in. Easy parking, easy to walk around. First Friday of each month is a street fair with live music, food stalls and attractions. Loved the Astor House museum. Constantly had Mika in my head. Surrounding countryside is beautiful.
The Coors brewery tour is a must. I learned a lot and the free beer didn’t hurt! In town, there were plenty of things to do. The drive up Lookout Mountain was breathtaking, but I wish we had more time at the Buffalo Bill Museum – it was excellent.
Distance from Aurora, Colorado: 30 miles
Driving time from Aurora, Colorado: 46 minutes
When a town has a world-class brewery offering free tours and free beer, that’s usually enough of an attraction. Now add lots of fun things to do, great people, and beautiful scenery to this brewery and you’ve got Golden, Colorado.
- The Coors brewery is the largest in the world. Free admission and free beer after the self-guided tour make it the prime attraction in Golden.
- Golden’s historic downtown is located along a few blocks of Washington Avenue. Here you’ll find great restaurants, shopping, and more.
- Take a walk along beautiful Clear Creek. Cross the creek at Washington Avenue to find out more about its history. Don’t forget to check out the Clear Creek History Park to see some authentic pioneer buildings (free admission).
- Enjoy a hands-on experience at the Astor House Museum to learn about life in a boarding house. The Astor House was a historic hotel and boarding house that served miners, students, families, and more for over 100 years. Admission is $3 for adults.
- Drive up Lookout Mountain for spectacular views of Golden and Denver. Stop by the excellent Buffalo Bill Museum and see authentic artifacts from his Wild West show ($5 for adults). Pay homage to Buffalo Bill at his grave nearby.
- Drive the Lariat Loop, a 40 mile national scenic byway that takes you through some gorgeous scenery, small mountain towns, and ends up back in Golden. Grab a brochure at the Golden Visitors Center to plan your stops along the way. Make sure to stop at Morrison and the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre. They have regular concerts there, but book early.
- The Old Capitol Grill is located in a historic building and serves up sandwiches, soups, salads, and full dinners.
- Goozell Yogurt & Coffee has a self-serve yogurt station and offers good coffee drinks.