The Colorado foothills town of Golden is the home of Coors Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines. Less than an hour from Denver, this town is so laid-back you could almost call it sleepy. But, the town has a lot of offer and is especially lively during some of its summer festivals.
Golden is on the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway.
Catch a van at 13th and Ford Streets for a Coors Brewery tour and a stop in the Fresh Beer Room. History buffs enjoy seeing the 19th century buildings in the historic districts, the oldest of which is 12th street. Science buffs love the National Renewable Laboratory Visitor Center to see what’s new and what’s on the horizon, while climbers and anyone interested in watching others climb Mount Everest, head to the American Mountaineering Museum.
The Foothills Art Center features local and regional artists, with the occasional blockbuster show.
All ages will enjoy the Golden History Museums. Kids will enjoy the Colorado Railroad Museum. The Buffalo Bill Museum, which is on the Lariat Loop, provides a fantastic view of downtown Denver.
If you’re a golfer, head to Fossil Trace Golf Course, which weaves through an old quarry and past fossils etched into cliffs.
Locals are into outdoor activities here. Golden has it’s own kayak park on the river that runs through town. You’ll also find lots of hiking trails starting right outside of the city limits.