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Founded in 1859, Golden is an idyllic former gold rush town nestled between North and South Table Mountains and the spectacular foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Originally named “Golden City” it became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862. The territorial legislature met here until 1867 and boarded where the Astor House is now located. When Colorado became a state in 1876, locals were outraged when Denver snagged the title of state capitol, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to slow Golden’s growth.

Fast forward to more recent times, and Golden still has that small western town feel, but with the perks of a small city. Local restaurants and shops line the streets, and you’ll often see numerous people strolling up and down the main drag. Golden also offers up what may be the most museums per capita in Colorado, from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and the Colorado Railroad Museum, to the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

There is something for everyone in Golden, and if the city isn’t your thing, hop on a bike or put on your hiking boots for an afternoon on one of the many trails heading into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Golden Attractions

Coors Brewery

In 1868, German brewing apprentice Adolph Coors headed to America. He made his way across the country working a series of odd jobs from bricklayer to gardener. Within five years, he founded the Golden Brewery where it still stands today.

The location was nothing less than ideal, as Coors wouldn’t settle until he found the perfect water for his beer. This location allows easy access to the mountain stream water still used today. Now, with Coors being one of the largest beer brands in the states, they have become an attraction for visitors and locals alike. They offer free tours, tastings and a gift shop for anyone to bring a piece of Colorado home with them.

The Coors Brewery is the backbone of Golden, and should be a must see!

Coors Brewery Inside Beer Barrels

Phone: 800.642.6116

Address: 13th St & Ford Street, Golden, CO 80401

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Golden History Museum & Park

Golden History Museum & Park engages and inspires visitors through preserving and sharing Golden’s history. Founded in 1938 as the Jefferson County Historical Museum, today GHM&P is a cultural campus in downtown Golden.

The Golden History Museum is a dynamic, modern museum with changing exhibits, a research library, artifact lab, children’s hands-on gallery, and multi-use theater. The Golden History Park is a three-acre outdoor learning lab with historic and reproduction buildings that replicate a 19th century mountain homestead.

With so much history in Golden, this is the perfect, family friendly place to take it all in!

Golden History Museum and Park Logo

Phone: 303.278.3557

Address: 1020 11th St, Golden, CO 80401

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