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  • 1. Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

    The drive up Lookout Mountain to the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave provides a sensational panoramic view of Denver that alone is worth the price of admission. It was this view that encouraged Bill Cody—Pony Express rider, cavalry scout, and tireless promoter of the West—to request Lookout Mountain as his burial site. Adjacent to the grave is a small museum with art and artifacts detailing Cody's life and times, as well as a souvenir shop. The grave is 100 yards past the gift shop on a paved walkway.

    987½ Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

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    Rate Includes: $5, Closed Mon. Nov.–Apr.
  • 2. Coors Brewery

    Thousands of beer lovers make the pilgrimage to the venerable Coors Brewery each year. Founded in 1873 by Adolph Coors, a 21-year-old German stowaway, today it's the largest single-site brewery in the world and part of Molson Coors. Only guided tours with reservations are available; the tour explains the malting, brewing, and packaging processes. Informal tastings are held at the end of each tour and are included in the price of admission; for half the price of a tour, you can just sample beers. Reservations are required for tours and sampling, and you can buy souvenirs in the gift shop. A free shuttle runs from the parking lot to the brewery.

    13th and Ford Sts., Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

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    Rate Includes: Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, Closed Mon.--Wed., Tour with samples $20, samples-only $10
  • 3. Georgetown Loop Railroad

    This 1920s narrow-gauge train connects Georgetown with the equally historic community of Silver Plume. The 6-mile round-trip excursion takes about 70 minutes, and winds through vast stands of pine and fir before crossing the 95-foot-high Devil's Gate Bridge, where the track actually loops back over itself as it gains elevation. You can add on a tour of the Lebanon Silver Mill and Mine, which is a separate stop between the two towns, as well as meals in the dining car. In fall and around the holidays, special trains run, including popular rides with Santa.

    646 Loop Dr., Georgetown, Colorado, 80444, USA

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    Rate Includes: Train $30.95, with mine tour $40.95
  • 4. Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway

    The incomparable Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway—the highest paved road in the United States—leads to the summit of 14,264-foot-high Mt. Evans. This is one of only two Fourteeners in the United States that you can drive up (the other is her southern sister, Pikes Peak). More than 7,000 feet are climbed in 28 miles, and the road tops out at 14,134 feet, 130 feet shy of the summit, which is a ¼-mile stroll from the parking lot. The toll road winds past placid lakes and through stands of towering Douglas firs and bristlecone pines. Timed-entry reservations are now required and must be booked ahead online. This is one of the best places in the state to catch a glimpse of shaggy white mountain goats and regal bighorn sheep. Small herds of the nimble creatures stroll from car to car looking for handouts. Feeding them is prohibited, however. Keep your eyes peeled for other animals, including deer, elk, and feather-footed ptarmigans.

    Rte. 3, Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA

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    Rate Includes: $15, Reservations required
  • 5. St. Mary's Glacier

    This is a great place to enjoy a mountain hike and the outdoors for a few hours. From the exit, it's a beautiful 10-mile drive up a forested hanging valley to the glacier trailhead. The glacier, technically a large snowfield compacted in a mountain saddle at the timberline, is thought to be the southernmost glacier in the United States. During drought years it all but vanishes; a wet winter creates a wonderful Ice Age playground throughout the following summer. Most visitors are content to make the steep ¾-mile hike on a rock-strewn path up to the base of the glacier to admire the snowfield and sparkling sapphire lake. The intrepid hiker, with the right type of gear, can climb up the rocky right-hand side of the snowfield to a plateau less than a mile above for sweeping views of the Continental Divide. Because of its proximity to Denver, St. Mary's Glacier is a popular weekend getaway for summer hikers, snowboarders, and skiers. There are two pay parking lots with about 140 spaces between them; the cost is $5 per vehicle per day (cash only), with restrooms and trash facilities available at both. Don't look for a St. Mary's Glacier sign on I–70; it reads "St. Mary's Alice," referring to the nearby ghost towns.

    Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA
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  • 6. 12th Street

    A National Historic District, Golden's 12th Street has a row of handsome 1860s brick buildings.

    Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA
  • 7. Argo Gold Mine and Mill

    During the gold rush days, the Argo Gold Mine and Mill processed more than $100 million worth of the precious metal. To transport the ore from mines in Central City, workers dug through solid rock to construct a tunnel to Central City, 4½ miles away. When completed in 1910, the Argo Tunnel was the longest in the world. During a tour of the mine and mill, guides explain how this monumental engineering feat was accomplished. Admission includes a small museum and a gold-panning lesson.

    2350 Riverside Dr., Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA

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    Rate Includes: $25
  • 8. Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

    Even if you never intend to go climbing, you may enjoy learning about lofty adventures showcased at the American Mountaineering Museum here. Visual exhibits display photos and items from experiences climbing some of the world's highest mountains. Artifacts from famous climbs are alongside exhibits about the 10th Mountain Division—men who fought in Italy in World War II, some of whom founded several of Colorado's ski resorts.

    710 10th St., Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

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    Rate Includes: $7, Closed weekends
  • 9. Charlie Tayler Waterwheel

    Near Indian Hot Springs Resort is a 600-foot waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls. The imposing Charlie Tayler Waterwheel—the largest in the state—was constructed in the 1890s by a miner who attributed his strong constitution to the fact that he never shaved, took baths, or kissed women.

    Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA
  • 10. Colorado Railroad Museum

    Just outside Golden is the Colorado Railroad Museum, a must-visit for any train lover. More than 100 vintage locomotives and cars are displayed outside the museum. Inside the replica-1880 masonry depot are historical photos and memorabilia of Puffing Billy (the nickname for steam trains), along with an astounding model train set that steams through a miniature-scale version of Golden. In the Roundhouse you can witness a train's restoration in progress, and in winter, the popular tale of The Polar Express is theatrically performed.

    17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, Colorado, 80403, USA

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    Rate Includes: $10, Closed Mon.
  • 11. Colorado School of Mines

    Educational Institution

    The Colorado School of Mines, the nation's largest and foremost school of mineral engineering, has a lovely campus containing an outstanding geology museum with minerals, gemstones, and fossils from around the world, one of the "Goodwill" moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, and a reproduction of a gold mine.

    Geology museum, 1310 Maple St., Golden, Colorado, USA

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    Rate Includes: Free, Mon.–Sat. 9–4, Sun. 1–4
  • 12. Gilpin History Museum

    At the Gilpin History Museum, photos and reproductions, as well as vintage pieces from different periods of Gilpin County history, paint a richly detailed portrait of life in a typical rowdy mining community.

    228 E. 1st High St., Central City, Colorado, 80427, USA

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    Rate Includes: $7, By appointment only Oct.–Memorial Day
  • 13. Golden History Museum and Park

    Two properties—the Golden History Center and the Clear Creek Golden History Park (formerly Clear Creek History Park)—have combined under the name of Golden History Museum and Park. The park interprets the Golden area circa 1843–1900 via restored structures and reproductions, including a teepee, prospector's camp, one-room schoolhouse, and cabins. It is also populated with live chickens and bees. On select days, guides in period clothing lead 45-minute tours, but you can stroll the park and peek into the buildings anytime, and picnic lunches on the grounds are welcome. There's also a research center and an interactive area for kids.

    923 10th St., Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

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    Rate Includes: Free, Museum closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 14. Guanella Pass Scenic Byway

    South of Georgetown, the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway treats you to marvelous views of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area. Along the way—while negotiating some tight curves, especially as you head down to Grant—you'll get close views of Mt. Evans as well as Grays and Torrey's Peaks—two Fourteeners. It takes about 40 minutes to cross the 22-mile fully paved road.

    Rte. 381, Georgetown, Colorado, 80444, USA
  • 15. Heritage Square

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    A colorful re-creation of an 1880s frontier town, Heritage Square has a music hall, a rip slide (an inflatable water slide), an alpine slide, and some specialty shops. A vaudeville-style review ends each evening's entertainment.

    18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

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    Rate Includes: Entrance to park is free; admission varies per ride, Shops daily 11–5. Rides Apr., May, Sept., and Oct., select weekends; June–Aug., daily. Hrs vary.
  • 16. Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum

    Built between 1890 and 1930, this restored log cabin shows a popular and relaxed mountain summertime lifestyle. The museum, which includes three other buildings, has an exceptional collection of Southwestern Indian artifacts, and there's a short trail around the pretty property's 4 acres.

    28473 Meadow Dr., Evergreen, Colorado, 80439, USA

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed Mon.--Wed.
  • 17. Indian Hot Springs Resort

    Idaho Springs presently prospers from the hot springs here at Indian Hot Springs Resort. Around the springs, known to the Ute natives as the "healing waters of the Great Spirit," are geothermal caves that were used by tribes as a neutral meeting site. The hot springs, a translucent dome–covered mineral-water swimming pool, mud baths, and geothermal caves are the primary draws for the resort. You don't need to be an overnight guest to soak in the mineral-rich waters; day rates start at $23 for the geothermal cave baths (depending on type of bath and day of week), $25.50 for outdoor Jacuzzi baths, and $19 for the pool. The plain but comfortable spa offers massages and facials.

    302 Soda Creek Rd., Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA

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    Rate Includes: Varies by bath and pool; prices higher on weekends
  • 18. Oh-My-Gawd Road

    Although most travelers heading to Central City take the new highway from I–70, adventurous souls can take the Oh-My-Gawd Road. Built in the 1870s to transfer ore, this challenging drive climbs nearly 2,000 feet above Idaho Springs to Central City. After traveling along a series of hairpin curves you arrive at the summit, where you are treated to sweeping views of Mt. Evans. The dusty road is often busy with mining traffic, so keep your windows up and your eyes open.

    Rte. 279, Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA
  • 19. Phoenix Gold Mine

    At the Phoenix Gold Mine a seasoned miner leads tours underground, where you can wield 19th-century excavating tools or pan for gold. Whatever riches you find are yours to keep.

    800 Trail Creek Rd., Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452, USA

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    Rate Includes: $24

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