Golden, Colorado, which is located west of the Denver metro area, in the shadow of the foothills, was founded in 1859 and is the county seat for Jefferson County.
Established in the gold rush days, Golden played an important role in Colorado’s history. In fact, Golden was the Territorial Capital from 1862 to 1867, before losing the capital rights to Denver when Colorado became a state in 1876.
Golden’s historic downtown district is a great place to stroll, shop, or dine – a place where you can get a true feel for the rich history of the West.
Clear Creek, which runs through Golden, offers opportunities for kayaking, fly fishing, tubing, and even gold panning. Nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers 12,000 acres of forests, meadows, and peaks, as well as a view of 100 miles of the Continental Divide.
Top attractions in Golden, Colorado include:
- Coors Brewery Tours
- National Renewable Energy Labs Visitor Center (NREL)
- Colorado Railroad Museum
- Buffalo Bill Museum And Grave
- Heritage Square
- Golden’s Twelfth Street Historic District
- Astor House Museum and Victorian gardens
- Jefferson County Fairgrounds
- Lookout Mountain
- Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
- Lariat Loop Scenic And Historic Byway (which passes through Golden, Evergreen, and Morrison)