Golden, Colorado, as its name suggests, started as a gold-rush camp in the mid-1880s, when miners converged along Clear Creek, which flows through the town. The remnants of this rich heritage, along with a spectacular setting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, make Golden a delightful destination for a vacation. Adding to the appeal of Golden hotels are plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation in the mountains, a number of excellent museums, and a friendly, small-town atmosphere.
This town has convenient transportation links with Denver, including public transportation to and from Denver International Airport. Land at the airport, approximately 36 miles away, and you can take connecting RTD buses and/or trains to get to hotels in Golden, CO. If you're interested in seeing the sights of the Mile-High City, such as the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheater, consider booking cheap hotels in Denver for a night or two. Continue to Golden and explore more top-notch museums, including the American Mountaineering Center and Museum, which always has some amazing photography and is the only institution of its kind dedicated to mountaineering history. The Colorado Railroad Museum, housed in a replica of a circa-1880 railroad depot, showcases the state's historic narrow gauge mountain railroads, with more than 100 vintage locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and a working turntable. Another interesting attraction is the Astor House Hotel Museum, the first stone building in the city and a boarding house from 1867 to 1971. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the evening, catch a show at Miners Alley Playhouse, an award-winning theater. Rent a car in Golden and head to nearby Lookout Mountain, which offers unmatched views over downtown Denver from its 7,377-foot peak. The mountain also features the grave site of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, yet another nod to the region's Old West heritage.
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