Golden, CO

Travel Guide
Golden

This picturesque college city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is the final resting place of Buffalo Bill and is a great destination for lovers of the outdoors.

Situated just outside of Denver, this gold rush city has some of the best hospitality and outdoor fun in the region. Golden lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is surrounded by towering peaks and rolling hills. If you could use a break from the big city that Denver has become, book a getaway in this historic town with its laid-back western charm.

Discover the city’s heritage and history as you walk through its streets. There are three residential historical districts here offering examples of architecture from the past. Visit the 12th Street district to see a number of upper-middle class Victorian houses or Clear Creek for more modest homes from the era.

Visit the Colorado Railroad Museum to learn about the early settlers of the state and the importance of rail travel during the gold rush. Visit Coors Brewery, one of the largest single-site breweries in the world. Discover some local history at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.

Clear Creek was once the source of much of the gold in the area but today is mostly used for water sports. See whitewater rafters traverse the course that runs through the center of town or give it a go yourself. Lessons, guided tours and gear are available from operators in town. You can also go horse riding, mountain biking and hiking in the mountains surrounding the town. Guided tours and gear rental for those activities are available from the Golden Visitors Center in the middle of town.

When you get hungry, stop at one of the local establishments. This is a college town, so there are many restaurants, bars and cafés offering affordable drinks and meals. The main street is where it is all happening but this town rarely gets overcrowded.

Golden can be reached by car, light rail or bus in less than half an hour from Denver. There is plenty of free parking around and accommodation is easy to arrange.

Where to stay in Golden

Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
3 out of 5
15059 West Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO, 80401
The price is $125 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Golden. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (231 reviews)
"Cute and trendy for price range. Would stay here again!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden
Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden
2.5 out of 5
17150 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO, 80401
The price is $155 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Golden. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Nice quiet place"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO, 80401
The price is $179 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Golden. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,328 reviews)
"Our stay at Origin Red Rocks was fantastic. The staff was super friendly, the hotel and the area in general is awesome. Very convenient to Red Rocks with a great vibe. So glad we stayed!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Casa Yurt Tent Large
Casa Yurt Tent Large
Golden, CO
The price is $67 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this campground in Golden. Enjoy onsite parking and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Red Rocks Amphitheater and Dinosaur Ridge are located nearby. Discover ...
Casa Yurt Tent Large
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
The price is $80 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this cabin in Golden. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Red Rocks Amphitheater and Dinosaur Ridge are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Nice place and secluded."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
NO car needed. ONE BEDROOM from Airport to Red Rock light rail station.
NO car needed. ONE BEDROOM from Airport to Red Rock light rail station.
Golden, CO
Stay at this vacation home in Golden. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (61 reviews)
Nice Location
"Great location to the mall and major highways. 30 minutes from the Denver Airport. The property manager had great communication."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

NO car needed. ONE BEDROOM from Airport to Red Rock light rail station.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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