Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit
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Tucked along the Rocky Mountain foothills, this onetime mining camp has maintained its entrepreneurial spirit, evident along bustling Washington Avenue. You’ll find outdoor types, Denver commuters, natural-resources buffs (who attend the highly regarded Colorado School of Mines), and Coors beer lovers, who make a beeline for the brewery.
See: On fall weekends, sled down the half-mile-long Heritage Square Alpine Slide (18301 West Colfax Ave.; 303-279-1661).
Eat: Enjoy one of Golden’s best views while feasting on Rocky Mountain rainbow trout at The Briarwood Inn (1630 8th St.; 303-279-3121).