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Planning a trip to Colorado? Be sure to add Golden, Colorado to your road trip through the state and get a feel for the old Western, mountain towns. There is a lot to do in Golden, besides stopping by your local Vital Outdoors of course ;)


Photos from Justine Chrysler

1. Take a tour at the Coors Brewery.

Visit the largest single-site brewery in the world and see how it all began. This tour takes you through the history of Coors as well as their brewing processes. The best part though? You receive a few treats at the end for all your hard work and get to sample the famous beer after the tour. On a short timeline? Just head straight to the bar!

Photo Credit: “Coors Brewery, Golden, CO” by Chris McInnis, licensed under CC BY 2.0

2. Tour the Holiday Lights.

Go for a stroll down Washington Avenue and stop by the different stores to get a feel for the town. Then head down by the creek to view all the holiday lights in the evening. Be sure to bring your layers as it gets especially chilly at night! Forgot your insulation? We have you covered, from light fleeces to thick down parkas and everything in between.

3. Eat Good Food and Drink Good Beer

With numerous breweries and restaurants located in the heart of Golden, you can’t really go wrong with whatever you chose. Stop by Woody’s Pizza or swing by New Terrain Brewing Company to get a taste of a couple of the local favorites. Still unsure where to head? We love to give recommendations of our favorite places so come say hi.

4. Watch the Parades

Every Saturday leading up to Christmas, head downtown to the Washington Avenue during the evening to view different parades. There are candlelight walks, floats, live music, and fireworks. You’ll be sure to enjoy the festivities as you get the small town feel of Golden. And you’ll probably get to see at least a few dogs marching alongside the parade.

5. Go for a hike.

You can’t visit Colorado without going for a hike, and there happen to be numerous trails right in our town. Head up Lookout Mountain for a more mountainous feel or go up Table Mountain for great views of the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver alike. Our trails tend to be icy in the winter, so make sure to stop into Vital Outdoors first to get your Kahtoola microspikes to keep traction on the trails.

Photo Credit: Danielle Maxey

6. See a Play

The Miners Alley Playhouse, right above Vital Outdoors, is performing A Christmas Carol though the holidays and is a great way to spend an evening in our town. Pair it with an afternoon hike, a food stop, and a walk under the lights, and you’ll be guaranteed to have a great time in Golden.

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