Historic downtown Golden is at the heart of the City located along the banks of Clear Creek between the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the West and two ancient mesas to the East. Historic downtown Golden dates back to the early 1850’s when the first settlers came looking for gold. It was a bustling center of commerce for those making the trek into the hills near Central City and Blackhawk. Today, not much has changed.


Historic downtown Golden continues to be a center of activity with shopsrestaurantscraft breweriesoutdoor recreation and community events. It is home to the “Welcome to Golden” Arch – one of the most photographed items in Colorado. It includes the historic 12th Street Neighborhood and over 50 historic buildings along Washington Avenue, including where the first Colorado legislators met when Golden was the territorial capital.


There are three parks in downtown Golden – Parfet Park, Lion’s Park and the award-winning Clear Creek Whitewater Park. You'll also find four museums in historic downtown Golden - the Golden History Museum & ParkMines Museum,  Foothills Art Center and the American Mountaineering Museum.

Visitors can stop at the Golden Visitors & Information Center located in downtown to find information about where to shop, dine and play. Explore this site for all there is to do, then, click "add to trip builder" to start planning your custom adventure!