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Return From The Past To An Elegant Farewell -- Day 4 Driving from Empire, Colorado into the Heart of Old Denver
Drive Time: 2 ½ hours not including a side trip up Mt. Evans
To drive up Mt. Evans, allow 2 additional hours
Hotel in Denver CO: Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast
Sightseeing along the road:
Mining towns Georgetown and Silver Plume
Georgetown Narrow Gauge Railroad
Mt. Evans Scenic Highway (closed in winter)
Argo Gold Mill and Eagle Mine Tour
Coors Brewery Tour
Synopsis of the day:
The driving today is easy with a lot of scenery and a choice of activities. After breakfast head for Georgetown, Colorado, and visit the colorful historic district that includes the Hotel de Paris, shopping, and the Georgetown Narrow Gauge Railroad. Look for the bighorn sheep on the way. In summer the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway is gorgeous and takes you to the top at 14,264 feet in elevation. In Idaho Springs, another attractive historic town, visit the Argo Gold Mill and Eagle Mine. Continuing down Clear Creek Canyon you will enjoy rugged scenery until the canyon opens up at Golden, Colorado, home of the Coors Brewery. Tours are offered. Castle Marne Bed &Breakfast is located close to the vibrant downtown area in Denver.
Take Mt. Evans Scenic Byway Exit 240 and turn left (south) on Chicago Creek Rd, CO 103. This becomes Squaw Pass Road to Mt. Evans Road. Return the same way to Idaho Springs and the Argo Gold Mill. Get on I-70 East toward Denver to where US Highway 6 exits to Clear Creek Canyon. Take US Hwy 6 on to Golden. As you enter Golden, turn right on Washington Avenue and then left on 12th Street to the Coors Brewery.
Leave Coors Brewery and turn left on Ford Street which becomes South Golden Road. Turn right on Johnson Road to US 6, turn left (east), then it’s quite a few miles to Lincoln Street in Denver. Lincoln Street is a left turn (north) just after you cross Speer Boulevard. Go to Colfax Avenue and turn right (east) and go about a mile to Race Street. Turn left on Race Street, then it’s only one block to Castle Marne Bed &Breakfast.
More Fun And Historical Activities and Attractions
Georgetown National Historic District is well preserved with one of the featured attractions being the Hotel de Paris, restored to its 1890s glory. This hotel really shows the innkeeping of the period. Shops occupy many of the historic buildings.
The Georgetown Narrow Gauge Railroad with its famous loop exemplifies the determination of the early railroaders to service these rich gold districts. A puff of smoke and hiss of steam and you are off on a fun narrow gauge railroad ride.
Mt. Evans Scenic Byway take you to the 14,236 foot summit of Mt Evans. The scenery is spectacular all the way while the summit affords an amazing 360 degree view. Keep an eye open for mountain goats grazing and marmots sunning themselves on the rocks.
Idaho Springs is another mining community with the Argo Gold Mill and the Eagle Mine. This interesting tour exposes you to gold mining from the mid-1850s until the 1970s. The Argo processed over $100 million dollars worth of gold when the price $18 an ounce.
In Golden, take a tour at one of Colorado’s best-known companies, Coors Brewery, and enjoy up to 3 free samples of their variety of beer products (if you are over 21), or complimentary soft drinks if you are younger or prefer something non-alcoholic.
Hotel in Denver, Colorado: Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast
Denver Botanical Gardens
Denver Art Museum
Ask Jim or Diane Peiker at Castle Marne for more suggestions
We are sorry to see you leave but we look forward to your return for another Western Adventure.
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