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Golden holds an eloquent charm. Through the heart of the town runs a very popular attraction, Clear Creek. The creek has walking and biking trails both paved and unpaved allowing for a large variety of recreational activities. I lived here for twenty one years and enjoyed every moment. The town is in a valley, with natural scenery and outdoor activities in every direction. What I enjoyed most about living in Golden Colorado was the many impressive hiking trails for all experience levels. As well as, the nearby attractions of downtown. Denver is accessible by car, light rail or bus within only fifteen minutes. The only thing that I would like to see improve about Golden is the traffic direction systems, main street alone has nine traffic circles which can feel very repetitive. Absolutely add Golden to your travel list, check out clear creek and local bike trails!
Golden Colorado is nestled in the foothills of the front range. After living in Denver for a few years I mad the move to Golden and immediately fell in love! There is quick access to trails right outside your doorstep for running, hiking and biking. The people in the community are incredibly active and friendly. Its refreshing to be able to spend a day in the outdoors and top it off at a local brewery.
Golden is a great medium-sized town which is less of a suburb/urban sprawl of Denver, and more it's own town. It has a really nice, little downtown with a river, parks, stores, restaurants. And, it's only a 15 minute drive or so west of Denver. It's a college town, home to the Colorado School of Mines, a highly ranked engineering school. The biggest industry in town is the Coors Brewery (now MillerCoors), and there are several small microbreweries as well. It is surrounded on all sides by the Rocky Mountain foothills and the two Table Mountains, mesas to the east. Opportunities for hiking, mountain and road biking, kayaking abound, right within town. The downside is, because of the surrounding mountains, Golden has little room to expand, and because of its desirability, real estate prices have skyrocketed.