At the foot of the picturesque Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Old West meets a thriving modern culture in Denver. The capital of Colorado averages 300 days of sunshine a year, providing the perfect backdrop for experiencing a few lesser-known attractions this city offers. Here’s a guide to five family-friendly mile-high surprises.
Look into the Past at the History Colorado Center
Head into the 1920s to get a glimpse of Keota, a boomtown in the eastern plains of the Centennial State that’s nearly a ghost town today, or walk through exhibits detailing a wide range of Colorado stories over the years such as what hard-rock mining was like in the Silverton Silver Mine around 1880, or skiing in Steamboat Springs in 1915. The History Colorado Center gives families a chance to experience the living West, see gold coins used as currency before Colorado even became a state and more.