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It’s no wonder that Golden has a reputation as one of the friendliest cities in the West. Upon entering Golden’s historic downtown, visitors are enthusiastically greeted with a large sign arching across Washington Avenue that reads, “Howdy, Folks! Welcome to Golden,” and proudly boasting the slogan, “Where the West Lives.” One of Colorado’s oldest and most historic towns, is filled with a large number of historic buildings. It is also located just 12 miles west of Denver and is home to the Colorado School of Mines, a highly renowned university committed to teaching and research related to engineering and applied science. With a charming downtown lined with mostly locally owned stores, Golden offers everything from outdoor gear to fashionable clothing boutiques, art galleries, fine dining restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cafes and taverns. Golden is one of the most fun and interesting towns on the Front Range with delicious food and drink, outstanding shopping and also has no shortage of fun events. Golden offers every type of outdoor recreation Colorado has to offer, from kayaking to some of the top rock-climbing locations in the nation; from easy hiking trails to challenging climbs; from flat paved bike paths to some of the most difficult mountain-biking trails near Denver. The city maintains 253 acres of parks with thousands of acres of nearby publicly owned open space. The Clear Creek walking paths are incredibly popular, and Clear Creek Whitewater Park, which was built for recreational canoeing and kayaking, has a quarter-mile course. You will love this this community!  

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