Mountain-Town Getaway: Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Central City & Blackhawk

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Find Gold Rush lore, modern-day prospectors, railroad adventure and cooler temps just 40 minutes west of Denver.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

Volunteer with Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, where you can cast replica fossils for use in educational projects and for sale in the Dinosaur Ridge gift shop.

Day
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Activity
Georgetown Loop Railroad
Climb aboard one of Colorado's famous historic narrow gauge railroads. This engineering marvel takes you high over the Devil's Gate Bridge and…
Lunch
Lucha Cantina Georgetown
Located at the heart of historic Georgetown in the former iconic Red Ram Saloon, Lucha uses pure, natural ingredients to create super-tasty…
Activity
Hotel de Paris Museum
Hotel de Paris Museum, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames…
Insider's Tip
Other Nearby Museums

If you still have time, move on to the nearby Hamill House or Energy Museum.

Dinner
Cooper's on the Creek
Cooper’s on the Creek is located in the Georgetown, 45 miles west of Denver on the I-70 corridor. Our menu features seasonally inspired cuisine,…
Activity
Guanella Pass Scenic & Historic Byway
Follows an old wagon trail used by miners traveling between Georgetown and Grant. Gold lured miners and others to the area, but it was silver that…
Lodging
Hotel Chateau Chamonix
Exquisite boutique hotel featuring a French Alps architecture. Our property offers fireplaces, steam showers, hot tubs and many other amenities to…
Day
2
Breakfast
A Whistle Stop Cafe
Grab-n-go-breakfast menu all wrapped up and ready to go!
Activity
Mount Evans - Scenic and Historic Byway
One of the best places to catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep.
Insider's Tip
Stops Along the Byway

Stop at Echo Lake Park for hiking or fishing and Lawson Adventure Park for disc golf, climbing wall, via ferrata, bungee tramp and more.

Lunch
MTN Prime
Colorado-raised, USDA Choice steaks are just the beginning at MTN Prime - Idaho Springs' new steakhouse. Try the Colorado Elk Stew, prepared with…
Activity
Colorado Adventure Center
The Colorado Adventure Center offers world class whitewater rafting,…
Dinner
Tommy Knocker Brewery and Pub
For more than 20 years, Tommyknocker Brewery has been passionately crafting award winning ales and lagers.
Activity
Walking Tour of Idaho Springs
Walking tour guides available at the Idaho Springs Visitor Center.
Lodging
Columbine Inn
Nestled in the heart of Idaho Springs, Colorado in a rustic Rocky Mountain setting, the Columbine Inn offers complete comfort in new and remodeled…
Day
3
Breakfast
Marions of the Rockies
We are cookin up our very popular breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, angus burgers, fried chicken, mountain style chicken fried steaks…
Activity
Argo Mill & Tunnel
The Argo Mill, Mine and Museum tour is educational and fun for all ages!  During its heyday, the mine procesed more than one hundred million…
Lunch
Fireside Kitchen
At Fireside Kitchen, we wanted to capture those magical moments around the campfire. Here, you’ll find your favorite comfort foods, served with a…
Activity
Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
ACCENT ON AN EXTRODINARY DESTINATION The Buffet Black Hawk's premiere buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily featuring…
Dinner
Timberline Grill Steakhouse
When you're savoring one of our signature dishes, such as cedar plank salmon or roasted prime rib, in front of a roaring fire, it's easy to…
Activity
Central City Opera House
Founded in 1932, Central City Opera is the fifth oldest professional opera company in the country. The world-renowned summer festival is held…
Lodging
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa
Ameristar is a 4-diamond luxury resort located in Black Hawk, CO. Ameristar features a 536-room hotel, 5 restaurants, Starbucks, a full service…