IDAHO SPRINGS | The historic town of Idaho Springs was founded in 1859, at the site where gold was first discovered in Colorado. It’s just 40 minute drive east of Denver, and a perfect place to stop into on the way to white-water rafting on Clear Creek, or Mount Blue Sky.
The town’s history can be seen all over. The Argo Gold Mine & Mill still stands, and visitors can take a tour of the old gold mill and what was once the longest mining tunnel in the world.
Most of what Idaho Springs has to offer is centred around its historic main street, Miner Street. It’s a beautiful street, lined with well maintained late-19th century buildings. Inside them, you’ll find an assortment of independent boutiques, and places to eat and drink.
Visit Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza, the birthplace of the Colorado Style Pizza, for a unique pizza, similar to Chicago Style deep dish. If you’re thirsty, check out local craft breweries Tommyknocker Brewery and Westbound & Down Brewing Company. For a local’ svibe, head off the main street to saloon the Vintage Moose.