Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means houseguests will be arriving by the droves. With the onslaught comes the inevitable question: How to keep them busy?
Colorado boasts numerous places to show off to guests – and some of the best attractions are even free. From the state capitol to a candy factory, here are 5 great tours that won’t cost you a dime:
Colorado State Capitol Tour: Colorado’s capitol building sits at exactly one mile above sea level. More importantly, the Neoclassical building provides great insights into Colorado history. Tours are offered Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coors’ Golden Brewery Tour: Are there beer aficionados in your group? If so, don’t miss this stop at the world’s largest single-site brewery. The brewery not only offers a 30-minute self-paced tour of its malting, brewing and packaging processes, but guests are treated to a sample of the wares at the end (for those over 21). Tours are Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
National Center for Atmospheric Research: Touch a cloud, steer a hurricane, take a look at the sun and more. Open 363 days a year, NCAR’s Visitor Center offers both guided and self-guided tours of its exhibits about weather and climate. Tour times vary. See website —http://scied.ucar.edu/visit/ncar-public-tours— for information.
The Denver Money Museum: View real currency dating back to 1775, see a $100,000 bill up close—and leave with a bag of shredded currency! The museum is a branch of The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, part of the system that makes up our nation’s central bank. Visitors are invited to view exhibits, with audio- and iPad-guided tour options. The museum is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hammond’s Candy Factory: See how Hammond’s famous, handcrafted candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops are pulled, twisted, and shaped by hand – just like they were in 1920. Tours run every half hour Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.