Here are some pictures from historic Georgetown, Colorado, an Old West town dating from 1859. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, it hosts one end of the Georgetown Loop Historic Steam Train. Every October, they celebrate John Denver and the movie The Christmas Gift.
A visit to The Archway, an Old West history museum, welcome center and gift shop. Visitors can tour the museum which spans Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska. The large campus is a great place for a break from your travels.
A unique, artsy community, Niwot, Colorado, is named for an Arapaho Chief whose name means "Left Hand". Niwot honors its Old West past while cultivating contemporary art, community events, restaurants and an eclectic array of shops and galleries.
The Old Prospector sculpture in Denver, Colorado, has quite a back story. Not only was it modeled after John Straughn, a larger-than-life character, it was sculpted by a German metalworker. It used to stand atop the now-gone Colorado Gold Mining Exchange building - itself a historical treasure.
Tour the city of Golden, Colorado, famous for the Coors Brewery and it's Old West atmosphere. An easy 15-mile drive from Denver and well worth the trip for restaurants, bars, souvenirs and entertainment.
Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum (Pahaska Teepee) on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO. Just outside of Denver, this is a family, kid-friendly tourist destination. The views are spectacular and the museum is well done.
Historic Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, high in the Rocky Mountains boasts a prime location next to the public hot springs pool and hand-laid tile lobby. Step into the lobby from the adjoining Glenwood Canyon Brewpub and experience a bit of upscale Old West history.