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Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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Government Building Tourist Spot
With its gold-plated dome and elegant design, Colorado State Capitol is one of the stunners in the Denver skyline. Inside the building constructed from white Colorado granite, stained-glass windows tell the stories of the state's past. The gold on the dome symbolizes the Colorado Gold Rush. Head inside to see marble that's found only in Colorado, such as White Yule and Colorado Rose Onyx. The western steps bear the mile-high signs that mark the city's elevation. A tour of the building takes you through the state chambers and allows you admire the architecture, learn about the history of Colorado, and enjoy the view of the city and the Rocky Mountains from the observation area on the dome. Tours are free, but reserve your spot at least two weeks in advance due to limited space and high demand. Work out when and for how long to visit Colorado State Capitol and other Denver attractions using our handy Denver itinerary planner.
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  • So, I love old buildings and all that history stuff. This is a beautifully built building with lots of history. The tour was fun and informative, but the best part was getting to go up into the dome-d...  more »
  • We did a self-guided tour of the building, which has impressive stonework and iron railings. The Senate and House chambers were pretty, with access in the balcony sections. There could be more histori...  more »
  • I stopped by here on a whim while walking back to my hotel from a business meeting and it was well worth the time. The building is beautiful with a lot of history - I highly recommend the tour as it t...  more »
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  • As a voting taxpayer for a good number of years, it was about time to actually visit the capitol, with out of state guests of course. It provides a smaller, more western take on the US Capitol, with access to many interior hallways as well as senate and house chambers. We visited on a working day and saw a number of legislators, who no doubt worked hard to be elected and are well known to the politically connected, as well as the requisite lobbyists and so on. The views are striking and the marble and granite are quite incredible, worth taking a look at as you walk the halls and staircases.
  • I've seen better looking Capitol buildings, but it's the grounds, the park & the flower gardens between here & the Civic Center that make this one of the best in America.
  • The free tour is a great experience. The view from the gold dome up top is amazing.
  • Went with a large group of family, including a couple small kids, and everyone very much enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was extremely passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He kept us a bit longer than "scheduled," but we were grateful to learn more. The views from the top are stunning. A must in downtown Denver.
  • Such a nice place.. i dont know but we noticed theres not that much traffic... Denver the Capital of Colorado is such full of historic landmark 19th century buildings with mix of ultra modern buildings and complex..

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Where to stay in Denver

For a touch of class near all Denver's major attractions, book a room at one of the city's historical hotels, built during the late-19th century silver rush. Denver's oldest hotels feature opulent oak furnishings, silver chandeliers, and frescoed walls, as well as spacious rooms packed with high-tech gadgets. If you're planning your visit on a limited budget, consider the affordable hostels and bed and breakfasts located outside the central part of town. Alternatively, you can also stay at one of the mid-range hotels near the airport.
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