Golden is an affluent suburb about 12 miles west of Denver. Many baby boomers will recall that Golden was the home of the Coors Brewery, where the local water led to its fabled taste, so great that the beer was often transported cross country to amaze friends in the east. The brewery, once the largest in the world, is still here, but now owned by Molson Coors Brewing. The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden, as is the American Mountaineering Center (which includes Outward Bound). The population of this former gold rush town is about 19,000. There is a nice central downtown.