Does the Colorado State Capitol look familiar? It should: it was designed to look like the U.S. Capitol. The building was opened in 1894; to commemorate the anniversary of the 1859 gold rush that led to the founding of Denver the dome was covered with 200 ounces of gold in 1908. Free tours Monday through Friday take guests through all parts of the building, including the House and Senate chambers. The interior is faced with rose marble quarried in nearby Beulah, a stone so rare that the world’s entire known supply was used in this building, and there are portraits of all of the U.S. presidents and stained glass commemorating famous residents. Coloradans are especially proud of the small exhibit on former Gov. Ralph Carr, who defied a presidential order and refused to send Colorado Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II. Out on the Capitol steps, stop and take your photos on the step marked exactly one mile high (there are three markers; the one on the 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level). And check out the view: It’s against the law to construct anything that would block the view of the mountains from the Capitol, so you can see for miles.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 07:30 AM to 05:00 PM
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