Golden is located 21 miles south of Boulder and 19 miles west of Denver, Colorado, abutting the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Due to its proximity to these two cities and closer distance to the ski slopes, this conservative town of ~18,000 people is pretty ideally situated. It also has a nice-but-small downtown with a western theme. Housing is also a lot less expensive than Boulder’s. However, I found the scenery much to “golden” and dry for my tastes and much less inspiring than, say, Breckenridge‘s.