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Colorado State Capitol Building
Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, Tours and Excursions
Colorado's State Capitol Building is well worth visiting for one of the free weekday tours. The building, finished in 1901, was designed by Elijah E Meyers to evoke the layout of the capitol in... Read More
Colorado's State Capitol Building is well worth visiting for one of the free weekday tours. The building, finished in 1901, was designed by Elijah E Meyers to evoke the layout of the capitol in Washington, DC. The white granite, rose onyx and marble in the building were all quarried in Colorado, and it took 200 ounces of gold to gild the gleaming dome, a gift from Colorado gold miners in 1908. Inside, look for carved statues, stained-glass windows and hand-painted renderings of U.S. presidents. Outside, view memorials dedicated to patriots who served the country and the state. Guided tours are available between 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Because school groups book many of the tour times well in advance, consider going when school isn't in session. You can do a self-guided tour, but you can only visit the dome with a guide.
- Building: Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm
- Tours (Sep - May): Mon-Fri 9:15am-2:30pm
- Tours (Jun - Aug): Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm
- Free Things to Do: "Free tours of Colorado's State Capitol Building are offered between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday only. The building is closed on weekends."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: It doesn't cost a cent to climb to the 15th step on the building's west side and snap a picture standing exactly a mile high.