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Colorado State Capitol Building
Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, Tours and Excursions
Colorado's State Capitol Building offers free public tours hourly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. You can also do a self-guided tour but you can only visit the dome with a guide. The building,... Read More
Colorado's State Capitol Building offers free public tours hourly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. You can also do a self-guided tour but you can only visit the dome with a guide. The building, opened in 1894, was designed by Elijah E. Meyers to evoke the layout of the capitol in Washington, DC. The white granite, rose onyx and marble were all quarried in Colorado, and it took 200 ounces of gold to gild the dome, a gift from Colorado gold miners in 1908. Inside, look for carved statues, stained-glass windows and renderings of U.S. presidents. Outside, view memorials dedicated to patriots who served the country and the state. Then climb the steps on the building's west side to snap a selfie at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, a mile high. The correct step now is the 13th, not the 15th or 18th as previously thought.
- 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: "Because school groups book many of the tour times as much as a year in advance, consider going when school isn't in session."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The Colorado State Capitol Building provides state history, insight into the building's architecture and design and a place to stand exactly a mile high.