Idaho Springs is a popular tourist destination in the Colorado Rockies. The town is about 40 miles west of Denver. In rush hour traffic, it is about a 6 hour drive. Okay, okay, it only took three hours to get from one town to the next, but it felt like six.
It is a classic western mining town. Close to Denver, it is now a trendy tourist destination. The Arco Gold Mine offers mining tours, there are numerous restaurants, and art stores.