1/13 Cripple Creek, Colorado

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Located on the eastern slope of Pikes Peak west of Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek bills itself as the "World's Greatest Gold Camp." More than 22 million ounces of gold was discovered here, and in its heyday aroundthe turn of the 20th century, it was a booming city with a population of over 55,000. Today, it's home to just a little more than 1,000, but it offers a wealth of sights and attractions to explore.


Boo and hiss at the villain in melodramas at the historic Butte Theater, descend 1,000 feet underground in an original 1890s gold mine and experience the opulence of the Old Homestead House, once the most famous brothel in town. You can even enjoy the spectacular scenery by taking a ride on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad or try your luck in one of the many casinos. Just taking a walk around town, checking out the historic buildings, stunning Victorians and old mining homes makes for a good time.