Penny-Smashing Road Trip

Millions of tourists visit Colorado each year with a short list of things to see while they’re here: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Estes Park, the Coors brewery and the like. But for some 'elongate collectors', the pilgrimage to these locations is made to obtain more than just new memories.

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6. Forney Museum of Transportation

4303 Brighton Boulevard, Denver

Check out the classic cars and trains, as well as exhibits from Denver’s old wax museum, including Gen. George A. Custer and Colorado cannibal Alfred Packer.


7. Lakeside Amusement Park

4601 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver

You can ride the rollercoasters or just enjoy a lazy day in the amusement park that’s been a Denver institution since 1908.


8. The Gold Mine

230 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park

The shops of Elkhorn Avenue specialize in pennies with bears on them, and no design is cuter than the bear cub at The Gold Mine.


9. Buffalo Bill’s Grave, Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop

987 Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden

Bag some pennies in the gift shop, experience the Buffalo Bill museum and catch a spectacular view of Denver from the top of Lookout Mountain.


10. Coors Brewery

13th and Ford streets, Golden

There are a lot of breweries to tour in Colorado, but this is the biggest and probably the only one where you can smash pennies.


11. Cave of the Winds

100 Cave of the Winds Rd., Manitou Springs

The penny machine is near the gift shop, though it would be neat if it were actually inside the vast cave system.


12. Georgetown Loop Railroad

Interstate 70, Exit 226, Silver Plume

Ride the steam locomotive from Georgetown to Silver Plume, with an optional tour of a historic silver mine along the way.


13. Butterfly Pavilion

6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster

Walk among tropical butterflies, hold Rosie the tarantula and then create an “I Held Rosie” penny.

(This story originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Colorado Life Magazine)

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