Earlier this month, our 9Neighborhoods' tours brought us to the picturesque holiday mountain area of Georgetown. But if you're headed west from Denver to get there, there's another town that's worth stopping by, too.

Idaho Springs is about 32 miles (a 38-minute drive) west of Denver. It's easily identifiable because of the Charlie Tayler Waterwheel, located on the eastbound side of I-70.

With a population of about 2,000 (according to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey's estimates), the 2.2-square-mile city is the most populous in Clear Creek County.