If you want to see the Mint you must have a reservation...period, and plan several months in advance to get that reservation. Tours are given on the hour and last about 40 minutes. I suggest the first tour of the day at 8am. It is the tour we took and in doing so we had no trouble finding nearby parking on the street...just bring at least $2 in quarters for the meters. As stated on the reservation form security is extremely tight...no purses, cameras, cell phones must be turned off. NO photography is allowed inside, although our guard was ok with us taking a picture of our kids from outside exit door with the door still open. You will go through airport level security screenings prior to entering. Our tour guide was very nice and willing to answer any and all questions. Do plan on learning a lot about how coins are made, the history of the mint, and how the Denver mint fits into supplying the country with coins. DON'T expect to see much in how the coins are actually made...the tour is above the working floor and largely all you see are the machines and some coins zipping by. It was amazing to see (3) 27.5 pound 99% pure gold bars (behind glass and bars), though, and overall this is a place I recommend visiting at least once. The gift shop is a nice ending for the tour and a good place to purchase a memento or two.
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