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Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder, Colorado Itineraries

Boulder’s Best in One Perfect Day

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It’s impossible to see Boulder in a day, but you can experience it. Boulder, one of the healthiest towns in the country, edges up to the sky-piercing Flatirons, which climbers love to scale. The town is filled with bicycles, runners, walkers and people who thrive on the outdoors. Numerous hiking and biking trails lead into the foothills.

Shop and eat your way through Boulder’s dense and diverse options. People watching on the Pearl Street pedestrian mall between 8th and 20th streets, is thick with locals and street entertainers. Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, has a strong mix of college students and young professionals. To get a sense of the college vibe, stroll the University of Colorado campus and its adjacent streets.

Boulder is about 45 minutes from Denver, and 60 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, but stay overnight in Boulder to best experience its nightlife. Drop into any number of breweries, bars or restaurants on Pearl Street.

Check out Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour, a 90-minute tour in an old school bus with hillbilly shack trappings. To a certain extent, passengers help decide what they want to hear about while visiting Boulder — historical facts, tall tales, ghost stories.

Walk or bike a trail in Chatauqua Park. Visit the Leanin’ Tree museum of western art. Have coffee or ice cream while people watching on Pearl Street, thick with dining choices.


Explore a Boulder Itinerary

Boulder’s Best in One Perfect Day … where outdoor fitness competes with craft brews and creative cuisine


When To Go

How Much Time To Spend

Boulder is a year-round destination. It backs against the mountains but even in the winter it doesn’t get that many snow days. When the temperature is in the 30s or 40s but the sun is shining, you’ll see locals without coats, and the college kids in t-shirts.

What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

Sleep
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

Eat
$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Shop
N/A => Not applicable

Tours
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person

Transportation

Boulder is located approximately 25 miles from downtown Denver. It’s about a 50-minute drive from Denver International Airport.

From Denver, you can reach Boulder by driving North on I-25 to US 36, which runs through Boulder. If you don’t have a car, you can hop a RTD bus to Boulder and use the local HOP circulator bus to get around town.

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