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Boulder Colorado

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Boulder Colorado Itineraries

Boulder in a Day

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Boulder, Colorado, has so much going for it you can’t “see” it in a day but you can “experience” it. Boulder is a college town (the University of Colorado) but so much more. This city edging up to the sky-piercing Flatirons, which climbers love to scale, is one of the healthiest towns in the country. The locals include a strong mix of college students and young professionals.  The town is filled with bicycles, runners, walkers and people who thrive on the outdoors.  There are numerous hiking and biking trails that lead into the foothills you see from downtown, and many concerts and cultural events.

You can shop and eat your way through the city’s huge variety of shops and restaurants. The best people watching is on the Pearl Street pedestrian mall between 8th and 20th streets, where you’ll find the locals hanging out in the restaurants and shops or just watching the  street entertainers. For a college vibe, stroll around the University of Colorado campus and the adjacent streets.

If you stay overnight, you can experience Boulder’s nightlife. Just walk along Pearl Street and into a brewery, bar or restaurant that looks intriguing.

Check out Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour. Not your Grey Line Tour, this 90-minute tour is 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, Colorado. Be prepared for history facts, tall tales or ghost stories.

Here’s an itinerary for exploring Boulder in a day. Among the suggestions: take a walk or bike ride on a trail in Chatauqua Park. In the afternoon, visit the Leanin’ Tree museum of western art and have coffee or ice cream while people watching on the Pearl Street. There, you’ll find lots of restaurants when you’re ready for dinner.


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

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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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