Boulder

United States of America

Photo provided by Colorado Tourism Office/Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group
Photo provided by Colorado Tourism Office/Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group

Boulder is a university town tucked into the Flatirons foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Students are a quarter of the population, giving the town a young, lively atmosphere. With access to more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of open spaces, Boulder residents enjoy nature and active pursuits. Between hiking, skiing, downtown shopping and rich cultural experiences, you’ll find no shortage of fun things to do in this exciting city.

Boulder has more than 200 miles (321 kilometers) of hiking and bike trails with routes for all abilities, from gentle countryside paths to challenging uphill treks. In Chautauqua Park, the heart of Boulder’s trail network, take the scenic hike up to the Royal Arch, a large, rocky sandstone formation. The park also has picnic areas, a children’s playground and tennis courts. Try tubing along Boulder Creek and swimming and sailing in the Boulder Reservoir. During winter, head to the Eldora Mountain Resort for skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.

One of the city’s prettiest walks is the 5.5-mile-long (9-kilometer) Boulder Creek Path. The route passes along the banks of the creek, past shady patches and swimming spots and through parks and the downtown area.

Away from nature, spend a few hours at Pearl Street Mall. This large pedestrian-only precinct encompasses independent stores, nationwide chains and cafés. As you stroll through the four-block mall, you’ll be entertained by a lively array of street performers. The bars, microbreweries and restaurants make Pearl Street a popular nighttime destination as well.

To experience the city’s culture, visit museums, art galleries and theaters. Appreciate the artwork of local, national and international artists at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ken Bernstein Art Studio. View fossil and geology exhibits at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum. Catch a jazz performance at the Boulder Theater.

Boulder is less than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Denver and is within easy reach of many wineries and breweries. The city is an ideal base for exploring the Rocky Mountains.

Known for

Shopping, Hiking and Mountain

Top Hotels in Boulder

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Omni Interlocken Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO
CA $136/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.3/5Excellent! (1,702 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this resort is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Flatiron Crossing.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,702 reviews)

"Everything was wonderful! Enjoyed the service, the lobby was beautiful, and the rooms were clean with all amenities one would need."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2019

Omni Interlocken Hotel
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Millennium Harvest House Boulder
3 out of 5
1345 28th St, Boulder, CO
CA $126/night
Aug 26 - Aug 27
3/5 (1,963 reviews)

Located in the heart of Boulder, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boulder Fish Observatory and University of Colorado-Boulder. Folsom Field and Pearl ...

3/5 (1,963 reviews)

"Location to my daughters apartment. Close to CU Campus"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2019

Millennium Harvest House Boulder
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Hotel Boulderado
3.5 out of 5
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO
CA $214/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,833 reviews)

Located in Central Boulder, this historic hotel is steps from Boulder Theater and Pearl Street Mall. University of Colorado-Boulder and Folsom Field are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,833 reviews)

"The valet staff is great, friendly with no stress !"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 22, 2019

Hotel Boulderado

Popular things to do in Boulder

Chautauqua Park
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Chautauqua Park

Embark on gentle or rigorous hikes and photograph native wildlife at this popular city park. See cultural performances and learn about a historic education movement.

Pearl Street Mall
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Pearl Street Mall

Shop, dine or simply enjoy the atmosphere of Boulder's busy downtown shopping quarter. Relax by flower-filled gardens and let your children splash in the fountains.

Top activities in Boulder

Rocky Mountain National Park Full-Day Tour
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Rocky Mountain National Park Full-Day Tour

CA $154

Make the most of Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine with a journey into the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This tour shows off some of our favorite sights, with a comfortable ride in an upscale vehicle and plenty of time to stop and admire the incredible views.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Tour
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Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Tour

CA $189

Overview Escape into nature with our full-day adventure! Our friendly, fun tour guide will highlight all points of interest as you make your way to Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Boulder Hike and Beer
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Boulder Hike and Beer

CA $105

Overview If you're seeking a quick adventure, take a four hour tour that treats you to two of the best things about Boulder: Beautiful views and brews. Your tour guide provides locals only insight into the Frontrange before you set off for a hike at the base of Boulder's iconic Flatirons.

Zombie Scavengers Game of Boulder, CO
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Zombie Scavengers Game of Boulder, CO

CA $3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour
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Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

CA $183

Overview Make the most of your time in Colorado and treat yourself to a fully customized private tour in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This is the perfect tour for someone who simply wants ample time at each sight and a guide who treats them like family showing them all their favorite spots.

Operation City Quest of Boulder, CO
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Operation City Quest of Boulder, CO

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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