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Boulder
Travel Guide

Outdoor adventures, wild mountain scenery, vast open spaces and a lively downtown area are the big draws of this attractive Colorado town.

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.

Top Hotels in Boulder

Hotel Boulderado
Hotel Boulderado
3.5 out of 5
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO
The price is CA $161 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,108 reviews)

"old preserved building historical confortable and clean"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Hotel Boulderado
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
3.5 out of 5
2601 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO
The price is CA $143 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Central Boulder, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Twenty Ninth Street and University of Colorado-Boulder. Folsom Field and Pearl Street Mall ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (584 reviews)

"Nice breakfast and happy hour! Enjoyed pool and workout facility."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
Millennium Harvest House Boulder
Millennium Harvest House Boulder
3 out of 5
1345 28th St, Boulder, CO
The price is CA $94 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in the heart of Boulder, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Colorado-Boulder and Folsom Field. Fox Theater and Pearl Street Mall ...

3.2/5 (1,100 reviews)

"Great location for walking to shopping transportation and grocery store. I had a leaky Fossett in my shower dribbled. Also the shower went from hot to cold hot to cold it was not relaxing had to continually adjust it."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2021

Millennium Harvest House Boulder
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Boulder

Colorado Chautauqua
Colorado Chautauqua
3 out of 5
900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO
The price is CA $158 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Central Boulder, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Flatirons and Chautauqua Park. Fox Theater and University of Colorado-Boulder are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (181 reviews)

"Located near all the trails leading into the Mountains. Felt separate from being in the town of boulder!:)"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

Colorado Chautauqua
5luxury Downtown Boulder!??
5luxury Downtown Boulder!??
Boulder, CO
The price is CA $279 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27

Located in Central Boulder, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Pearl Street Mall and Boulder Theater. University of Colorado-Boulder and ...

5/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Birthday vacation

"We had a wonderful stay! The property was beautiful, clean, and a great location. Philip and Katie were great and communication was fantastic. We loved the little touches, like our welcome basket full of local snacks, and a bottle of wine. Highly recommend this rental!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 10, 2021

5luxury Downtown Boulder!??
Charming Carriage House In Prospect New Town
Charming Carriage House In Prospect New Town
Longmont, CO
The price is CA $95 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Situated in the mountains, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Longmont Museum, Dougherty Museum, and Sunflower Farm. Wibby Brewing and Dry Land Distillers ...

5/5Exceptional! (132 reviews)
Charming

"We were warmly welcomed into this charming cottage with a cozy fire, treats, coffee, and a hello. We enjoyed this well appointed cottage and the sweet little town of Prospect. The location is perfect for adventures in Boulder or Louisville as well. We were grateful for the space shared for our Mother/Daughter ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Charming Carriage House In Prospect New Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Boulder

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5/5 - Excellent

G

Oct 10, 2019

Boulder great, this hotel not. Terrible value for price. Industrial zone and dead after 5pm. Visit Boulder, but stay elsewhere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 24, 2019

Great running scene obviously, which was the reason for coming out here. Friendly running community and a cute downtown area.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Aug 6, 2019

Flat iron hike was beautiful Good restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Liz

Apr 16, 2019

We loved every minute of our time in Boulder. The scenery is spectacular, the atmosphere is very chill, people are very friendly and we liked the restaurants. Everyone should experience thus place at least once!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2019

Expensive

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