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BoulderUnited States of America

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
3 out of 5
2280 Junction Pl, Boulder, CO
CA $141
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

Located in Central Boulder, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Colorado-Boulder, Pearl Street Mall and Boulder Theater. Folsom Field and Fox Theater ...

4.3/5Excellent! (952 reviews)

"The only thing that was bad was all of the children running up and down all of the halls night & day."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2020

Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
Aloft Broomfield Denver
Aloft Broomfield Denver
3 out of 5
8300 Arista Place, Broomfield, CO
CA $134
per night
May 1 - May 2

Located in West Westminster, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from 1stBank Center and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Butterfly Pavilion. Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,503 reviews)

"Always love staying here. The Aloft is such a nice hotel."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2020

Aloft Broomfield Denver
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Omni Interlocken Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO

Situated in the business district, this spa resort is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Flatiron Crossing and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from 1stBank Center. Butterfly Pavilion and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,844 reviews)

"WONDERFUL, GREAT STAFF, SUPER CLEAN, LOVE AMENITIES AS A SELECT GUEST, AND PERFECT LOCATION."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

Omni Interlocken Hotel

Popular things to do in Boulder

Pearl Street Mall
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Pearl Street Mall

4/5(19 reviews)

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.

Chautauqua Park
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Chautauqua Park

4/5(6 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Boulder

Electric Cruiser Bike Tour - Best of Boulder
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Electric Cruiser Bike Tour - Best of Boulder

CA $131
Per adult
Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour
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Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $185
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Colorado
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Colorado

CA $14
Per adult

Reviews of Boulder

4.3

Top Destination

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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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