Boulder, CO

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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.

Where to stay in Boulder

Millennium Harvest House Boulder
Millennium Harvest House Boulder
3 out of 5
1345 28th St, Boulder, CO
Fully refundable
The price is $111 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 (1,106 reviews)
"The grounds were very nice. We could walk or take a short Uber ride to places. Wish more was open (restaurant and bar) but understand reasons. Breakfast was a nice option."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Millennium Harvest House Boulder
Hotel Boulderado
Hotel Boulderado
3.5 out of 5
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO
The price is $189 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in Central Boulder, this historic hotel is steps from Pearl Street Mall and Boulder Theater. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Central Park are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,152 reviews)
"Beautiful historical hotel in a prime location especially if you are going to a show at Boulder Theater, which was the reason for my visit but really loved how close it was to many great restaurants not to mention the Corner Bar in the hotel was fantastic."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Hotel Boulderado
Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
3.5 out of 5
770 28th Street, Boulder, CO
The price is $169 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in East Boulder, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Colorado-Boulder, NIST Headquarters, and Folsom Field. NOAA's Earth System ...
4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"This property was an easy drive to University of Colorado Boulder which my daughter and I were touring. Our room was clean and adequate for our purposes. I liked that parking was free and breakfast was included. The people working there were pleasing. As a suggestion, it would be nice if there was ..."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
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.
Homewood Suites Boulder
Homewood Suites Boulder
3 out of 5
4950 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO
The price is $183 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in East Boulder, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder Creek, and Boulder Community Hospital. Foothills Hospital ...
4.3/5Excellent! (641 reviews)
"Quiet and convenient to shopping/ hiking/ etc. I did have a car and there was good parking however the lot did get full at night. The grab and go breakfast was great. Good stay. I would stay again. Only con is limited silverware in room and the A/C was a bit loud for a central air unit but that may ..."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Homewood Suites Boulder
Colorado Chautauqua
Colorado Chautauqua
3 out of 5
900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO
The price is $216 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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! (224 reviews)
"We stayed on property for a concert at the big barn and it was an amazing experience"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Colorado Chautauqua
Stylish Mountain Home with Private Creek Access
Stylish Mountain Home with Private Creek Access
Boulder, CO
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carousel of Happiness, Boulder Creek, and Switzerland Trail. Eldora Mountain ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Beautiful Stay
"Unfortunately we had to depart early, but the house is lovely and exactly as pictured. The property manager was super helpful and lovely, and I would very happily book this rental again! Only small note is that the bathroom on the lower level is fully open to the bedroom (there is no door) which ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Stylish Mountain Home with Private Creek Access
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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