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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.

Where to stay in Boulder

Boulder featuring kayaking or canoeing and a sunset as well as a large group of people

Central Boulder

4.5/5Wonderful!(433 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Central Boulder, Pearl Street Mall and Boulder Theater are top sights worth seeing.

Central Boulder
Butterfly Pavilion showing cuddly or friendly animals

North Central Westminster

4.5/5Wonderful!(186 area reviews)

While visiting North Central Westminster, you might make a stop by sights like Butterfly Pavilion and Ice Centre At the Promenade.

North Central Westminster
Pearl Street Mall which includes a fountain

Downtown

While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Pearl Street Mall and Boulder Theater.

Downtown
Geese family at McKay Lake

North Westminster

4/5Very Good!(608 area reviews)

While North Westminster isn't home to many top sights, Orchard Town Center and Butterfly Pavilion are some notable places to visit nearby.

North Westminster
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East Boulder

3.5/5Good!(27 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in East Boulder, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Pearl Street Mall and Folsom Field.

East Boulder
A nice silhouette of the flatirons at sunset

University Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Unique features of University Hill include the shopping and restaurants. Make a stop by Fox Theater or Boulder Public Library while you're exploring the area.

University Hill

Top Hotels in Boulder

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Boulderado
Hotel Boulderado
3.5 out of 5
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO
The price is $165 per night

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! (990 reviews)

"Very cozy"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Hotel Boulderado
Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield
Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield
3 out of 5
948 West Dillon Road, Louisville, CO
The price is $84 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Coal Creek Golf Course and Superior Historical Museum. Dog Beach and Louisville Historical ...

4.3/5Excellent! (656 reviews)

"Not the property’s fault but I didn’t like the hotel Restaurant and bar was closed. Pool by appointment was overboard."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Omni Interlocken Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO
The price is $122 per night

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! (952 reviews)

"Always knowledgeable and courteous staff. Check In is quick and received notification of deliveries promptly."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Omni Interlocken Hotel

Popular places to visit in Boulder

Pearl Street Mall
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Pearl Street Mall

4.5/5(1,272 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

4.5/5(455 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.

Boulder Theater
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Boulder Theater

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Get tickets for a show at Boulder Theater, a beloved theater in Boulder. Discover the area's mountain views and top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Boulder

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

$139
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

$149
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Boulder Hike and Beer
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Boulder Hike and Beer

$79
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour
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Private Full-Day Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

$749
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Colorado
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Colorado

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
A natural healing experience in a private epsom salt bath.
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A natural healing experience in a private epsom salt bath.

$16
Per adult

Reviews of Boulder

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.453416149068325%
3 - Okay
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

Will this facility ever be open for business?

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Lovely town! Worth spending time shopping, eating, hiking, and exploring the mountains!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous city! Am planning on moving there soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

so beautiful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 14, 2020

Boulder needs to lighten up.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 5, 2020

Beautiful!

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