Boulder, CO

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Boulder featuring signage and night scenes
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

Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
3 out of 5
2280 Junction Pl, Boulder, CO, 80301
The price is $128 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
$128
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Boulder. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Good Hotel
"The bed was kind of uncomfortable and the pillows were very uncomfortable. The room was clean and quiet. The staff was friendly and being able to bring our dog was great."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street
Hotel Boulderado
Hotel Boulderado
3.5 out of 5
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO, 80302
The price is $159 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$159
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in Boulder. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)
Love the Boulderado
"This is such a beautiful, historic hotel, and we were thrilled to be able to stay here. They had just put the Christmas tree and Christmas decorations up a couple days before and the lobby was gorgeous. Wish I could’ve stayed for a week!"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hotel Boulderado
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
3.5 out of 5
2601 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO, 80302
The price is $152 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$152
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Boulder. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (826 reviews)
"Great location, great staffs and everything perrrfect!"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder
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Gold Hill Greenhouse and Yurt
Gold Hill Greenhouse and Yurt
Boulder, CO
Stay at this apartment in Boulder. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attraction Switzerland Trail is located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Hidden Gem
"We loved the yurt and location! Nestled away a few minutes from the amazing historic Gold Hill. We planned to stay in city limits of Boulder but this was even better for peace and quiet and Boulder was still very close. Hiking was close and beautiful views. Can't wait to come back!"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Gold Hill Greenhouse and Yurt
Colorado Chautauqua
Colorado Chautauqua
3 out of 5
900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO, 80302
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly cottage in Boulder. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (298 reviews)
Terrible WiFi, but great nearby trails
"Overall, we enjoyed our stay. It was very close to some great hikes and a short distance to the main part of town. The cottage was very quite except for a weird ghostly noise every so often. I think it was either the refrigerator or heater. The bed itself was a decent firmness, but the pillows were ..."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Colorado Chautauqua
The Rocks 3
The Rocks 3
6671 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO, 80303
Stay at this apartment in Boulder. Enjoy free parking, an indoor pool, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Flatirons Golf Course and Mary Williams Fine ...
The Rocks 3
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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