Boulder Travel Guide

Nestled right on the eastern flanks of the towering Rocky Mountains, Boulder is more than just a gateway to mountain fun. With bustling Denver 30-minutes drive to the south, this center of art, education and outdoor recreation offers a placid alternative to Colorado’s massive capital. Tourists are drawn to the beauty and progressive nature of the town, where trendy cafés and brewpubs offer a rewarding indulgence after a day of exertion.

One look at the surreal backdrop provided by the Flat Irons rock outcroppings, which jut out of the foothills like shark fins, and you can see why people consider Boulder a special town. With its heady mix of intellectual and eco-conscious residents, progressive urban planning is a major focus. The bike path that winds along downtown Boulder Creek offers both alternative transport and a touch of nature.

Pearl street’s pedestrian mall anchors the town with excellent shopping, eating and drinking. Lovely old Victorian homes, many of which are bed and breakfasts, line the broad leafy streets, while the Hill district plays host to the university scene, where students keep the town buzzing with live music and brewpubs. But drive 10 minutes to the west and you’re already into the great Rocky Mountains, where the outdoor opportunities are endless.

Boulder attractions

Eldorado Canyon State Park: the sheer rock faces of this canyon area are a mecca for rock climbers, but hikers can also enjoy the 12 miles of wilderness trails.

Historic downtown district: turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and buildings line the flat, leafy streets of downtown Boulder offering a wonderful walking environment.

Pearl Street mall: this four-block pedestrian mall is the center of life in Boulder and is where everyone comes to shop, eat, drink or just hang out and watch life trickle by.

Boulder Creek Path: this 16-mile paved creek-side pathway runs right through the heart of town, offering shady respite and ideal place to take a stroll.

Boulder History Museum: artifacts, old photographs and documents tell the story of Boulder’s rise to prominence during the wild frontier and mining days of the 1800s.

Celestial Seasonings: one of North America’s most popular tea companies started right here in Boulder, and you can tour their impressive facilities and see how it’s manufactured.

Chautauqua Park: is home to the stunning Flat Irons and a gateway to hiking, rock climbing and outdoor pursuits. It lies right at the end of the town’s paved streets.