10 Attractions to Explore

Here are just a few of Boulder’s favorite attractions, landmarks and things to do.

  1. The Flatirons Boulder’s iconic, slanting sandstone mountains are worth a stop for photos — or to hike the network of trails leaving from the Chautauqua Trailhead.
  2. Pearl Street This brick-paved pedestrian street is lined with shops, cafes and eateries. Stroll down to see street performers and excellent people-watching.
  3. Celestial Seasonings Take a fascinating, free tour of one of North America’s largest tea factories.
  4. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Admire the hand-carved, hand-painted wonder of this Tajikistan teahouse, gifted to the city of Boulder.
  5. Museum of Boulder Make a stop here for an engaging exhibit on Boulder’s past, present and future.
  6. Colorado Chautauqua Discover a key part of Boulder’s history at one of the nation’s few remaining Chautauquas (institutions dedicated to education and the appreciation of art and nature).
  7. National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR’s Visitor Center offers state-of-the-art science exhibits and tours.
  8. Gateway Fun Park Play mini golf, ride go karts, try the batting cages, hit golf balls or play in the arcade.
  9. Twenty Ninth Street Shop major retailers and take in Flatirons views.
  10. University of Colorado Boulder Stroll the beautiful campus, visit three free museums, see a start show at Fiske Planetarium or catch a football game at Folsom Field.

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Restaurants & NightlifeRestaurants

Downtown Boulder Dining: A great local guide to all the downtown restaurants.
Boulder’s Restaurants: A comprehensive list of eateries across town.
Nightlife: Bars, pubs, theaters and concert halls.
Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries: Explore Boulder’s Beer Trail.

Outdoor Recreation & ToursFlatirons2new

There are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors in Boulder: hiking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and more. Here are a few top stops, shops and tour operators.

By Bike Rent your own from University Bicycles, or choose a guided tour with Beyond Boulder Adventures, Boulder Bike Tours or many others.

By Air Go on a glider rides (or take a lesson) above the scenic Boulder foothills with Mile High Glider Rides. Or take a hot air balloon ride with Fair Winds Hot Air Balloons Flights.

By Bus Cruise around with Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours to learn historic tidbits about Boulder aboard a school bus-turned-hillbilly shack on wheels.

On Water Go tubing or wade in babbling Boulder Creek, or paddleboard, swim, boat or kayak at the Boulder Reservoir.

By Foot Hike on some 150 miles of trails right in Boulder, or learn about Boulder’s character with an operator like Boulder Walking Tours.

Beer Tours Many of Boulder’s breweries offer guests behind-the-scenes tours, or choose an operator like Boulder Brew Tours.

Science Tours Visit National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) or the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration for incredible science and climate insights.

Shopping

Downtown Boulder: Pearl Street and the surrounding downtown blocks are filled with independent shops, outdoor gear stores, books stores and more.
Twenty Ninth Street: Over 100 shops, eateries and department stores in an outdoor setting with Flatirons views.
The Village Boulder Shopping Center: Locally owned shops, ski gear, plus everyone’s favorite store for everything under the sun – McGuckin Hardware.
Boulder County Farmers Market: Peruse and sample goodies at one of the best markets in the country.

Arts, Culture & EntertainmentBoulder Band Shell

Concerts: Catch nationally touring rock, pop and other musical acts at the Boulder Theater, Fox Theatre or (in summer) the Chautauqua Auditorium.

Art Museums: Hit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art or CU Art Museum for thought-provoking installations.

Classical Music: The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Boulder Bach Festival and more all have dazzling programs throughout the year.

Theater and Dance: Check the calendar at the Dairy Arts Center — a major performing arts hub and gallery space in Boulder — for the latest dance and theater productions. Or catch a show at Macky Auditorium, BDT Stage or Nomad Playhouse.

Festivals: There are dozens of great events throughout the year, including the Boulder International Film Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Bolder Boulder 10K Memorial Day race, Colorado Music Festival, Pearl Street Arts Fest and more.

Getting to Boulder

Arriving by car Denver International Airport is an easy, relatively flat, 45-minute drive from Boulder. From Denver International Airport, exit the airport and proceed on E 86th Avenue to Pena Blvd. Keep right to stay on Peña Blvd. Take exit 6B toward Boulder/Ft Collins. Merge onto E470 N (note: this is a toll road). In 17.5 miles keep left to continue on Northwest Pkwy. In 9.4 miles take a slight right toward US-36 W/Denver Boulder turnpike. Merge onto US-36 W. In 9.2 miles take the Canyon Blvd. exit.

Arriving by bus Visit RTD’s website to plan your trip via the Route AB bus from Denver International Airport or from Denver’s Union Station. It’s a fairly easy way to get to Boulder, and it’s economical at just $10.50 each way.

Boulder SuperShuttle: Door-to-door transportation to DIA.

Green Ride Boulder: Green Ride offers private charter service and can accommodate up to three groups of 20 people at a time with services between Wyoming and Colorado and between DIA and Fort Collins.

Boulder Transport: Luxury limousine, airport and contract transportation services.

Getting Around BoulderBike Rentals

The Hop: The Hop city bus runs a convenient loop through Boulder’s key areas (downtown, CU campus, Twenty Ninth Street and the Hill) every 12 to 20 minutes and is just $3 for a 3-hour pass.

LyftUber or Z Trip: These apps all service Boulder — in town and to/from DIA.

ExecuCar Boulder: A Super Shuttle company that provides business-class sedan service throughout Boulder County and statewide.

RTD Schedules: Most public buses in Boulder are run by RTD. Get information including schedules, kiosk locations, fares and route planning.

Boulder B-Cycle: Rent a bike from one of dozens of public bike-sharing kiosks and return it when you’re done.

BHMA PartnersBoulder Magazine

  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce: A resource for Boulder County information
  • Boulder Visitors and Convention Bureau: The official tourism marketing organization of Boulder, providing information for visitors and meeting planners
  • Boulder Magazine: Boulder’s lifestyle magazine since 1978, profiling local events, sports, entertainment and more
  • SuperShuttle Boulder: The nation’s premier shared-ride home and hotel airport shuttle service. Frequent departures to/from all points in Boulder County. Check in at our ticket counter on Level5/Baggage Claim of the Main Terminal at DIA.
  • Travel Host of Denver/Boulder & Mountains: Travel information and in-room guides
  • Studio R Interiors: A design and purchasing firm specializing in hospitality interior design
  • City of Boulder: General information on the City of Boulder
  • Out Boulder: Connecting Boulder County’s LGBT community since 1994
  • Green Ride Boulder: Green Ride Boulder is the most efficient and reliable Denver International Airport Shuttle in the greater Boulder area.
  • Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association: With over 40,000 guest rooms throughout the state, we’ll help you find the perfect place to stay — from guest ranches and vacation rental condominiums to bed-and-breakfasts, luxury hotels and everything in between.
  • Boulder Source: RE/MAX of Boulder’s community news, events calendar, and business directory website.
  • Grounds for Promotion: This digital advertising and lead generation agency has been serving clients in Boulder, Denver and beyond since 2012.

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