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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.
Set on 16 landscaped acres alongside Boulder Creek, this resort-style hotel is 100 yards from the University of Colorado campus and 1 block from Twenty Ninth Street shops and restaurants.
Situated in Lyons, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sandstone Park and Meadow Park. Lyons Town Hall and Planet Bluegrass are also within 10 minutes.
Set next to the Flatiron Crossing Shopping Complex, this golf and spa hotel is midway between Denver—approximately 15 miles away—and Boulder, approximately 10 miles away.
Renaissance Boulder FlatIron Hotel places guests opposite FlatIron Crossing Shopping Center, a 20-minute drive from downtown Boulder and 30 minutes from Denver Airport. Hikers and drinkers can hit Open Space & Mountain Parks and Coors Brewery respectively, both within 30 minutes of the hotel.
Conveniently located across the street from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Best Western Plus Boulder Inn is perfectly placed for lovers of the great outdoors. Guests can walk 1.6 miles (2.8 km) to Chautauqua Park for views of the Flatirons, or hike the Boulder Creek Path, which runs for 10 miles (16 km) alongside the city.
Situated in Boulder, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of NIST Headquarters, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Folsom Field. NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory and Sommer Bausch Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Louisville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coal Creek Golf Course and Superior Historical Museum. Louisville Historical Museum is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel is located within 5 miles of the Boulder County Fairgrounds, golf, and shopping; downtown Boulder is 13 miles away, and Denver is within 35 miles.