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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 which includes a sunset and kayaking or canoeing as well as a large group of people

Central Boulder

4/5Very Good!(10 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 which includes cuddly or friendly animals

North Central Westminster

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 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 featuring a fountain

Downtown

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

Downtown
North Westminster, Westminster, Colorado, United States of America

North Westminster

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

North Westminster might not have many top sights, but Orchard Town Center and Butterfly Pavilion are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

North Westminster
East Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

East Boulder

East Boulder might not have many top sights, but Pearl Street Mall and Folsom Field are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

East Boulder
University Hill, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

University Hill

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

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 £142 per night

Located in Central Boulder, this historic hotel is steps away from Boulder Theater and Pearl Street Mall. University of Colorado-Boulder and Folsom Field are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

"Beautiful historic property. Rooms are very spacious with plenty of amenities. Spent one night and thoroughly enjoyed. The restaurant and bar are great."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 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 £72 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! (657 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 28 Jul 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Broomfield
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Omni Interlocken Hotel
4 out of 5
500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO
The price is £115 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! (953 reviews)

"Great time at the pool, even during COVID! Great staff."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Omni Interlocken Hotel

Popular places to visit in Boulder

Pearl Street Mall
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Pearl Street Mall

4.5/5(13 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(2 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

Find out what shows are happening at Boulder Theater, a favourite theatre 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

£109
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

£117
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Electric Cruiser Fat Tire Bike Tour - Best of Boulder
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Electric Cruiser Fat Tire Bike Tour - Best of Boulder

£75
Per adult
Boulder Hike and Beer
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Boulder Hike and Beer

£63
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

£588
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.

£13
Per adult

Reviews of Boulder

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Definitely worth a visit! Lovely city with plenty to see and do, especially if you like enjoying the great outdoors. Everyone I met was so friendly too!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Apr 2019

Do the Rocky Mountain Park excursion, a full day and fabulous. If the correct season then skiing in Eldora was good for half a day. Hiking in Boulder park also fabulous and a basketball game in Denver was great. Transportation around Boulder is fab.

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