Many Thanks to Tolga Tutar, Heather Lopez,
JP, Jennifer Cheryl, and Molly Brown
for their awesome recommendations!
MUST SPEND AT LEAST 3 DAYS
to maximize and fully experience the
“Must Eat, See, Do” recommendations listed below
No longer filled with many of the hippies this town is known for, Boulder is a great college city. Here you can find excellent shopping, eateries and nightlife. Follow a stroll down Pearl Street with a hike up the Flat Irons in the famed Chautauqua Park.
1. Rent a bike and explore the city via bike paths.
You can get a maps at one of the numerous local bike shops. Boulder is a fantastically bike-friendly place and in many instances it is much faster to get around town by bike rather than by car. Bonus karma points for reducing your carbon footprint during your stay.
2. Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour:
Always a ton of fun. Billy is a great entertainer and really knows his Boulder history. http://www.banjobilly.com/
3. Take a hike.
Chautauqua is a great place to start, you can hike up to the base of the flatirons among other places. Mt. Sanitas is a popular trail as well and had great views of the city from the top.
4. Drink beer.
Boulder is crazy about beer and has multiple (7?) excellent microbreweries within city limits. Pair with bike exploration and you have the perfect day set out for you 🙂
5. Stroll Pearl St.
It’s outdoor, busy, and beautiful. You can easily spend a day walking up and down if you go into all the shops and take time to snack/drink/eat at the excellent restaurants in between.
BEST MONTH/SEASON TO VISIT
Bus and bike are definitely my choice. You can easily take a bus from DIA to downtown Boulder, and rent a bike once you are in town. It is almost always faster to get around town on bike during the day.
1. Chautautua Open Space/Park
Beautiful park that hosts cultural events, lovely gardens and picnic areas. Lots of hiking trails also start form here
A favorite of everybody and their dog in Boulder.
Excellent views of the iconic flatirons and tons of opportunities for hiking, both mellow and more strenuous. Plus, from the trailhead you can easily start driving up Flagstaff Mountain, which offers ample opportunities to get a view of the city from higher elevation.
The Royal Arch trail is my favorite, great views of the city at the top and not a very long walk, 3.2 miles round trip. http://www.protrails.com/trail.php?trailID=69
2. Pearl St. Mall: Historic Downtown
3. University of Colorado at Boulder
4. Boulder Farmer’s Market
5. Columbia Cemetery
A gorgeous cemetery where many Boulder pioneers have been buried. At 9th and Pleasant in the historic University Hill neighborhood.
7. Local Breweries
8. Mt. Sanitas
9. Take a walk on the Boulder Creek Path
10. if you drive up Baseline Rd
So much amazing food in the city…
it’s really hard to go wrong if you are downtown.
Some of my favorites are:
1. The Mountain Sun:
2. The Black Cat:
4. Snooze AM Eatery:
Amazing Margaritas, Manchego & Chimichurri fries, and enchilada!
7. Have lunch/afternoon tea or dinner at the Dushanbe Tea House
(a hand carved/hand painted traditional teahouse gifted to the city of Boulder from our sister city Tajikistan. http://www.boulderteahouse.com/
8. Illegal Petes is super good super quick Mexican food.
Best Appetizers and Happy Hour (Happy Hour everyday from 3:00 to 6:30pm)
*** The Boulder nightlife is really dominated by the college crowd, which equates to a lot of binge drinking, partying, and bad Top 40 music being played at the popular bars. If you are looking for a more balanced or mature experience and better music, I would suggest you head to Denver. Downtown is excellent for pub crawls and also happens to be the location of Beta, voted the best dance club in North America for 2011 and 15th in the world. ***
1. Catch a show at the Fox or Boulder Theater.
There is an amazing variety of artists that come through these venues on a monthly basis. Pair that with historic, intimate venues and you’re in for a great show. http://www.foxtheatre.com and http://www.bouldertheater.com/
2. Pearl St. Bar Crawl:
There are a ton of places to drink on Pearl St., ranging from the perpetually over-crowded-with-students dive bars to high-end restaurant bars and a wine bar on the West End. It’s easy to find places that do not charge a cover, and many have live music and dancing many nights of the week. Just go explore until you find a place with the right drink menu and atmosphere for you.
Head up to Boulder to experience college nightlife on the Pearl Street Mall. Covers are rare, if not unheard of, and you can easily bar hop from one rowdy college bar to another.
3. Left Hand Brewery
It is located in Longmont, a bit outside of the city but you have to taste its porters.