Planning a trip to Boulder? Our experienced travel editors break down the town so you can make the most of your stay. Let these itineraries be your guide, whether you're here for a weekend or a whole week.
2Head up the hill to the south to the University of Colorado campus, visiting Old Main and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Stroll down the hill.
3On Saturday mornings or Wednesday afternoons in the warm months, take 13th Street and visit the Boulder County Farmers’ Market between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, where you’ll also find the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
4If you are inclined for one fine-dining extravagance, make dinner reservations at Frasca Food and Wine, one of Colorado’s most-honored restaurants. The stylish T-Zero Lounge in the St. Julien Hotel is a fitting place for a nightcap.
1Have breakfast at the Chautauqua Dining Hall in Chautauqua Park (or elsewhere during most winter days). Take a long or short hike directly from the park. Leave the park and drive west on Flagstaff Road with several roadside overlooks. Turn off to the Sunrise Amphitheater for fantastic views across Boulder to the endless plains.
3You can spend an entire evening at Happy, enjoying Asian-inspired cuisine and cocktails by some of Boulder’s most talented mixologists.
1Today you'll experience the heart of Boulder, which is found at the ever-popular Pearl Street Mall. Watch the busker musicians perform, grab some coffee at one of the local cafes, and then shop for souvenirs at The Peppercorn.
2For dinner, have a burger at the Dark Horse, a favorite local hangout.
1Visit Rocky Mountain National Park to hike or simply for a scenic drive over Trail Ridge Road. For anyone with altitude issues, Bear Lake Road is lower. On busy summer days, park at an intercept lot and take a bus to Bear Lake.
2The City of Boulder manages 144 miles of trails for hiking, biking, walking or running. And since you're here, you may as well enjoy nature's bounty. If you're up for a day hike, pack your lunch, grab lots of water and a jacket and head out on the 6 ½ mile Mesa Trail at the base of the foothills between Chautauqua Park and Eldorado Springs.