Also known as the People’s Republic of Boulder, this is a city that is situated around the foothills near the Front Range. Boulder is known for having a very progressive attitude, an attitude that is the residual from the area’s hippie atmosphere that was prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s. However, today, Boulder is known more for its abundant research centers.
With the combination of athletic residential population and outdoor enthusiasts, there is never a lack of things to do in Boulder.
Located only 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, Boulder encompasses over 40,000 acres of easily accessible and stunning landscapes that are open and friendly to hikers, walkers and bikers. Tourists will be inspired to enjoy the days as much as year round residents do.
Pearl Street Mall is a pedestrian mall that is located in the center of Boulder. Get your caffeine fix at any one of the 12 or so coffee shops and cafes. It is here you will walk among young professionals, students, freelancers clicking on their laptops and tablets.
You can then take a stroll along Pearl Street and explore the boutique shops that are housed in historical buildings. You can also shop at some of the popular favorites like:
If you are looking to enjoy some more shopping, go over to the outdoor mall, Twenty Ninth Street. This mall is headlined by H&M, Apple and NorthFace.
Between May and October, you can enjoy the local and organic fruits and vegetables at the Boulder Farmers’ Market. The farmer’s market is considered to be one of the best in the state, and it has a strict rule where vendors can only sell what they can grow.
There is no better way to start an afternoon of fun is to go on hiking trails that cater to those who enjoy being outdoors. There are a network of trails in the National Chautauqua Park that are suitable for hikers of all ages and experience levels. These trails will also give hikers a close up view of the slanting slabs known as the Flatirons. This is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city.
End your day with a delicious meal at one of the top restaurants in the city’s food scene. Dining out is an absolute must, and you can simply walk around the Pearl Street area to find an option that meets your needs.
These are some of the things you can do while you are in Boulder. It is a great place for outdoor lovers, artists and anyone who enjoys a laid back and progressive city.