Theres a great town called Lyons about 10 minutes from Boulder. There's a cute little downtown, plus you can go tubing down the river. If you eat there, please go to Oskar Blues. One of my favorites places. It's a great halfway point between Boulder and Estes Park. Keep in mind: in late July, it's a madhouse because of the crazy awesome bluegrass fest in town.
On our last trip to Boulder in February we were so stressed from work, school, and the frigid Boston weather we decided to spend a day pampering ourselves at a resort spa about an hour from Boulder, up in the mountains. It was a great decision! The Gold Lake Resort is no ordinary spa - while they do offer a dazzling array of pampering delights, the glorious lakeside setting in the midst of the Rockies was as soothing and pleasurable as the fantastic massages we received. We spent the morning horseback riding and then retreated to the lodge for a fabulous gourmet lunch beside a roaring fire. The resort boasts natural hot springs along the lake in which you can luxuriate while admiring the beautiful views. A truly memorable and fantastic day, and I bet it’s even better in the summer.
This brewery is a little off the beaten path despite being very close to many of the cities hotels. They've got the best beer in town here and a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. This is a great place to enjoy a sample tray or pint of fresh, local Colorado Craft Beer. Make sure to try the Hoppy Boy IPA, Espresso Stout and Billy's Chili's Pepper Beer. This place is also dog friendly!
Niwot is a small friendly town about 5-10 miles northeast of Boulder. If you get tired of the crowds and high cost of Boulder, Niwot is a pleasant change of pace. It is very low key, with a well-preserved historic downtown section that is like walking into a time warp, but one with good restaurants and good shopping.
"The Yosemite of Boulder Canyon" - Boulder Falls is a torrent of icy cold water that falls from the rock cliffs above dropping 66 feet, with a little ledge cave behind it. A spot famous with rock climbers this falls takes many climber and sightseer lives ... and doubles for one of the most romantic viewpoints in the Boulder area. Located just off Hwy CO-119, 11 miles west of the city of Boulder. Open dawn to dusk, Free. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Columbia Cemetery was first established in 1870, and was the first permanent cemetery in Boulder, Colorado. It sits atop 10.5 acres of land downtown and is filled to its capacity. Originally established by the freemasons, the cemetery is a virtual 'who's who' of Boulder history. 6,500 people are buried here. Each gravestone is a narrative revealing provocative clues about who we were, how they lived, and died, and what shaped their values, attitudes, and traditions. From the most simple grave to quite the odd artistic. Its a cemetery worth visiting. Rated 4 stars out of 5.
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It is possible to drive to the top of Flagstaff mountain and see the view of the town below. The road is narrow and has several hairpin turns and it climbs pretty quickly. Also, cyclists use the road as well so the drive is a bit of a challenge.
There are a few hiking trails here as well as several pullouts where you can stop and enjoy the view. The Flagstaff House restaurant, known as Boulder's finest, is located on the mountain as well.
Directly west of Boulder is this amazing wilderness area. Its beauty is on par with Rocky Mountain National Park itself, yet it is not as well known. There are numerous hiking trails as well as places to camp in the backcountry. Are you are an avid outdoor lover and wish to really see the wilderness that surrounds the Continental Divide, this is it. Backcountry permits are required from the forest service.
On the road to Nederland in Boulder Canyon is a pulloff area with a trail. This short trail leads to Boulder falls. The water literally comes rushing from nowhere and plummets into the creek below. Some care must be taken when near the water and the rocks. The canyon walls tend to be very steep here. This is a great setting in the foothills of the Rockies.
The St. Vrain Glaciers are located in the Indian Peaks wilderness, a short drive west of Boulder. It is an eight mile hike from the St. Vrain trailhead to the glaciers. Many people visit the area to practice ice climbing on the glaciers.
i definitly advise going to see someone perform at the Red Rocks.. it is so awesome.. i saw Ani DiFranco july 5th at Red Rocks.. it was great. there is a small stage and then the wooden benches that semi-circle it.. along the sides of the benches are these huge red slabs of rock.. and the sound it just amazing.. you should check who's playing and try to see someone you would enjoy..
Estes Park a cute little town for shopping. As you approach the town from Boulder you'll see a big white hotel were the movie The Shining was filmed.
Go on thru the town to Rocky Mtn. national prk. Take the one way road going up much more scenic. Watch for elk near the top.
Most people who come to Boulder never leave the Pearl st area. Take a drive up into the hills and get lost. Better yet, rent some mountain bikes and park the car and just ride-anywhere. Boulder is VERY bike friendly with many paths and trails and good bike maps. Drive south on 93 out of town and check out Eldorado Canyon State Park-small, but world renowned for climbling-hit the pool while you're there! Go to NCAR (south off Broadway) You can't miss it. It's the huge buildings on the hill just southwest of town. It was designed by the architect I.M. Pei in the early 60's I believe (don't quote me on the date!) Take a drive/hike up Flagstaff road. Eat at the Flagstaff House Restauraunt the only 4 (5?) star restauraunt in the region. I don't think it's all that great but the view of Boulder and the plains at night is well worth the amount they over charge for the meals.
North Boulder has a variety of restaurants and great hiking. Lake Brainard is my favorite spot, ask anyone how to get there. Also there's a great restaurant in North Boulder called Gadabi Cucina (sp?) that is amazing Italian food.