The Hill is a small, funky area right near Colorado University. Filled with reastaurants, tattoo parlors, and shops, this place has a great view and a very cool energy. Just walk around and enjoy the sights.
there are hundreds of trails of all levels. I started at Settlers Peak. Now, I am in pretty good cardio shape, but the altitude change really hit me the first time out. No worries, as I quickly adapted and the views were humbling.
I love coffee almost as much as I love traveling, luckily the two go hand in hand. I stumbled upon The Laughing Goat and soon became a regular. I happened to sit next to the owner and we struck up a conversation about what makes a good coffeehouse. This is a great meeting spot with a funky vibe to it. They have entertainment on some nights and encourage people to relax and stay as long as they like.
Boulder Creek Path runs right through the center of the city. It is so peaceful to walk, run or bike along this creek. The city designed this brilliantly as you never have to cross the road and the path is right next to the City, yet is gives you the impression of complete solitude.
One of the more entertaining activities in Boulder during the summer ... is tubing down Boulder Creek. Boulder creek runs right through the city of Boulder, and pretty much anywhere along its course you can enjoy the river and do activities like whitewater tubing. Enjoy picnicking, fishing, kayaking, tubing, rafting, wading, or swimming ... alongside the creek is a 7 mile long Boulder Creek Path - great for walking, jogging, biking, and rollerblading. The path goes from the mountains of Boulder Canyon, through downtown Boulder, and out into the plains, with many scenic spots for hiking, gazing, sightseeing, picnicking, and other outdoor activities. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A great place to go hiking. The trails aren't too challenging and it's easy to get to. It's open daily 24 hours, but be sure to get off the trails by dark. I've tried to find my way down in the dark before, it's not fun. Free admission.
Boulder Book Store is a locally owed, centrally located, charming bookstore. There are three floors and a cafe on the side. I like to go upstairs and look at the artbooks. Or go the wacky "only in Boulder" room full of books on spirituality and metaphsics.
But above all, I frequent the store for chocolate. On the first floor, not too far from the registers is a large collection of FANTASTIC chocolate bars from all over the world. Expect to pay $7 for a bar of heaven. It's so worh it!!!
There are many unique things in the store you can buy as gifts.
And the coffee shop is beautiful too!
Enjoy walking around town (particularly Broadway and around the Pearl St. Mall
MUST go see Chatauqua Park. To the West of Boulder, it is the trailhead for all the trails that go up into the Front Range mountains that lie directly beside the city...beautiful hikes.
If adventurous: venture into the mountains for even more amazing and beautiful scenery and hiking. Up north is Estes Park and Rocky Mtn National Park. South is Denver, Colorado Springs, and lots of awesome mountains to hike. I loved camping out in several of the parks to the west of Denver off of I-70 as well.
If you have the time and the energy ... this little seasonal icerink is perfect! They create this rink every winter in the plaze outside of a building near the Downtown pedestrian shopping district. On this day, kids and adults were skating in circles, laughing and simply enjoying a beautful winter day :) Prices for rink time AND skate rental varies from $3.00 to $5.00 ... this makes it even easier to just have some playtime at the last minute!
If you want to SEE what it's like BEFORE going there .... check out this link for the live webcam :)
The first link below gives you basic info, the second one is a pdf link for specifics ... even skating lessons!
Touring the Celestial Seasonings Tea factory is free and a lot of fun, especially if you are an avid tea drinker! There is a tasting room that will allow you to try any and every kind of tea the company makes, a gift shop, the tour itself and a cafeteria. I have no pictures of the tour because cameras are not allowed in the factory.
While neither my boyfreind nor I are rabid skiers, we could not go to Colorado in February without hitting the slopes at least once. Since we were based in Boulder we decided to check out their 'local" resort, Eldora. Frequented mainly by locals, Eldora is a medium - sized mountain about 45 minutes outside of town. The scenery on the drive over was spectacular in and of itself, and the mountain was just perfect for our advanced beginner-intermediate levels. The weather the day we were there was a sunny and relatively balmy 55 degrees, and the packed powder conditions were ideal. The best part was that since we were there mid-week, we practically had the whole mountain to ourselves! – it was by far, one of the most enjoyable ski experiences I’ve ever had. NOTE: Bus service to Eldora is available from downtown Boulder -how great is that?!
You can start by parking at N.C.A.R., checking out the national weather museum inside, and then hiking north on the nature trail to the Mesa Trail. Now go north on the Mesa Trail to Chautauqua and have breakfast at the Chautauqua dining hall. Try to sit on the deck, looking at the Flatirons. This is the real Boulder. You can hike back in a little over an hour. It's an easy hike, but go early enough for breakfast. Thunderstorms do roll in later.
Walking or riding a bike down the creek path is an interestng experience. In the winter it is full of cyclists and runners, and in the summer those same folks get knocked around by the hordes of people carrying inner tubes walking up to the "put in" for the tubes. Parts of the creek are also navigated by kayakers, so find a spot on one of the bridges west of 9th street and watch them do some tricks. If you are riding a bike, watch out for clueless dog walkers who have a habit of cutting bikes off. In any case, it's a good place to see a sampling of Boulder characters...
Didn’t I tell you there are so many art
to observe in this great city?
This piece of art is so interesting. A woman
waiting for her beloved half? I don’t know
what do you think?
Ahh one more thing I added the flower, I
loved this art and the lady too ;o).
Pearl St. is a shopping area that is on a number of streets but the shopping area is quaint and is set up as a "mall" of outdoor shops. They sell unique things as well as t-shirts and gear that my husband and I feel in love with. Very cool way to spend a few hours. There are also several restaurants along this mall.