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.
I can't imagine why any student here would ever want to leave. It's a beatiful campus with a view of the mountains and flat irons. The architecture is great and it is so nice just to walk around campus and enjoy the views and the atmosphere.
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.
The Rattle Snake Gulch trail climbs to a scenic overlook providing views of Eldorado Mountain. The trail first passes the Bastille overlook, with comfortable benches providing terrific views of the canyon. It continues through wooded terrain with clear views of the canyon's Red Garden Wall and West Ridge, both popular rock climbing playgrounds.
After about another mile, you'll come upon the ruins of the Crags Hotel, which burned to the ground circa 1911. From the ruins, the trail splits to the south and west. The south fork takes you straight up the mountain to the Denver and Rio Grand railroad grade, and the west branch climbs gently to northwest to a scenic overlook of Eldorado Mountain. The Divide Overlook is 1,000 feet above South Boulder creek, and is well worth the hike.
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.
Buchanan's serves a good cup of coffee. It's on the Hill so it gets a great vibe from the students. My favorite part was the view. Just look out the window and the Flat Irons are practically on top of you. It certainly makes you want to linger and relax.
Four blocks of public walks, with a few cross streets. Shady and cool on a hot day. The streets are lined with small shops of all sorts. Restaurants abound and depending on the day of the week, there may be a farmers market stretched the length of the mall, or a art fair, or handcrafters. An hour or a day, you can find things to do and places to relax and enjoy the people around.
The buildings that line this stretch of town range in age from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century. Besure to notice the Architectural beauties along this street
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!
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.
The heart of Boulder is the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, a multiblock section of Pearl Street in downtown Boulder that is closed to vehicular traffic. This section of Pearl Street is full of interesting shops and fun bars and restaurants. It is also a good place for people watching, with its eclectic mix of yuppie suburbanites, college kids, and granola/hippie folks.
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.
Boulder is a beautiful town northwest of Denver. This is a college town and there are many things to do here. Pearl St. has a pedestrian mall with restaurants and shops. There are many biking and hiking trails west of town toward the mountains.
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.
The Colorado Music Festival is a six-week summer classical music festival at the beautiful, historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Featuring professional musicians from around the world and Music Director Michael Christie, the festival offers something for everyone.
The 2007 summer season will feature world-renowned percussionist Colin Currie, the Colorado premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s flamenco opera Ainadamar, a unique chamber orchestra performance of Carl Orff’s Camina Burana, acclaimed pianist Simon Trpceski, internationally acclaimed klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection," and much more!
Chautauqua Auditorium is a turn-of-the-century, all-wood structure that is considered one of the best acoustical venues in Colorado. And with its location at the base of the Flatirons, it is surrounded by truly spectacular scenery.
One of the great summer things to do is to enjoy a picnic and a nice bottle of wine at Chautauqua Park prior to a CMF concert.
It's a Boulder summer musical treasure!
Pearl Street mall is an outdoor pedestrian mall with many restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, and sculptures. street performers practice their craft daily. The buildings are dated from the late 19th century and have been preserved to give the area a very special ambiance.