Russian Tea House
Authentic Teahouse given to the city of Boulder by its sister city - Dushambe, Tajikistan. Sit by the creek, admire the beautiful mosiacs, and enjoy great tea or coffee by the picturesque boulder creek.
Shop/People Watch on Pearl St
Shop and or People Watching on Pearl St. This is quintesentially what people remember of Boulder proper. It's admittedly a small 4 block area but it's quaint if a bit pricey. Mix and mingle with Olympic athletes, homeless, students, all sorts of others. There are a few great restaurants on or near the mall. Some of the best nightlife in Boulder is also located here. Also see the Boulder Bookstore, Bart's CD Cellar, Juanita's, Jax Fish House, Boulder Army Store, Mountain Sun Brew Pub, Rhumba, Trident, University Bikes, Peppercorn, and The newly remodeled West End Tavern, Sushi Tora, Sushi Zanmai, Hapa Sushi, and last but certainly not least...The Boulder Theater.
- Arts and Culture
Green Mountain Trail
The Green Mountain Trail trail is relatively steep, but well-marked and easy to follow.
The trail passes Greenman Springs and continues to Green Mountain Saddle. From there, the summit is a steep uphill.
The hike starts at 5,800 feet, and ends at 8,144 feet.
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Commonly known as the NCAR building, this attractive facility is perched on the side of the hills overlooking Boulder. This is another great place to ride a bicycle. There are exhibits inside that are open to the public. If you like weather phenomena and science, this is the place for you. In addition to the exhibits, there is a nature trail that leads into the park. There is access to several of the trails in the Boulder Mountain Park system. There is no admission charge to access this place.
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
If you are feeling hot in Boulder then drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and have a snowball fight. This will cool you down. The temperature drops 3.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet you travel up or 600 miles you drive north. When youdrive up Rocky Mountain National Park it is the equivelent of driving to the Arctic Circle in a couple of hours.
- Adventure Travel
Go Hiking in Chautauqua
I loved going on a brief hike in Chautauqua. Be warned, if you are not used to the elevation you will run out of air quick, so be sure to bring water and a sweater/jacket because it is cool. It's nice to bring a lunch so that you can relax on one of the trails and continue going. I've gone on two trails, one leading up to a high elevation where there is minimal bouldering at the top where you can sit down and overlook the entirety of Boulder (very beautiful especially in Autumn!) Or, the longer hike which is great in Spring with the budding flowers (be warned if you have allergies, you may want to take the other trail).
The hike does not take too long and you will notice a lot of runners taking the trail as a daily regimen. Despite the popularity, you are often left by yourself or with your group to enjoy the trail and laugh along. The air is fresh, and you feel very much in-tune with nature. I recommend all the trails. If you look at the website I have provided it shows various hiking trails available around Boulder.
- Hiking and Walking
Chautauqua Park is an active center of music, art, and drama. Originating in Chatauqua, New York. Throughout the summer, there are special programs in the arts. The day we visited, there was on-going practice for a theater production for the next month and a gathering of college age people. They rent homes for short and long term use in the park. Unlike many Chautauqua's, this one is unfenced and open so you can easily walk the grounds and see the homes and meeting spaces.
The Chautauqua Institution was opened in 1874, founded by inventor Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent. It was one of the first non-profit arts communities in the country. The charming 19th century institution has attracted a variety of diverse resident artists and lecturers, including George Gershwin, Lucille Ball, and Horace Greeley. All presidents from U.S. Grant to Bill Clinton have given speeches at the Institution.
See: About.com: Cleveland, Ohio
Other Chautauqua 's
Chatauqua Institute, New York
- Theater Travel
Pearl Street Mall
The Pearl Street Mall is one of the most successful and pleasant pedestrian malls I've ever visited. I didn't notice any vacant storefronts, and there is a wide variety of shops all along it. There's also a nice mix of restaurants. Overall it's a nice, relaxing, and casual place with plenty to do and see.
Is this heaven?
No, it's Liquor Mart.
Seriously, this is the most amazing liquor store I've ever seen. For starters, it looks like it occupies an old grocery store, so that gives you an idea of how huge it is. But it's not just aisle after aisle of the same stuff. It's truly amazing how many different kinds of beer, wine, and liquor this place offers. I found some really obscure Polish vodka that I've only found in one other store in the US. And much to my surprise, they actually had two kinds of it. Another amazing thing is that the prices are actually quite reasonable, which is surprising considering how insanely expensive Boulder is.
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!
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Tubing at Boulder Creek
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.
- Water Sports
Ski in Splendid Solitude
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?!
- Skiing and Boarding
Art & more art in downtown
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 Street Mall
If you are in the mood for shopping, head straight to Pearl Street Mall. Nice, quaint little shops - not just the usual chains - and nice atmosphere. Some days of the week, there are street performers - acrobats, jugglers etc - to entertain you. There are also lots of places to eat or to have a coffee while resting your aching legs - regardless of whether they are aching from your hiking, biking or shopping!
Take a Stroll on the Boulder Creek Path
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...
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