Sightseeing Gone Wild: Boulder's Most Beautiful and Exciting Destinations

Putting together a Sight-Seeing List for Boulder, Colorado is like shooting fish in a barrel. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the towering Flatirons, and Boulder Canyon offering its depth and rocky twists there's is so much to see and experience in this town that a visitor could get very quickly overwhelmed. 

Luckily, we've narrowed it down for you from the artsy venues to the downright breathtaking natural sights. 

Start with Chautauqua Park, where you can hike, rock-climb and just generally take pictures 'til your heart's content. Green Mountain is easily accessed for an awe-inspiring day hike and the Flatirons taunt those who seek the high places. 

If you're not the outdoorsy type but still wanna experience places that are aesthetically pleasing and interesting, the Boulder County Farmer's market offers the tastes of Colorado while the Boulder History Museum invites you to learn about how the area was established. 

For those who love music and the outdoors, Red Rocks Amphitheater is a world-class music venue where you can rock out, run the stairs for exercise (if you dare) and gaze at the lights of Denver in the distance. 

With so much to do and see in Boulder, make sure your camera is charged and your friends have been warned that your Facebook feed is gonna be exploding with jealousy-invoking images. 

Airport - Wbu


Park your car and enjoy a peaceful, scenic stroll or bike ride through the heart of Boulder. The path stretches for seven miles and provides access to numerous parks, ponds, historical markers, gardens, rock-climbing opportunities, botanical...  Read More



On the Banjoy Billy Bus tour you'll hear all of the local legends and lore as you drive around in this "shack on wheels." 10 ghost stories and 5 crime tales detail Boulder's "history" as you cruise the streets. You'll also take a trip to Pearl...  Read More



Originally, this century-old home was the summer residence of a New York merchant. Today, it houses the Boulder Historical Society's extensive collection of photographs and historical documents, as well as permanent and changing exhibits that...  Read More



Truly unique to the area, Red Rocks combines natural geological wonders with a stellar concert and event schedule. Come during the day for the best view of the red sandstone formations, over 250 million years old and 300 feet high. A moderate...  Read More

Boulder Falls


Boulder Falls is located in Boulder Canyon off of Highway 119 and allows for the perfect sightseeing adventure. Best still, accessing the falls only requires a short and very easy hike, so people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy. The...  Read More

Mt. Sanitas


This 3.1 mile moderate to strenuous trail will lead you to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful summits overlooking all of Boulder Valley. Sanitas, which is Latin for health, wellbeing, and clarity of mind, is the perfect day hike whether...  Read More

Chautauqua Park
Photo courtesy of © 2014 City of Boulder Parks & Recreation


This meadow-like foothills park is ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book, a family picnic, bird watching, or a vigorous hike on numerous trails that will suit any skill level. The hiking trails take you into the Flatirons and the Bluebell...  Read More

Boulder County Farmers' Market


Independent farmers and growers offer their wares at this lively community farmers' market. You'll find fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, along with plants, trees, shrubs, coffee beans, baked goods, and crafts. The...  Read More

Indian Peaks Wilderness
Photo courtesy of Hope Gately


Indian Peaks Wilderness, located along Colorado's scenic Peak-to Peak Highway just above Ward and Nederland is known for its pristine wilderness, jutting mountains, roaring streams, and challenging hikes. Just the drive alone is an adventure...  Read More



With Longs Peak towering over this spectacular state park and plenty of backcountry skiing in the winter, along with hiking and climbing galore, RMNP is Colorado's iconic destination. The highlight of the 415-square mile park is the Trail Ridge...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope