Boulder is hands-down, without a doubt, unequivocally, one of the most exciting, beautiful, fun-filled towns in America. That being said, your first time in this mountain paradise could leave you overwhelmed and feeling that you've perhaps missed out on some of the best of the best that Boulder has to offer. Worry not, for we've broken Boulder down for you and created an itinerary that, if followed, will ensure you have one rip-roaring, beer-drinking, mountain climbing time.
Chautauqua Park — Photo courtesy of kallu
Where to Hang Your Hat
Hotels, motels, yes. . .there's even a Holiday Inn (cue old-school rap song). . .Boulder has it all. Some of our favorites include St. Julien's Hotel and Spa which sits conveniently off famed Pearl Street, Boulder's first and most historic hotel, The Boulderado, and, if you've got a hankering to stay further up in the mountains and canyon, the beautiful Boulder Mountain Lodge.
Come Out and Play
With so many places to play in Boulder, newbies might find themselves feeling a bit lost. Please, allow us to suggest Chautauqua Park for hiking, picnicking, and (if you're really daring) climbing a Flatiron. Other places to play include Mt. Sanitas for hiking and bouldering, Boulder Creek for tubing and fishing or Boulder Canyon for some killer rock-climbing, mountain biking, hiking or just general sightseeing.
Get Your Drink On
Boulderites (Boulder locals) know how to drink. Perhaps they just need more carbs because they're so darn active. Whatever the reason, bars and breweries abound. Our 'not-to-be-missed' list includes Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, Twisted Pine, Fate Brewing Company and (our all-time favorite) Avery Brewing Company. Bars such as Conor O'Neils, The Catacombs and the West End Tavern are cool and funky nightlife spots to socialize, dance and drink the night away.
Avery Taps — Photo courtesy of Hope Gately
Eat and Be Merry
Pearl Street, located in downtown Boulder, is the hub for all of your dining and entertainment needs. Restaurants such as The Med, The Rio and Sushi Zanmai rank high on our list. There's also plenty of local shopping to be done at art marts and galleries, as well as big names in retail like Patagonia and Prana. See a show at the Fox Theater or stop into the St. Julien Hotel (we mentioned this spot earlier) for dining and dancing.
To boil it all down and recap, you simply must eat, drink and hike while visiting this Colorado gem, so be sure to do it right by following some of the sweet tips from our itinerary. You won't be sorry, though you may end up slightly tipsy and sunburned. Cheers!