Boulder is enriched with natural beauty, hip urban culture and a vibrant love of the outdoors. It is located at the base of Colorado's mountains — exactly where the mountains meet the plains. Getting to Boulder is a snap; it is only 45 minutes from Denver International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Denver. This town of 103,000 residents feels much smaller, as it is compact and walker friendly.
Renting a bike is a fun way to see the town and experience Boulder as a local. The Boulder Creek Path meanders right through historic downtown and follows along Boulder Creek. Some of it is paved, some is dirt, and there are spots to stop, get off your bike and enjoy the creek. In addition to this path, Boulder has more than 150 miles of biking and hiking trails.
Many of the hiking and biking trails are located in the wide open spaces that surround Boulder. Back in the 1960s, residents chose to tax themselves to buy and protect the land surrounding the city. Today, there are 45,000 acres of land that await discovery. Bird watchers, photographers, hikers, dog walkers, and even hard-core mountain bikers enjoy the open space that is just five minutes from downtown.
While Boulder is known to be one of America's most enthusiastically outdoor-recreation-focused communities, it is also a top dining destination. Named America's Foodiest Town by Bon Appetit, Boulder has a thriving, world-class restaurant scene.
Pearl Street was also named a Top 10 Street for Foodies by Food + Wine magazine. This popular street is much more than just award-winning restaurants. It is the heart and soul of Boulder. Pearl Street runs perpendicular to the mountains right through historic downtown Boulder. Four blocks of the street are closed to traffic and make up the area known as the Pearl Street Mall where street entertainers, flower beds, benches and the best people-watching in the state are found. Most of the restaurants, shops and galleries are independently owned and green practices are used here — some shops are wind powered and the WiFi is free and solar powered.
Lodging options range from swanky urban hotels to mountain cabins and everything in between.