Located 30 minutes northwest of Denver, Boulder is a captivating community enriched with natural beauty, hip urban culture and a vibrant love of the outdoors. Visit Boulder and experience its distinctive lifestyle overflowing with world-class restaurants, inspired shopping and art, and unbeatable people watching.
The Pearl Street Mall is a four-block-long pedestrian area in historic downtown Boulder. It is the heart and soul of Boulder and where most stores are independently owned. Spend time ducking in out of art galleries and boutiques and stroll along sidewalk cafes. Pearl Street Mall is also the place to watch Boulder's street performers. The Twenty Ninth Street retail district is full of the best national retailers — and has incredible Flatirons views, to boot — and The Hill is the place to shop alongside college students.
Boulder's restaurants and chefs have been highlighted in Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Food and Wine, the New York Times, USA Today, on "Top Chef" and "Cutthroat Kitchen," and at the James Beard House. Boulder might feel like a small town, but its sophisticated lifestyle demands a rich dining diversity that rivals any major metropolitan area. Many of our restaurants embrace the idea of local, seasonal, artisanal cooking. The farm-to-table movement is strong and bolstered by access to acres of agricultural land in Boulder County.
Boulder has what it takes to make a town green — a strong recycling program, green hotels, organic restaurants, a network of trails and fresh thinking. You'll probably notice alternative energies — cars that are fueled with bio-diesel and shops along the Pearl Street that are wind powered. Also, many climate change scientists work in Boulder, with 40 acting as members of Former Vice President Al Gore's team that won the Nobel Prize on climate change.
Renting a bike is a fun way to see the town and experience Boulder as a local. Bike shops rent cruiser bikes or the fastest racing bikes for an hour or a day. There are easy trails for picnics and strolls along Boulder Creek or hard-core trails if you're looking for something tougher.
While Boulder is known as one of America's most outdoorsy cities, our arts scene is thriving. At the Colorado Shakespeare Festival you can sit under the stars and watch a play. The Colorado Music Festival performs in a hundred-year-old wooden auditorium (and the acoustics are still perfect). Downtown is full of galleries and free outdoor concerts. Boulder is teeming with artists who come for the inspiring setting and stay because of the creative culture.