5-Day Sample Itinerary
Boulder is just 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, along an easy stretch of highway. So getting here is simple, but narrowing down what to do upon arrival might be a challenge. Take a look at our 5-day sample itinerary for inspiration.
Start the day with breakfast at Jill’s Restaurant, with options that range from a hearty bowl of home-cooked oatmeal to decadent dishes like the mocha French toast. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is located in the elegant St Julien Hotel and Spa.
Visit eTown Hall, where the nationally syndicated eTown radio program is recorded. Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, and Jack Johnson are just a few of the dozens of musicians who have been guests on eTown. Their space doubles as a unique venue, available for meetings and events, and features charming touches like secret passageways, recycled pews for seating and dressing rooms for keynote speakers.
Pearl Street is the heart and soul of Boulder. In the evening, the pedestrian avenue is abuzz with locals meeting friends, strolling and making their way to dinner. Explore four car-free blocks of shops, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and galleries set in historic buildings.
Relish in the new day with a breakfast tea and a hearty morning meal at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, a beautifully ornate Persian teahouse that was gifted to Boulder by its sister city in Tajikistan.
Next door to the teahouse is the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), always worth a stop to see the latest thought-provoking installation — and a great option for a meeting or mixer.
Head to the Dairy Arts Center, a beautifully renovated performing arts center and gallery that hosts multiple productions of theater, dance, and music every week.
Prepare for the day with a hot and savory twist on the classic American breakfast at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery or pick a breakfast spot from this itinerary inspired by a Top Chef episode that was filmed in Boulder.
Plan a road or mountain biking excursion for your group on a few of Boulder’s 300+ miles of bike lanes, routes, and trails.
Happy Hour (and a half)
As the sun sets in the Happiest City in the U.S., discover the joy of a Boulder Sunset Mountain Tour with Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides. (Plan for about an hour and a half on this amazing tour.)
Boulder is home to a bounty of craft breweries (one of the top five cities with the most breweries per capita in the U.S.), wineries and distilleries, as well as a meadery and a cidery, so you have plenty of tasty options for unwinding post-meeting with drinks, entertainment and nightlife fun.
A morning cup of ambition just tastes better with mountain views. Plan for a pre-meeting fuel-up on the patio at one of Boulder’s local coffee shops.
Why not take a moment to regroup and recenter at Ku Cha House of Tea? The owners source their loose-leaf tea from family-owned farms during trips to southwest China, taking part in the harvesting and learning about the processing techniques along the way. If folks are feeling inspired they can create unique tea blends at the tea bar or check out their calendar of tea tastings and classes to go deeper.
Host a late-afternoon meeting or mixer at Rembrandt Yard, an upscale, hybrid art gallery/event space with views of Boulder and the Flatirons.
Catch a concert at the historic Boulder Theater, with its iconic marquee and art deco architecture. You can even treat your group like VIPs and work with the owners to section off a part of the theater just for your group.
Extended Stay Activities
- Plan a group skiing or snowshoeing activity at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort, Boulder's backyard ski resort that’s located about 20 miles away from downtown.
- Venture about an hour away up to Rocky Mountain National Park for an alpine hike surrounded by dramatic peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, lake-lined valleys, and exciting Colorado wilderness.
- If it’s a Saturday head over to the Boulder Farmers Market, located right downtown beside Boulder Creek and named the No. 1 Farmers’ Market in the U.S. by readers of USA Today. It’s a celebration of food with a lively atmosphere of music, samples and artisan goods. (Also open Wednesday evenings.)