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    Snapping a pic of Boulder's Flatirons

    A Photographer’s Tour of Boulder 

    If you love photography, don’t miss the best ways to see Boulder through the lens. Here's a full day of top shots.

    Morning 

    Not many people know about this spot to photograph the Flatirons: Head to the top of the parking garage at 14th and Walnut St. and catch the morning light. Walk a few blocks to Trident Café for a cup of coffee and to peruse the adjoining bookstore’s excellent art book selection. Also on this block (including the old pay phone outside Trident) are several works by street artist SMiLE.

    View from courthouse of Downtown Boulder with Flatirons

    Afternoon 

    Lunch at the dazzling Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is a must. It was handcrafted and painted in Tajikistan, shipped to Boulder and assembled piece by piece.

    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Ceiling

    Next, a stroll through CU’s campus will have you snapping shots of vine-covered stone bridges, historical architecture and vibrant student life. Tip: Located just south of University Avenue, Varsity Bridge is one of the most picturesque spots on campus. Whether lush and green in the spring, red and gold in the fall or frosted with snow in the winter, this is the location on campus to snap a photo.

    Varsity Bridge

    Evening 

    Early evening light can be magical on Pearl Street, especially when street performers, strolling couples and families turn it into a living stage. Duck into the artful alley between Pearl and Spruce on 13th for a unique backdrop, and capture some interesting angles on the historic Boulder Theater marquee as it lights up in early evening. 

    People sitting and walking about Pearl Street in the Sunlight

    Boulder has several public arts programs that have invested in more than 100 colorful murals over the last three years. They're found all over town and make for colorful, playful and relevant photos and backdrops. Read our guide to Boulder's murals for all the details, including maps, newest additions and more.

    Penfield Tate Mural