While there's little doubt you'll be spending time frolicking outdoors in Boulder's remarkable natural beauty, be sure to save some energy for perusing some of the area's lesser known — but just as stimulating — cultural assets inside Boulder museums.
The Museum of Boulder is a great place to start. A fully interactive exploration of Boulder's past, present and future, this new space includes world-class traveling exhibits, hyper-local installations, the region's Native American history, a children's discovery zone and a rooftop deck. Visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) for an always-provocative selection of contemporary works. And don't miss the museums on the University of Colorado campus, home to the CU Art Museum and University of Colorado Natural History Museum — both of which are intimate gems worth a peek. Further northeast of town, the Shelby American Collection Museum celebrates the cult-favorite race car with displays that consistently surprise visitors.
Looking for something a little different? University Bicycles has a collection of vintage bikes hanging from the rafters, while Neptune Mountaineering has amassed a collection of incredible exploration artifacts (some that have been to the top of Mount Everest) in its shop. And CU's Media Archaeology Lab has a slew of still-working vintage computers and devices that will take you on a trip right down memory lane.