6 Epic Ways to See Boulder
1. Fly above Boulder on a helitour.
It’s hard to really appreciate Boulder’s prime location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains until you see the city from the air. Boulder Transport’s helicopter sightseeing tours let you do just that in style. Their Boulder and Front Range-focused half-hour tour includes pickup in a luxury car or van to take you to Rocky Mountain Regional Airport. From there, you'll be whisked high above Boulder Valley to see 14,000-foot-peaks (or “fourteeners,” as Coloradans call them) in all their glory. You’ll gain a new appreciation for Boulder’s unique geography when you see the slanted sandstone formations that make up the Flatirons mountains, plus a birds-eye view of some of the town's top landmarks, including the University of Colorado's football stadium, Folsom Field.
2. Be wined and dined at a special Frasca dinner.
Every Monday, the James Beard-winning restaurant Frasca Food and Wine, which is routinely named among the top places to dine in Colorado (if not the country), brings in a vintner, master sommelier, celebrity chef, cookbook author or other culinary notables for special prix fixe dinners and wine pairings. It’s a chance to try the famed restaurant as they partner with winemakers and experiment with new flavors. You’ll likely also get to meet the featured wine expert, author or chef, as well as Frasca’s own famed master sommelier Bobby Stucky for an interactive experience that takes fine dining to a new level.
3. Melt your troubles away with a Colorado Bliss Massage.
One of Boulder’s most luxurious hotels, the St Julien Hotel and Spa boasts views of the Flatirons and a location in the heart of downtown Boulder — and one of the best spas you’ll ever experience. With their Colorado Bliss Deep Tissue Massage, you can enjoy a completely legal, non-intoxicating CBD-infused wellness treatment that includes a massage designed to ease muscular tension, reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The oils and lotions used are free of the TCH that gives hemp its psychoactive properties, yet the CBD is believed to have pain- and inflammation-relieving properties to put you fully at ease.
4. Make once-in-a-lifetime family memories with a custom outdoor adventure.
Too busy to plan a family vacation — but want everyone in your crew to have the time of their lives? Then look to the experts at Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides to create a personalized experience. They'll lead you to the best wildflower trails in Boulder, take you trekking through nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, whitewater rafting on Colorado’s rivers or mountain biking down the Switzerland Trail. It all gets customized to your experience level and wishes, plus you’ll be set to go with permits, gear and instruction — and photos to document it all.
5. Indulge in farm-grown cuisine under a string of twinkling lights.
Boulder is surrounded by beautiful farmland — some 800 farms, actually. Many farms welcome guests for special, multi-course dinners and wine pairings, during which you’ll more than likely meet the farmer and tour the grounds. The gold standard in Boulder farm dinners is Meadowlark Farm Dinners. These events take place at a different Boulder-area farm each time and are the kind you see in magazine spreads: delicate flowers adorning gourmet dishes, wine glasses glinting in the early-evening light and lights strung across a single, long picnic table. Getting a coveted reservation is by lottery and therefore takes some planning but is worth the effort. Many farms offer their own dinners, which are as scenic (often against a mountain backdrop) and elegant. Try Three Leaf Farm, the Lyons Farmette or Lone Hawk Farm.
6. Bike, soak and sip in a gorgeous forest setting.
Beyond Boulder has assembled a day of pure Boulder fun with their Canyon Cycle, Sip & Soak tour. You will leave from downtown Boulder and head right up into the foothills for a taste of mountain biking (or fat-tire biking if it's winter). There’s no experience necessary and your reward for this gradual uphill ride is a dip in a soothing hot tub or refreshing pool at a historic lodge nestled in the woods. Signature beverages are served at the lodge’s fireside bar for some relaxing downtime. The tour is about 3-4 hours and you’ll coast back down to town where you started your tour.