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5 Summer Days in Boulder

Destination(s): Boulder

Boulder is an incredible place year-round but its charms are especially pronounced in the summer months. This itinerary is a great way to see Boulder and the surrounding area with a 5 day vacation to the famous mountain town. read more about 5 Summer Days in Boulder

Boulder Farmers' Market

Boulder Farmers' Market

  • 13th Street
  • Between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue
  • tel:+1 303 910 2236
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

A local treasure, this is one of the best farmers' markets around. Almost everything can be found here, from freshly roasted green chilies, to gourmet cheeses and wines, to flowers and plants. Much of the food is organic, and all of it is grown by the people selling it. The Farmers' Market also has a food court with delicious prepared foods, picnic tables, and music. Grab some breakfast or lunch and take it over to Central Park to sit in the grass and watch the people. The Market hosts thousands of Boulderites and visitors every week, some who are there to see the sights and take in the smells, and others who are just there to do their weekly grocery shopping.
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Lucile's

Lucile's

  • 2124 14th Street
  • tel:+1 303 442 4743
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302
Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Boulder Falls

Boulder Falls

Boulder Falls is located 11 miles west of Boulder on the north side of Boulder Canyon Drive. In the past, carryalls would bring visitors up for a visit and a picnic, especially after the narrow gauge railroad washed out in the great flood of 1894 and made the area more accessible to pedestrians. Boulder Falls today is still quite lovely, and merits a stop as you head west up the canyon toward Nederland. The torrent of icy cold water occurs where North Boulder Creek plunges 70 feet to enter Middle Boulder Creek. To get to Boulder Falls, follow Canyon Blvd. west into the mountains until you see signs for it. The Falls will be to your right and there is plenty of parking, but take care when crossing Boulder Canyon Drive, as people drive quickly around the mountain turns. read more about Boulder Falls

National Center for Atmospheric Research

National Center for Atmospheric Research

  • 1850 Table Mesa Dr
  • tel:+1 303 497 1371
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80307
Central Park

Central Park

  • Broadway Boulevard and Canyon Boulevard
  • tel:+1 303 413 7200
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

Located in the heart of downtown, Central Park is the place to relax, have a picnic, and get in some good people-watching. Kids can marvel at the park's old-time Denver & Rio Grande locomotive coach car, which has been a part of the park since 1952, and can enjoy the small waterfalls of the Boulder Creek. The grassy square is home to numerous festivals during the summer, and is next to the infamous Boulder Farmers' Market. A half-dome at one corner of the park known as the Bandshell hosts concerts in the summertime. read more about Central Park

Greenbriar Inn (The)

Greenbriar Inn (The)

  • 8735 N. Foothills Hwy
  • tel:+1 303 440-7979
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302
Boulder Creek Path

Boulder Creek Path

  • Parallels Arapahoe Avenue
  • 55th St. and Pearl Pkwy., to the mouth of Boulder Canyon
  • tel:+1 303 441 3200
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

The Boulder Creek Path runs from east Boulder up Boulder Canyon Dr. as it winds itself through the foothills. The path is paved as it meanders through town and then becomes gravel and dirt as it heads up into the mountains. The Boulder Creek Path is popular with joggers and cyclists because of its beautiful scenery; so enjoy the sights but you'll have to head further out of town if you're seeking solitude. There are many places along the way to stop and enjoy the sounds of the Boulder Creek, or to stop at a table or bench and have a picnic. In the summer time, head to Eben G. Fine park along the path just west of downtown where there is a playground for kids, picnic tables and grills, and a great area for tubing down the creek (there are some small cascades, so if the kids want to go, put a helmet on them and stick them in your lap). read more about Boulder Creek Path

Indian Peaks Wilderness

Indian Peaks Wilderness

  • 2140 Yarmouth Ave.
  • tel:303-444-6600
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  • Boulder, 80301
Celestial Seasonings Tour

Celestial Seasonings Tour

  • 4600 Sleepytime Drive
  • tel:303-581-1202
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  • Boulder, 80301
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park

  • Ninth Street & Baseline Road
  • tel:303 442 3282
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

This picturesque park located at the base of the Flatirons has many trailheads that are the gateways to the Rocky Mountains. The park is a wonderful place for walking, picnicking, and people-watching. The park is part of the Chautauqua community, an idea built from the Chautauqua movement popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that was based around adult education that attempted to provide entertainment and culture for the whole community. The Boulder Chautauqua community opened in 1898 and contains a public dining hall, lodging, a community house for local events, and the beautiful Chautauqua Auditorium, which houses the esteemed Colorado Music Festival in the summer, as well as other concerts throughout the year. read more about Chautauqua Park

Underwater Fish Observatory

Underwater Fish Observatory

  • 1345 28th Street
  • tel:+1 303 413 7200
  • Boulder, 80302
Celestial Seasonings Celestial Café

Celestial Seasonings Celestial Café

  • 4600 Sleepytime Drive
  • tel:+1 303 530 5300
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80301

The famous maker of herb and traditional teas, Celestial Seasonings, also has a Café that offers breakfast and lunch. Lunch items include soups, a salad bar, burgers, sandwiches, desserts, and of course, a large selection of tea. The Celestial Seasonings complex is roughly a 10-minute drive from downtown Boulder, so go on out and have some lunch after touring the factory. read more about Celestial Seasonings Celestial Café

Pearl Street Mall

Pearl Street Mall

  • Pearl Street
  • Pearl St. from 11th to 15th sts
  • tel:+1 303 442 1044
  • Boulder, 80302

This four-block pedestrian mall is a unique and essential part of Boulder. With a wide selection of shops and restaurants, this mall is sure to keep you entertained as you stroll in and out of art galleries, listen to musicians playing free live music, enjoy the shows of buskers (such as the famous Derek Derek), and have a bite to eat on one of Pearl Street's many outdoor patios. It's also a great place for kids, with water spouts that come out of the bricks by 14th street, street performers making balloon art, and big animal statues on which to climb on the east side of the walking mall. In the summer, Pearl Street is host to many events such as Band on the Bricks and the Downtown Boulder Art Fair. The stores also extend both east and west of the walking portion of the Pearl Street Mall, so be sure to continue on to find more interesting stores and restaurants. read more about Pearl Street Mall

Jill's in the St. Julien Hotel

Jill's in the St. Julien Hotel

Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival

Boulder Café

Boulder Café

  • 1247 Pearl Street
  • tel:+1 303 444 4884
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  • Boulder, 80302
John's Restaurant

John's Restaurant

Frasca Food and Wine

Frasca Food and Wine

  • 1738 Pearl Street
  • tel:+1 303 442-6966
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  • Boulder, 80302
West End Tavern (The)

West End Tavern (The)

  • 926 Pearl Street
  • tel:+1 303 444 3535
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  • Boulder, 80302
Foolish Craig's Café

Foolish Craig's Café

  • 1611 Pearl Street
  • tel:303 247 9383
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  • Boulder, 80202
Sunflower Restaurant

Sunflower Restaurant

  • 1701 Pearl St.
  • 2 blocks east of the mall
  • tel:3034400220
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  • Boulder, 80302
Bands on the Bricks

Bands on the Bricks

Mediterranean (The)

Mediterranean (The)

  • 1002 Walnut Street, Suite 101B
  • tel:303 444 5335
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  • Boulder, 80302
Kitchen (The)

Kitchen (The)

  • 1039 Pearl Street
  • tel:303 544-5973
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  • Boulder, 80302
Boulder Theater

Boulder Theater

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

Hotel Boulderado

Hotel Boulderado

  • 2115 13th St
  • At Spruce St
  • tel:+1 303 442 4344
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302
Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites

Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites

The Boulder Outlook is located across the street from the University of Colorado campus and a half-mile from Boulder Creek. The hotel's indoor recreation area brings a little bit of Boulder and the Foothills indoors with its 11-foot bouldering rock (with a smaller one for adventuresome youngsters), its chlorine-free indoor pool with a waterfall, and its flagstone spa tub. They also offer a fitness facility and dry saunas.

Located within the hotel is Blues & Greens, which is not your common hotel restaurant. Blues & Greens serves locally produced food that is sure to satisfy businesspeople to families traveling on a budget to those requiring special diet, including many vegetarian and vegan options.

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Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast

  • 2151 Arapahoe Ave.
  • tel:+1 303 442 3007 / +1 888 786 8440 (Toll Free)
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  • Boulder, 80302
St. Julien Hotel & Spa

St. Julien Hotel & Spa

  • 900 WALNUT STREET
  • tel:+1 877 303 0900 (Reservations) /+1 720 406 9696
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

The St. Julien Hotel is located just one block from the Pearl Street Mall, and its terrace has one of the best views in Boulder, overlooking the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Julien's spa and fitness center features an indoor lap pool and restorative treatments. This hotel has 23,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space that can prove for business meetings or celebrations. The guestrooms feature minibars, safes, large soaking tubs in the bathrooms, complimentary weekday newspapers, and high-speed Internet access. Jill's Restaurant, located inside the hotel, serves light fare using regional organic products.




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