Microbreweries meet pristine parks and pine-scented trails in Boulder, a popular foodie town nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to the iconic Flatirons, Boulder is brimming with scenic bicycle paths, a bustling restaurant scene and timeless red-brick buildings.
Things to do in Boulder
If you do one thing in Boulder, make sure you experience the gigantic sandstone Flatirons up close. Admire their mystical allure and join the hoards of hikers, climbers and frisbee throwers at Chautauqua Park. For an easy to moderate hike, follow the three-kilometre Flatiron Loop Trail or up the ante by pursuing the five-kilometre Royal Arch Trail featuring panoramic views of Boulder.
Join the Boulder Brew Tour and savour the flavours of not only Boulder’s many boutique breweries but wineries and distilleries too. Discover how beers are made at Avery Brewery, an 80-barrel brewhouse, or taste award-winning wines at Decadent Saint. If you’re keen to keep active, follow the Boulder Ale Trail, a 24-kilometre bike path encompassing 10 microbreweries.
Do you love a cup of tea? Take a tour of Celestial Seasonings, one of the world’s largest tea producers and a real treat for tea enthusiasts. You’ll get a glimpse of the blending process, catch a whiff of the famous mint room and taste Celestial Seasonings’ selection of over 100 teas.
Take part in the summertime ritual of tubing down Boulder Creek. You can also stay on dry land with a walk, cycle or ride along the picturesque Boulder Creek Trail. The smooth paved path meanders alongside the creek beneath shady old trees ending in Central Park.
Getting around Boulder
Boulder is a 45-minute drive or 70-minute bus ride from Denver International Airport. With plenty of cycling paths and pedestrianised streets, walking and riding are popular ways to get around town. Due to condensed traffic, using the local bus and bike sharing program is the best option.