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Exploring Boulder

Nationally known as one of the best American cities to live in, Boulder is a vibrant college town that pulses with youthful energy and basks in a phenomenal location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder is blessed with a uniquely urban vibrancy that mixes with the charm of a small town to make Boulder a place unlike any other.

Getting There

From Denver, take I-25 to the nearby US 36 for the 24 mile (1/2 hr) trip to Boulder.

Coach &Bus  
Regional Transportation District (RTD), the local public transportation provider, also offers frequent buses from both DIA (AB route - $12) and Denver (B route - $4.50). (303) 299-6000

Getting Around

The RTD services the Boulder area including the SKIP and the HOP. The SKIP operates primarily from north to south on Broadway, while the HOP brings passengers through a loop around the University Hill area, Crossroads Mall, and the Pearl Street Mall. Fares for all buses are $2 while a 10 ride ticket book may be pre-purchased for $18. (303) 299-6000

Things to See & Do

Boulder has a wealth of interests for visitors of all types. The downtown is focused around Pearl St. mall, while the beautiful campus of the University of Colorado gives way to the area of the Hill. And the mountains offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The Visitor Info Center is located at 1301 Pearl St. (303) 449-3774

Pearl St. Mall
With its bright flowers (in summer and spring), chic shops, and delicious restaurants, this beautiful outdoor pedestrian mall is a must see for any visitor to Boulder. It is a great place to relax, with many benches and grassy fields, take in street performers, or simply enjoy watching the floods of interesting people that flow by. To both the east and west of the mall lie slightly less expensive and touristed districts. West Pearl has a couple of galleries, more quality restaurants and bars. East Pearl is home to many of Boulder’s famed hippie community. Along Pearl St. there is also a string of instrument shops and many other funky, alternative stores and restaurants.

Foolish Craig’s
Great café with an eclectic menu. Breakfast to dinner. 1611 Pearl St.

The best pizza in town. 801 Pearl St. at 9th.

A wonderful coffee shop and used bookstore. 940 Pearl St.

The Hill
This is the center of the University of Colorado’s student life. Speckled with stuffed bars, the best music stores in the city, and many restaurants the Hill draws more students and fewer yuppies to less fancy dens than Pearl St.

La Iguana
Offers tasty Mexican food and margaritas on a comfortable outdoor patio. 1301 Broadway.

The Fox Theatre
Top-bill national and local bands nightly. 1135 13th St.

Outdoor Activities
Boulder is possibly the exercise capital of the world. Olympian runners flock from around the world to train in the clean mountain air and high altitude, while nearly every person within the city gets their fitness fix in some way or another. Mountain biking for all abilities is plentiful in the area. Within the city, the Boulder Creek path is overrun with rollerbladers, walkers, joggers, and bikers going from as far west as Boulder Canyon to the eastern-most reaches of the city limits along the beautiful creek. The Mountain Park and Open Space systems of Boulder are some of the most extensive and impressive in the nation and offer many great hikes through the great natural scenery of the immediate area. For trail guides and further information call
(303) 441-3440.
University Bicycles   A great bike shop with all the tools to get you on the trail. 839 Pearl St. (303) 444-4196

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