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Boulder, Colorado, USA — Travel Guide and Tips

Boulder, Colorado, USA
Boulder, Colorado, USA

Eclectic, stunningly beautiful, environmentally responsible, intellectual All these words might describe Boulder, but you can’t truly grasp this magical town until you visit it. Backed by vaulted, red rock slates, known as the Flatirons, Boulder bumps up against the foothills in one of nature-meets-town’s grandest fashions.

All these words might describe Boulder, but you can’t truly grasp this magical town until you visit it. Backed by vaulted, red rock slates, known as the Flatirons, Boulder bumps up against the foothills in one of nature-meets-town’s grandest fashions.

Natural surroundings imbue the town, long giving it a reputation as one of the nation’s outdoor sports capitals. Impeccably maintained hiking trails, climbing walls, river rapids appear at every turn.

The brick, pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall is perfect for a day of boutique shopping and munching at adorable bistros. Local galleries display a range of high-quality finds produced by a large community of local artists. For the essence of Boulder and a latte, head to the Trident Coffee House and Bookstore at the west end of the mall. And on “the hill,” just south of downtown, you’ll find the renowned University of Colorado (CU).

Other interesting Boulder ventures include the Celestial Seasonings (tea) factory, Chautauqua Park (and its concert and lecture series), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado University (CU) Campus, and The Boulder Creek Trail.

Nestled against the Flatiron mountains 48 km west of Denver, Boulder’s picturesque setting alone distinguishes it from other urban communities in the Rocky Mountain states. Yet, beyond the breathtaking scenery lies a town filled with culture, history and unique qualities that give Boulder its personality and make it one of Colorado’s most desired places to conduct business, to live, and to visit.

Travel Information: Sightseeing, Nature, Must-Do’s

A few keywords regarding the must-see’s and must-do’s in Boulder:
Pearl Street Mall + 29th Street Mall
Mapleton Hill Historic District
Chautauqua Park Historic District
Celestial Seasonings Tea factory
Dushanbe Teahouse
Boulder Falls
Boulder Outdoor Activities: running, rock-climbing, bicycling, hiking, and more.
Bolder Boulder 10k race, a must-do runner’s event end of May

Read our article: Boulder – Sightseeing

Weather & Climate

Boulder has a mild, four-season climate. Precipitation (rain) is about 20 cm (8 inches) per year. Boulder has an average of 300 days of sunshine, which is comparable to Miami or San Diego.
It is a dry climate, the humidity is very low and you need to be aware of the risk of dehydration while physically active.

Climate table in Celsius (Fahrenheit):

MonthMaxMin
Jan 6,1 (43) -8,3 (17)
Feb 7,7 (46) -7,2 (19)
Mar 10,5 (51) -3,9 (25)
Apr 16,1 (61) 1,1 (34)
May 21,1 (70) 6,6 (44)
Jun 27,2 (81) 11,7 (53)
Jul 30,5 (87) 15 (59)
Aug 30 (86) 14,2 (57)
Sep 25,5 (78) 9,4 (49)
Oct 19,4 (67) 3,3 (38)
Nov 11,7 (53) -2,8 (27)
Dec 7,7 (46) -6,6 (20)

Visitor Info and Getting Around

Area

24 square miles (62 qkm)

Parking

Parking is free on weekends and city holidays! But you still need to take a ticket and insert it into the machine when you exit the garage.

Garage/LocationApprox. spacesHours staffed
11th and Walnut (Randolph Center)about 25010 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday
11th and Spruceabout 35010 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday
15th and Pearl (Parking Services)about 60010 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday
10th and Walnut (St. Julien Hotel)about 50010 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
10 a.m.- 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday
14th and Walnut (RTD Bus Station)about 25010 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday

Public transportation

Several bus routes let Boulder appear as a perfect city with regard to public transportation. Almost every part of the city can be reached via bus. A park-and-ride system for serving the towns outskirts is available, too. Tickets can be bought inside the buses. Maps are available in the Visitor’s Bureau in Pearl Street.

Population

2019 estimated: 110.ooo to 115.ooo; 108.ooo (2016 estimatated); 97.ooo (2010); 94.673 (U.S.Census 2000; every 10 years)

Airport

Boulder Airport or Jefferson Airport for small planes – international travelers should use
Denver International Airport which is about an hour away.

Denver International Airport is situated northeast of Denver. It takes about 20-30 min to Denver and about 1 hr to Boulder by car. Public shuttle buses are the best alternative to reach Boulder. Costs vary around 20-30 Dollars. SuperShuttle offers such transport and is widely used in Boulder.
Taxis are available, too, costs are much higher: expect $80-$100.

Airport Address: 8500 Peña Blvd., Denver, CO

Website: https://www.flydenver.com/

Elevation

5.430 ft (1.655 m) above sea level

Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau

2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, Co 80302

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