What to do in Boulder, Colorado: A Weekend Guide

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Explore Boulder, Colorado and you’ll understand why its been voted America’s happiest city. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Boulder offers lots of great outdoor activities, healthy (and delicious) eats, and great craft brews. Read on for our weekend trip guide of Boulder.

Day One- Friday

When you drive from the Denver airport to Boulder, you’re in for a beautiful drive. You’ll be in awe as you drive closer and closer to the Rocky Mountains. Check into your hotel before exploring Boulder’s beer scene. We love the historic Hotel Boulderado for a little bit of laid back luxe. Adventure lovers will love the Boulder Adventure Lodge for easy access to climbing, skiing, biking, skiing, and all of Boulder’s other adventures.

Sample some of that famous Boulder beer at Upslope Brewing in their trendy taproom. After a beer (or a few, they’re that good) grab a bite to eat at Chimera which offers award winning Pacific Rim cuisine. From vegan veggie bao to Korean BBQ, there’s so many delicious dishes to try.

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Day Two- Saturday

There’s nothing like Saturday in Boulder because Saturday is farmers’ market day. Before feasting on Boulder’s best eats, hike at Chautauqua Park. To fuel your hike, grab a coffee at OZO Coffee Company, one of the top 25 coffee roasters in America. We love Chautauqua’s Royal Arch hike for Boulder’s best views, but no matter which trail you choose, a stellar view of the Flatiron rock formations will be included.

You’ll be ready to eat after an active morning and the Boulder Farmers Market has got you covered. There are plenty of free samples to be had, but be warned, you may want to buy everything you see (we do). Make sure to check out Rincon Argentino’s Argentinian empanadas and Thrive’s delicious, raw, vegan food.

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If you have any energy left, walk around Boulder’s quaint Pearl Street, exploring locally owned shops. Search through a wide collection of books at the Boulder Book Store and ethical fashion finds at Momentum.

Spend the evening at a Boulder favorite, The Kitchen, an American bistro serving super high quality, locally sourced food from nearby farms. We can’t get enough of their seared scallops in thai yellow curry topped with pink grapefruit and roasted pork chops with bosc pears. Their flavorful plant based small plates are to die for. The Kitchen is fit for carnivores and vegans alike.

Day Three- Sunday

Unfortunately it’s the last day in Boulder, but have no fear because Boulder does an excellent Sunday Brunch. We also saved the best for last. The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House is something truly special. The tea house was shipped from Tajikistan as a gift to Colorado. Enjoy brunch at the ornate teahouse and you’ll feel transported to the beautiful middle east. We can’t say enough about their whole wheat chai pancakes and kookoo sabzi (a persian herb omelette with baba ghanoush, saffron rice, walnuts, and homemade naan).

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If you have enough time, explore the Boulder way, on bike. Rent bikes at University Bicycles on Pearl Street. Cruise around town and soak in that last bit of Colorado sun.

Enjoy!

For more things Colorado, check our Denver guide for the best eats, hikes, and hotels in the Colorado capitol.