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You're Going to Love Boulder

Sometimes, visiting Boulder feels like traveling to another planet, the air is so pure, the skies are so blue, and the people are so welcoming. Located in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Boulder is one of America's leading outdoor destinations, but it has more to offer than trails, ski slopes, and mountains.

If you just want to enjoy the scenery or test your physical capabilities, you can rent equipment and climb in the Flatirons, take a tent out onto the trails and sleep under the stars or take mountain bikes to local spots like Marshall Mesa.

But you don't need to leave town to enjoy a stay in Boulder. Travel during the Colorado Music Festival to watch some of America's finest orchestras, walk along Boulder Creek (or try some tubing if the weather is fine) and dine at superb restaurants like Sushi Zanmai or Frasca.

There's a reason why the world's elite athletes flock to Boulder - and it's not just about access to expert training. The fresh air, mountain setting and local culture make it the ideal place for world-class runners and everyday vacationers alike.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Boulder

What to do in Boulder

When to Visit Boulder

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Boulder is a wonderful summer destination. Between June and August, the temperatures are rarely uncomfortably hot, and the trails, watering holes and mountains are there to explore. Both spring and fall can be good times to go (but pack a raincoat), while winter sees excellent skiing conditions, but very low temperatures.

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Where to Stay in Boulder

Boulder offers some accommodation with stunning views, but visitors tend to pay a premium for the views. The Alps Boulder Canyon Inn in Boulder Canyon is one of the best hotels on the outskirts of town, while Downtown options include the Hotel Boulderado and the St. Julien Hotel. For a slightly more romantic stay, you could also try Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, while student-oriented hostels like Boulder University Inn offer cut-price accommodation near the university.

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Shopping Streets

The best place to shop in Boulder is definitely Pearl Street Mall. Located in the Downtown neighborhood, Pearl Street is a pedestrianized district that has attracted huge numbers of independent businesses in recent years. Highlights include the souvenir store Art Mart, kite shop, Into the Wind, and Peppercorn, a kitchen boutique - but there are over 1,000 stores crammed into the four block area.

Groceries and Other

As you'd expect from an upscale student town, Boulder has a large number of organic grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Lolita's Market. However, for cheaper groceries, check out Safeway or King Soopers. In general, grocery costs won't be that high. Expect to pay $2.90 for a gallon of milk and $1.80 for a pound of apples (at the more affordable stores).

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Where to Eat in Boulder

Gourmet eating is one of Boulder's strong suits, with some truly exceptional eateries (and an incredibly high general standard of food). For a real experience, head up to Flagstaff House, which overlooks the city. Back in town, Illegal Pete's makes great burritos, Efrain's II is an excellent Mexican eatery and Frasca is a fantastic Italian restaurant. There's a wide range of cuisines to choose from, so everyone's tastes should be covered. Expect to pay around $30 for a high-end meal and less than $15 at most other places.

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