Boulder enjoys a reputation as one of Colorado’s most forward-thinking cities. Its longstanding spirit of innovation is powered by the University of Colorado-Boulder, whose anchoring presence has influenced generation after generation of local residents. The city is also nestled into the sweeping Rocky Mountain foothills, and its spectacular alpine scenery and excellent outdoor recreation are major tourist draws.
If you’re a skiing or snowboarding aficionado, the best time of year to visit is between January and March, during the height of the winter sporting season. Otherwise, your best bet is to arrive between June and August, though fall visits are also rewarding as the city and surrounding area enjoy dazzling displays of foliage. Here are 10 things other than hitting the slopes that you’ll want to make room for during your time in Boulder:
10. Enjoy a Photo Op at the Flatirons
If you’ve ever seen a photo of Boulder, chances are it featured the Flatirons. These iconic rock walls overlook the city from their perch on its southwestern flank, and are accessible free of charge every day between dawn and dusk.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have a more enjoyable visit: some of the hiking trails can be very steep, and they can also get pretty slippery after a rainfall or snowfall. Make sure you bring professional-grade hiking gear if you plan on attempting some of the more difficult climbs. Also, don’t forget your camera. You’ll see stunning landscapes you’ll want to capture.