Probably the most iconic sight in Boulder, these rock formations jut picturesquely into the sky, their craggy stone faces and wooded trails standing sentinel over the town. Whether hiking or climbing, conquering the Flatirons affords spectacular views of the Continental Divide. Start in historic Chautauqua Park, take the Chautauqua Trail, and follow signs for 1st/2nd Flatirons. Feeling ambitious? Take the Royal Arch Trail off of Bluebell Road Trail to get your sweat on.
You may know Boulder as a satellite of Denver, but this western city has an appeal all on its own. Set at the intersection of the mountains and the plains with the Flatirons as its backdrop, Boulder was made famous in the 1970s by the Robin Williams show, 'Mork & Mindy,' and it's long been known as a hippie enclave. Lately, though, the city has ballooned with the advent of the local Google campus and other industry headquarters. Regardless, Boulder still retains its funky charm, so much so that locals call it 'The People's Republic.'
In Boulder, there's easy access to the outdoors (there's probably a biking or hiking trail or water access right out your back door), great restaurants that range from food truck to upscale, plenty of art and entertainment options, and lots of craft beer to sample. Discover what the locals love about this city that's a mecca for nature lovers, college students, and culture hounds alike: These are the best things to do in Boulder.
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