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Must See Attractions In Boulder, Colorado

Updated on August 22, 2009

Must-See Attractions In Boulder

For anyone looking to travel to an often overlooked area that is out of the way and may make it possible to avoid crowds on their next vacation, a look into traveling to Boulder, Colorado may be just the thing. Boulder offers wonderful scenery and a quiet mountain town atmosphere. It also just happens to be one of the top spots in the country for anyone looking to participate in outdoor recreation. From the many options located right within the city to the many more options with an easy drive, hike, or bike ride, Boulder has more than enough outdoor attractions to fulfill anyone looking to spend some time in the outdoors during their next vacation. Here is a look at just five of the attractions in Boulder that a would-be traveler should not miss out on.

Boulder Creek Path

The city of Boulder is lucky to have such a wonderful outdoor recreational resource like the Boulder Creek Path. Many cities lack an opportunity for their urban dwellers to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in an easy and pleasing way. The Boulder Creek Path is a paved path that stretches for almost eight miles and leads from the downtown area of the city out through the lowlands, and eventually ends up in the local mountainous areas. The path largely follows the Boulder Creek and is popular with bikers, joggers, rollerbladers, walkers, as well as tourists looking to spend sometime in Colorado's famous wide open spaces.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory.
Photo by krossbow.

At first thought, most vacationers would not necessarily think that touring a tea company's factory could be fun, but they'd be wrong. The Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory offers the chance to see and learn how their product is made in a very fun atmosphere. Highlights of the tour include seeing the herb garden, watching how tea bags are actually filled and made, and also paying a visit to the almost overwhelming mint room. Families with kids of all ages will be entertained by this unique opportunity to see how a major company's product is made. Fans of the tea itself will see this as a once in a lifetime chance to see how their favorite drink is made.

4600 Sleepytime Dr

Boulder, CO 80301-3292

(303) 530-5300

Leanin' Tree Museum Of Western Art

There are a number of art museums and gallery in the United States that feature detailed exhibits about the past masters. Old world paintings from long ago are revered by many for the great works of art that they are. One type of art that does not get its just rewards though is western art. A visit to the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art is a great way to see one of the best collections of artwork inspired by America's Old West and cowboy times that there is offered anywhere. Visitors do not even have to be interested in western art, or western art collectors themselves, to appreciate both the artwork and the artists who create these wonderful pieces for everyone to enjoy. Western art has a beauty that is unique among the artwork of the world and the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art is the perfect place to go to appreciate it.

6055 Longbow Dr

Boulder, CO 80301-3203

(303) 530-1442

Flagstaff Mountain

One of the most recognizable landmarks in the entire Boulder, Colorado area is Flagstaff Mountain which sits close to the downtown area of the city and is accessible via a number of routes. A large network of hiking and mountain biking trails meander around and up the mountain, and the view from the top is one of the best views that can be found of the city of Boulder and the surrounding area. A popular activity in Boulder for locals and tourists alike is to spend the late afternoon playing in the state park located on Flagstaff Mountain and then climb to the top to enjoy the evening's sunset in peace and quiet.

Pearl Street Mall.
Photo by krossbow.

Pearl Street Mall is located in downtown Boulder and is a four-block open-air shopping area that is closed to motor vehicles and a great place for a vacationer to both stretch their legs and have a fine shopping experience. The mall features some of the best eateries in Boulder, with a number of different authentic cuisines available to be enjoyed. The mall also features a wide variety of shops and retail outlets, everything from national chain stores to locally owned boutiques and gift shops, that visitors from out of town can explore and find whatever it is that they need... or at least want. A trip to the Pearl Street Mall isn't complete though without the experience of enjoying a nice cool beverage while listening to some great local street musicians. A wonderful place to spend some down time in Boulder, Colorado.

1048 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO 80302

(303) 442-2911

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A visit to Boulder provides the traveler with more than just the opportunity to see another city from the window of their hotel. The city offers quality shopping and dining to right along with all of the beautiful scenery and activities that can be found there. A trip to Boulder is a great way to spend a vacation, it simply is one of America's hidden gems.

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    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      We just moved to the Boulder area. It is also a great place to live. Very nice lens.

    • oztoo lm profile image

      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      Hey great lens. Looks like a good place to visit.