Boulder, Colorado is a thriving municipal city with a population of 97,385 as of the 2010 census. It is a very popular tourist destination in every season. Whether you dream of snowboarding in your yard or having a grand time at one of the infamous summer celebrations, you'll have an abundance of lodging options at your disposal. There are choices of private homes, condominiums, apartments, hotels, and townhomes downtown near the golf course and festivities, a secluded farmhouse in the mountains, and even an historic Victorian home alongside Boulder Creek.
Located 21 miles west of Boulder, the Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland provides a comprehensive offering of trails that range from meticulously groomed and very easy to extremely difficult, freestyle terrain, and ungroomed or patrolled, and there are five restaurants located throughout the premises.
Chautauqua Park has trailheads for many popular hikes.
Boulder Creek is a popular summer recreational spot for numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing, tubing, fly fishing, and wading.
There are a variety of climbing routes available throughout Boulder's open space, including climbing routes of varying difficulty on the famous Flatirons.
Boulder's Annual Colorado Music Festival offers a broad range of music styles, from traditional classical to eclectic world music, from June to August.
The Conference on World Affairs is an annual one-week conference in spring that features dozens of discussion panels on a variety of social issues.
The Boulder Creek Festival is held along the creek in Central Park during the summer.
The internationally syndicated radio program eTown has its headquarters in downtown Boulder. The program has a variety show format that is recorded before a live theater audience. It features live musical performances and interviews with musicians, authors, and other public figures.
Join hundreds of people who head to the Boulder Reservoir on New Year's Day to take part in The Annual Polar Bear Plunge.
The famous Pearl Street Mall is home to numerous shops and plenty of highly praised restaurants. This four-block pedestrian mall is a social hotspot in Boulder. It has an eclectic array of artisan shops, street vendors, henna tattoo artists, and unique gadget shops. Street shows and acts perform throughout the mall on weekends and during the summer.
The Hill is an historic shopping center next to the CU-Boulder Campus. It features some of Boulder's landmark stores and venues, Albums on the Hill and the Fox Theatre, The Hill is a center of college life social activity for many nearby sororities and fraternities.
The Twenty Ninth Street retail district is located east of downtown.
Boulder's local Farmers' Market is held every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening near the Pearl Street Mall April through October.
Boulder has a semi-arid climate with many sunny days each year. Temperatures peak in July in the low 90s and winter lows are usually above freezing, however Boulder receives close to 90 days of snow per year.
Most visitors arrive first in Denver at the Denver International Airport. It is located 45 miles southeast of Boulder and offers taxis, rental cars, and shuttles to Boulder. Once you've arrived in Boulder, there are an assortment of modes of public transportation and bike lanes available that greatly reduce the need for private automobile transportation.