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Boulder, CO and nearby

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Boulder, CO: The land of hiking, cycling, and beer-drinking.

You can see the Flatirons and the Rockies beyond that, and who doesn’t love being surrounded by mountains? Boulder folks are some of the most active people in America. And here it’s sunny around 300 days out of the year, making it very easy to be outdoors all the time. Residents are fairly affluent – except I guess the college students – and tend to be very liberal, so there’s a fair amount of homogeneity. But the food is great, the beer is great (with breweries like New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Avery all based nearby), and the options for what to do are nearly endless. Great first visit there.

Riding Boulder's B-cycle bikeshare along the Boulder Creek Path.

Riding Boulder’s B-cycle bikeshare along the Boulder Creek Path.

We tried out Boulder’s own bikesharing system, the B-cycle, for a casual ride to explore the area. You can feel the effects of the elevation almost immediately – we’re not used to being 5,000 feet high! Considering we’re typically just above sea level, the elevation change took a little getting used to.

More photos after the cut.

We enjoyed a few brews (and a fancy lemonade) in the sun. The effects of elevation and the sun in Colorado are no joke! Apply sunscreen liberally.

Drinks at the West End Tavern in Boulder, CO.

Drinks at the West End Tavern in Boulder, CO.

You can also take trips to nearby breweries for some sampling and to tour the facilities. We joined an informative tour of the Oskar Blues Brewery – and even picked up a Dale’s Pale Ale-infused hot sauce (haven’t tried that yet).

Inside the Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, CO.

Inside the Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, CO.

Refreshing views.

Refreshing views.

The University of Colorado at Boulder has lots of buildings made with sandstone, giving it a unified and distinctive look.

Student center at CU-Boulder.

Student center at CU-Boulder.

And the hiking nearby is incredible. We decided to make a day trip into Rocky Mountain National Park, only a short drive from Boulder.

In Rocky Mountain National Park.

In Rocky Mountain National Park.

It was a little hot, but very dry (none of that DC humidity), and the hike to Fern Falls was beautiful. Nice variety of terrain. IA small snake ran right across my path and we also spotted a cute squirrel.

The trail to Fern Falls.

The trail to Fern Falls.

Boulder has a nice range of independent businesses, like this spice shop that my friends found. There’s a stretch of shops along Pearl Street, which is partially a pedestrian mall.

Savory spice shop.

Savory spice shop.

Written by Crystal Bae

May 11th, 2012 at 6:08 am

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  1. Wow, I never really thought I’d be interested in visiting Colorado but your post has made everything look so lovely and beautiful. I’m digging that spice shop!

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    11 May 12 at 7:27 am

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