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20-hours in Boulder

26 Mar 2011  After years of traveling to CO on a monthly basis and now a resident, these are my little snippets of things to do that won't break the bank and you won't consider killing time.
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Flying into DEN too late to head up to WY or into the mountains, but too early to just kill time at a hotel by the airport? Spend the day in Boulder to see what Mork and Mindy thought the big fuss was about and give your body time to acclimate to the altitude.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Eldorado Springs, Boulder
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Avis Preferred
    https://www.avis.com/car-rental/profile/route.ac?context=CarAndService...

    All the times I am quoting are arrival times. Your experience my vary.

    Land at DEN at noon. This isn't so much a recommendation for Avis (though I use them with much satisfaction) as it is to register for your rental car company's preferred program. The last thing you want to do after your 2+ hour flight and 45+ minutes to get to the actual rental car counter (i.e., disembark, train to main terminal, luggage, shuttle to rental car row) is to have to wait for another 30" to get your car. Take care of this stuff before you get on the plane so you can go straight to your car and get on with your trip.

  • 2. Whole Foods in Superior
    http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/superior/

    1:30 p.m., 39.956300, -105.168176 - I know, I know. You're hungry. You're on vacation, so treat yourself with some snacks from those uppity-foodies from Austin. Suggesting this instead of a restaurant b/c: a) sitting for another 45 minutes is probably the last thing you want to do, b) there are picnic tables and benches at your next desitnation, and c) you need munchies for your up/coming roadtrip.

  • 3. Eldorado Canyon State Park
    Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Springs, Colorado

    2:30 p.m., 39.929545,-105.290197 - Just when you think, "Where is that crazy 'txtxyeha' sending us?", then you are almost at the entrance of the park where it costs you $8 per vehicle (credit cards accepted). More specifically you are looking for Fowler Trail. This is a wheelchair-accessible trail so we're talking easy-peasy; however, if you are VERY afraid of heights then be warned. Half-way down the trail be prepared the exclaim [in your best Eunice voice], "How...in...the...HELL did they get in that spot?!" as you look across the canyon at the rock climbers. All-in-all this is about a two-hour detour before you get into Boulder.

  • 4. The Bradley
    The Bradley Boulder Inn, Boulder, Colorado

    4:00 p.m., 40.019731,-105.274571 - I really, really miss this place. Twelve rooms, great location, a living room right out of a magazine, wonderful hot breakfast in the morning, and very nice people. Enjoy some wine/beer with cheese promptly at 5 so you'll have enough time at your next desitination. Also grab a bottle of water on your way to the the Pearl Street pedestrian mall which starts one block away.

  • 5. Peppercorn
    http://www.peppercorn.com/aboutpeppercorn.html

    5:15 p.m., Pearl & 13th Streets - If you thought the Whole Foods idea was good, then you are going to love this unique home and kitchen shop on the Pearl Street pedistrian mall. They close up at 6 p.m., and yes, you'll probably be the last ones out the door.

  • 6. Boulder Cafe
    Boulder Cafe, Boulder, Colorado

    6 p.m. to dusk, Pearl and 13th Streets - Again, this isn't as much of a recommendation for the Boulder Cafe (though this is one of my favorites) as a good place to see street performers on the pedestrian mall. Enjoy your stroll on the mall, probably can't make a mistake regarding where you choose to eat, and enjoy the creativeness of the street performers.

  • 7. Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
    Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory, Boulder, Colorado

    10:00 a.m., 40.059142,-105.218881- I'm throwing in this one because: a) if you sleep late, b) it's the most popular attraction in Boulder per TA, and c) it's on your way out of town if you are heading north to Wyoming.