Source: Boulder, CO
This spot, formally known as University Hill, is a one-stop-shop for the bar scene, live music and delicious grub. Located directly across from CU Boulder’s campus, here is the spot to be seen, and take part in timeless Boulder traditions and many more social activities. See a show at Fox Theater for the latest indie or electronic act, or grab a bite at the famous spot, The Sink, for a funky, ugly crust pizza that even President Obama has enjoyed himself.
Source: Boulder, CO
This area is without a doubt the heart and soul of the city and is a can’t miss stop if you’re in the area. The historic Pearl Street District is a brick-paved road that is home to local-owned shops, restaurants and exciting live street performers. If you want a reprieve from the hustle and bustle, stop into the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for afternoon tea and some quick bites.
When people think of Boulder, Colorado the one thing that often comes to mind are those dramatic, beautiful and jagged Flatirons where the city is nestled. This district is the most scenic and popular of the destinations in town and centers around the historic Colorado Chautauqua, founded in 1898. Here you’ll find elegant lodging options, a dining hall with local beers and a cultural center that is home to film festivals, concerts and yoga retreats.
This popular nature destination and path along the Front Range hugs the water for over five miles and is a hub for just about anything you can think of when it comes to outside activities. Stroll along with your favorite podcast on foot or by bike, pack a picnic, throw your kayak in or even float down the creek. Boulder Creek was even once named one of the top 10 lazy rivers in the US by Men’s Journal, so there is no question how this is one of the most popular destinations in the summer months.
Sure, there is so much to do outside in this city, but what if you want to indulge in something else for the day? Boulder, just like much of Colorado, has a massive beer culture that is waiting to be explored. The Boulder Brew Tour is whatever you want it to be, either join the 2-to-3-hour walking tour with free beer included or make a custom tour and pick the places you want to visit, the options are endless. Gain some beer knowledge and spend a day sipping in the sun with friends and family.
Here’s a fresh take on the idea of a classic history tour that will keep you entertained the whole time. This funky company will enlighten you on tales of scandals, murders and rivalry all throughout Boulder that made it the city it is today. The unique walking tour will keep you on your toes with some lively jokes and will surely educate you at the same time. You’ll meet the Arapahoe chief that greeted the first settlers to the area, hear about the city’s oldest hotel and an infamous story in the Boulder County Courthouse.
This top-notch cannabis dispensary with locations in both Denver and Boulder prides itself on not only award-winning marijuana selections but also employing the best staff possible. Here you’ll be offered the best varieties, potency and quality that one can find in Colorado with a smiling budtender to help you with any and all of your questions. Not only are they committed to bud, but they also hope to have a positive impact in the communities through their various social initiatives.
Source: Native Roots
Located on historic Pearl Street, this accessible, sleek and modern dispensary is your one-stop shop for all your cannabis-related needs. Whether you need shatter, vapes or edibles, when you’re here you can rest easy that you’ll have your pick of premium quality, all for a respectable price point. Native Roots believes doing good is part of good business, and each season you’ll see that they highlight a non-profit partner with in-store fundraiser campaigns. Next time you’re buying pre-rolls, ask your budtender how you can help the cause and donate even $1 to the current non-profit they are supporting.
Source: Silver Stem Fine Cannabis
As one of the very first in the cannabis industry in Colorado, this company is striving to not only create cannabis but an experience like no other. With flower exclusively grown in soil, hand-watered and hand-pruned, Silver Stem will always be a company to deliver the finest quality marijuana in a professional and safe environment. With over ten locations throughout Colorado and beyond, the customer will always have more than 25 strains to choose from that are backed by professional growers with vast experience. This is a perfect dispensary to hit on the way back from the mountains, nestled right outside of the city in Nederland.
Source: Terrapin Care Station
Founded right in Boulder, Colorado in 2009, this dispensary has stayed on the forefront of the ever-evolving cannabis industry with a customer-focused mentality. Terrapin is a cultivator, processor and provider of the finest quality cannabis in the medicinal and recreational space. Founded by none other than a CU Boulder graduate. Outside of delivering the best cannabis possible to the consumer, Terrapin works constantly to keep its green practices up to date by using BPA-free packaging, including recycling codes on jars and using compostable packaging whenever possible. Terrapin even holds a CannaAward winner for their eco-friendly initiatives.
Source: Boulder, Colorado USA
As one of the most popular stops along Pearl Street, this independent bookstore is sure to not disappoint. This 20,000 square foot bookstore holds more than 100,000 titles and puts on more than 200 events each year for the community, so everyone can find a little something that they love. It’s been “Best of Boulder” since 1987 by locals who promise you that you’ll get lost among the towering shelves and wood floors as you sift through the beloved “staff picks”.
With the beautiful backdrop of the Flatirons towering over much of the city comes a blossoming art scene. Founded in 1972 by local artists, this museum has been the home to local and international creatives alike to explore contemporary art. BMoCA has been a cultural cornerstone for decades, as thought-provoking exhibits and educational programs can entice and encourage all ages and interests. BMoCA believes that art should be accessible to everyone always and has free admission for all on Saturdays.
Opened in 1984 with the two original partners still managing the gallery today, you’ll find contemporary art in a wide range of media that includes acrylic and oil paintings, monotypes, etching, collages, sculpture and so much more. Outside of the art, 15th Street doesn’t miss an opportunity to give back and supports a vast number of non-profits that range from AIDS initiatives to the Denver Children’s hospital. With exhibitions constantly changing, you’ll find something new and thoughtful every time you step inside. They even do custom framework that is museum-like quality.
If you like to spend time in the kitchen, we have the store for you. This boutique, kitchenware shopping experience has called Pearl Street home for over 35 years. In true Boulder fashion, it has been independently owned and operated since opening its doors, and rivals any big, corporate retail business that you see today. You’ll find other-worldly kitchen gadgets, gourmet foods, any cookbook that you could possibly think of writing about any cuisine and top-of-the-line appliances. The atmosphere is inviting, as you can shop for a simple to the most elegant gift.
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated night out, this Northern Spain-inspired restaurant will deliver just that. With a focus on wood-fired steak and seafood and an impressive wine list to match, you’ll be able to sit back and sip while enjoying a nice mountain view. Corrida’s nice tapas selection will keep everyone happy while they wait for their wagyu New York strip steak to be cooked to perfection.
Who doesn’t love some delicious, home-cooked Chinese food? Here at this street food-centric stop, you’ll find handmade potstickers, steam buns and homemade noodles, all at a reasonable price point. If you’ve been looking for the best dim sum in Boulder, look no further, and while you’re at it make sure you try the “CPR”. It’s a hearty chicken, potato and rice stew served up in a layered, aromatic broth.
This pub curates a laid-back, jam-band, bohemian vibe while serving up high-quality tavern food made from a scratch kitchen, all while brewing every beer you’ll see on the menu. It’s a great spot to kick back with a delicious burger, especially after hiking the Flatirons all afternoon. You won’t find any TVs and they won’t take credit cards (cash only!), so enjoy the simplicity that you don’t often find everywhere else.
This tiny, Japanese-style restaurant has a homey, pub-like feel that is an energetic place to enjoy Japanese spirits while eating delicious food. This spot is also all about a traditional experience too, as they recommend ordering in rounds and giving time between each to relax and enjoy the conversation between friends. Many people enjoy asking for “Omakase”, which translates to “I’ll entrust in you”. Here, your server will put together a meal, all within your budget while you sip on delicious sake pairings.