Best-Ever Places to Visit While in Boulder CO

By Dom Nozzi

Over the course of my life, I have visited Boulder CO a number of times, and that obligated me to research the best places to visit while in the city. I have also lived in Boulder – for 18 months in the mid-90s – and since December 2009 as a current resident of the city. I intend to live the remainder of my life in Boulder, as the city and its region seem to have an endless supply of places, culture, people and scenic/adventurous outdoor experiences that I love.

The following is my personal list of the very best places to visit and experience when in Boulder CO.

  • Pearl Street Mall (what a former mayor of a German city once called the best pedestrian mall in the world)
  • Boulder Creek Path and the City-wide Greenway Path System
  • Boulder Foothills Trails and Open Space System
  • Lucile’s (breakfast/lunch/brunch)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park trail system
  • Trail Ridge Road in RMNP
  • Dushanbe Tea House
  • Boulder Falls
  • Taj (Indian lunch buffet)
  • Jill’s Restaurant at St Julien
  • Aji’s Restaurant
  • Avalon Ballroom (for dancing)
  • Wonderland Lake (for paragliding)
  • Gondolier (homemade pasta)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • The Med Restaurant and Happy Hour
  • Mapleton Hill Neighborhood
  • Celestial Seasonings factory tour
  • Boulder Ck Winery tastings and tour
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
  • Brew Pubs: Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, BJ’s, Walnut Brewery
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • University of Colorado Campus
  • Indian Peaks & James Peak Wilderness
  • Ski resorts (including Eldora, Keystone, Copper, Vail, Winter Park, Steamboat, Crested Butte, A-Basin, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Breckenridge, Loveland)
  • Tour of microbreweries: Twisted Pine, Avery, Upslope
  • New Urbanism: Holiday, Prospect, Steelyards, Iris Hollow
  • Chautauqua
  • Red Rocks Ampitheatre
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Valmont bike park


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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One Response to Best-Ever Places to Visit While in Boulder CO

  1. We are architecture lovers, so we will have to check out the New Urbanism developments next time we are visiting! Dom, you really covered a lot of great places to visit on this list. Pearl Street Mall is also on our must-visit list now.

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