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There's a reason people who move to Colorado never make it home: Boulder.
Just a short ride from Denver, this smaller city is one of the central grounds for outdoor adventurers like Anton Krupicka and musicians like Gregory Alan Isakov. With Rocky Mountain National Park just on the outskirts and the youthfulness of a college population, you'll get a perfect mix of city action and nature nothingness.
After talking to local chefs, baristas, entrepreneurs and adventurers, we've conjured up your ultimate day in Boulder, Colorado.
Sunrise Bike Ride in Betasso Preserve
Bikers can speed through the large trees while hikers can enjoy wide expanses of beautiful vistas. Well maintained trails close to Boulder allow for everyone to get out and stretch their legs without having to plan an entire day. Remember though! Locals love to swing by after work so it'll get a little busy around 5, and bikes aren't allowed on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Coffee at Boxcar
Ethically sourced and supremely brewed, you'll measure the rest of your day by this benchmark. Grab some fresh pastries while you're at it!
Breakfast Burritos at Blackbelly
Dine like royalty at Blackbelly Butcher. Wild Woods Brewery co-owner Erin Evans says, 'Start your day with Blackbelly's breakfast burritos, which are made with green chiles and tater tots. Blackbelly Butcher is an east Boulder hidden secret and those burritos pretty much are the fuel for a brew or bottling day at our brewery.'
Check out the full Boulder, CO city guide Where to grab your next beer in Denver or Boulder The Ultimate Day in Denver, CO
Lunch & Beers at Mountain Sun
Mountain Sun is Boulder. An eclectic and homey pub, with some of the best wings and nachos you'll ever have. In a town known for its craft beer, Mountain Sun's Colorado Kind Ale and Annapurna Amber stand out.
Dinner at BASTA
Nate Singer and Hosea Rosenberg, of Blackbelly and Santo both claim BASTA as their Boulder musts! According to Nate, "Kelly is doing such amazing stuff at BASTA, with his emphasis on artisan grains, seeds, and breads. If you go, order the piatta."
If the line at BASTA is too long, Kelly, BASTA's chef/owner, recommends dinner at Arcana.
Beers at Wild Woods
Beer enthusiast? Or just a casual beer enjoyer? Doesn't matter, Wild Woods Brewery has a beer for everyone. The beers are inspired by the wild places that founders Jake and Erin Evans love to camp nearby, giving this craft brewery a hyper-local, best of the outdoors feel. If you're anything like co-founder Erin you will be dreaming of wildflowers as you sip a Wildflower Pale.
Catch a Show at Boulder Theater
Complete your Boulder experience by taking in the city's sounds with a show at the Boulder Theater. The tiered floor and great acoustics ensure everyone in the room will have a great experience. Check out their website for upcoming shows!