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Snug against the dramatic Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains, the view is breathtaking from most anywhere in town. Boulder is one of the few cities to be literally right up against the mountains, which helps create the environment. The founding fathers also sought to preserve this beauty by surrounding the city with parks and open space, so the Denver metroplex will never encroach, as it has on neighboring towns.
Downtown Boulder is a mecca for arts and crafts and other cultural activities. Most noticible, and unique, is the Pearl Street Mall, which is a must for visitors at any time of year. "The Pearl" is an outdoor walking mall lined with oddball shops, and even odder people. You'll almost always find to find a juggler, unicycle rider or magician on the Mall, while being treated to various musical accompaniments.
A 30 minute drive west up any of the well groomed canyon roads and you'll be treated to some of the most incredible Rocky Mountain views anywhere, and world class resorts like the Eldora Ski Area near Estes Park.
Words of warning to the traveller: Boulder is home to the University of Colorado (widely considered a "Public Ivy League" school) with a student population of 25,000 students. Make hotel and entertainment reservations well ahead of time or you might not be able to stay in town. During home "Big 12" football games, or other times when parents or alumnii are in town, Boulder bulges over and can barely handle the population due to the strict anti-growth laws. Also, don't expect to stay here inexpensively. The cost-of-living is very high in Boulder. Hotels and B&B's charge premium rates, and eating out can get very expensive if you don't visit the same places the students go rather than the tourist targets. A Best Bet is to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants on "The Hill" near campus.
One further note: Just outside of the Boulder area is a great skydiving joint, for those out there who are willing to take the plunge so to speak. It's called "Mile High Skydiving" and it offers quite a thrill to anyone who'll take it. The prices are high but not overly and the people are friendly. They are one of the few places around the area that will take you up the full 12,500 feet and let you jump Tandem. They don't offer Static Line so be prepared to jump with someone strapped to your back. All in all, it's a great way to spend the day.
The head office of Celestial Seasonings Tea Company is located in Boulder. It was founded by some hippies in the 1960's and produces many unusual teas that are sold in many countries around the world. Tours are given of the head office complex and they are very enjoyable and informative - a highlight of visiting Boulder especially if you enjoy drinking various types of tea.