SPY Guide: 5 Unexpected Things to Do in Boulder

Things To Do In Boulder Colorado
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* Sky high views, fresh air and scenery
* Centrally located in the U.S. so a quick flight away
* Good food, friendly people and culture

Looking for the next location for your weekend getaway? Consider Boulder, CO, which boasts beautiful views, fresh air, friendly neighborhoods and, reportedly, more than 300 sunny days a year. But while you may know this Colorado beauty for its hikes and ski trails, there’s more to explore than just the mountains.

1. Mile High Gliding Tour 

Why see Boulder from below, when you can see it while gliding 5,000 feet up in the air? Get majestic views of the Rockies and Flat Irons, and even do a few aerial tricks while you’re at it. The tour comes with an experienced pilot and a chance to take over the controls yourself, if you’re so inclined.

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2. Local Table Tour

You probably know Colorado is famous for its beer, but what about its food? Chose anything from cocktail tours to coffee and chocolate tours, and get to know the local cuisine with guided jaunts led by experienced guides and self-proclaimed foodies. Your tastebuds — and your Instagram feed — will thank you.

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3. Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you prefer a more mild skyward journey (i.e. one that’s off your feet), Fair Winds offers a relaxing ride up in a hot air balloon, toward breathtaking views of the mountains. Bring your camera to capture the journey — just hold on tight and don’t drop it.

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4. Front Range Ride Guide Day Tour

If you’re not one to shy away from a physical challenge, this tour is for you. An intense, all-day tour, it takes you through some of Boulder’s best biking trails, whisking you away from the city and into the intense beauty of the Colorado forests and mountains. See why Boulder has become of the most popular cycling destinations in North America.

front range guides tour boulder Image courtesy TripAdvisor


5. Front Range Anglers Fishing Tour

Whether you’re new to the sport, or a seasoned pro, come back from your trip with a story to tell. Perfect for beginners or more seasoned fishermen, you can choose from a half day tour, or a full day tour that includes lunch.

front range anglers Image courtesy TripAdvisor


Looking for a place to stay?

The St. Julien Hotel and Spa features luscious, mountain-view rooms, a 10,000 sq ft spa featuring top-of-the-line products, and a sumptuous restaurant containing sustainable, organic products. In a city of casual accommodations, this one takes the cake as a truly luxurious spot to spend the night.

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