Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Boulder Colorado


S and I just returned from a little Colorado getaway. My company’s headquarters is in downtown Denver so I’m lucky to spend a lot of time there. S decided to join me this time around so he flew into Denver last week and we spent a few nights downtown and then explored Golden and Boulder as well.

This year, we have a lot of fun trips planned so I’m working towards bringing a lot of travel content like new city travel guides and hotel reviews.

Since I’ve spent more time in Denver, my guide for that city is a bit more comprehensive. With that, I figured I’d kick off my travel guides with Boulder! We spent a little over 24 hours in Boulder which was honestly the perfect amount of time. Boulder is a college town, but the main strip on Pearl Street is full of local eats, cafes and cute boutiques for visitors to enjoy. There are a lot of mountains to explore whether you’re e beginner or very experienced. We planned this trip at the perfect time too because there weren’t any tourists flooding the streets or mountains!

Today I’m going to share what to do with 24 hours in Boulder.

1.HIKE MOUNT SANITAS: This is a three mileish loop that is a great challenge, but is perfectly fine for a hiking beginner. The views are amazing. When you first hop on the trail, you can go left to a red rock area that is an easy, short hike. You can also go to your left which is the longer hike with another amazing view. Although we are very active, this was our first time ever hiking. We LOVED it and have made a plan to check off a bunch of New England hiking spots this year. Having one on one time exploring outdoors, while breaking a sweat and finding a breathtaking view was so enjoyable together. As far as Boulder goes, if you’re wanting to hike this spot is great for beginners or experienced hikers alike.


2. HIKE ROYAL ARCHES: We had this marked for our second day hike, but due to the frigid temps that swept in overnight, we hit up Flagstaff Mountain instead. Since this was highly suggested from my ladies on IG (when I asked for Boulder suggestions), I wanted to include it. To get a feeling of the hike, head to Instagram and search this location. It looks super cool and I’ve heard it’s a challenge, but great for hiking beginners.

3. EAT BRUNCH: For breakfast or brunch, 100% go to Snooze. This breakfast spot started in Denver and has now popped up all over Colorado and in Austin, Texas. The interior is eclectic and the food is phenomenal. Even something as simple as apple juice was out of this world. For my Massachusetts readers, it’s similar to Breakfast Club in Allston, but more room and more modern. Anyways, S and I hate repeating restaurants while we travel, but we did this time around! We ate at Snooze in downtown Denver and hit up the Boulder location.


4. EAT DINNER: For dinner, we went to SALT which is a local, farm to table style restaurant. We loved the beet salad, french fries and house lavender lemonade.

5. COFFEE: Anytime I travel, I cafe hop. I love to wake up early, exploring the area before others wake up and grabbing a coffee. Out of the four I tried, my favorite spot in Boulder was Boxcar Coffee Roasters.


6. DRIVE OR HIKE FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN: The morning of our flight, we wanted to squeeze in another mountain visit and originally planned on an early AM Royal Arches hike, but the cold temps diverted us to driving up Flagstaff instead. And it was awesome! You can also drive up part way, park and hike which we wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t so chilly. Instead, we drove up, which was so cool within itself, and parked at the varying parking spots to take in all the varying views. 


Flagstaff Mountain would really be for anyone because if you’re looking for an intense hike you could take on the whole mountain. If you’re a beginning hiker, you can drive up half, park and hike. Or if you just want the views or the weather is crummy, you can just drive up!


7. SHOP: As much as I love fashion, I’m not much of a vacation shopper. If I do shop around, I like to find little sentimental pieces from boutiques rather than places I can shop anywhere. Pearl Street is the main strip in Boulder which has all the shopping. This strip has some local shops and also main stream stores like Patagonia, Urban Outfitters, Lush and Free People.

I hope this gives you some ideas for your next Boulder trip! This is one place you can totally check off your bucket list with only 24ish hours. If you’ve visited before, what was your favorite spot in Boulder? Xo Mindy

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  1. I visited my cousin in Boulder a few years ago and this reads like an overview of my visit too! Loved Snooze, almost died trying to hike Mount Sanitas (I blame the elevation, definitely not my lack of exercise haha) and we drove up Flagstaff Mountain. Boulder is such a cool city! Can’t wait to go back.

  2. Le says:

    This post just made me super excited for my upcoming trip to the grand canyon!

  3. Lily says:

    I’ve never been to Boulder but we would love to visit one day. It looks beautiful!

  4. the sophia diaries says:

    omg i can’t wait to go hiking again xD and seriously love all these photos! maybe i gotta go to colorado one day haha

  5. Annaliese says:

    I went to Colorado Springs when I was in middle school but other then that I’ve never been back! I’d love to see Denver as an adult!! Boulder seems like such a great area too! I love hiking so these hikes sound amazing.

    xoxo A

  6. Deborah says:

    Colorado is on my top 10 list of states to visit! Boulder seems like such a cool city! Definitely want to go and hike the mountains there!

  7. nichole says:

    absolutely beautiful! colorado is only 8 hours from me, and i can’t believe i’ve never been!! will be referencing this post for when i make a trip.

  8. BEtsy says:

    WOW Those views are exquisite. COlorado is definitely on my to visit list at some point. I’d love to get to Denver.

  9. Alix Maza says:

    We did a lot of these things when we went to boulder also! fun post.

  10. Colorado is on my visit list. I love the mountains so I hope I get there soon.

  11. taylor says:

    Boulder looks gorgeous!! definitely somehwere i want to visit one day

  12. Amanda says:

    Wow, these views look gorgeous! What a special trip 🙂

  13. Emily says:

    I’ve never been to Colorado but I would love to visit both Denver and Boulder! Both look so beautiful and amazing

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