Travel & Stay

Welcome to Boulder, Colorado!

Getting to Boulder



If you're traveling from out of state, you'll want to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN)

Getting to Boulder from the Airport

It takes 45 minutes to an hour to get from the airport to Boulder.

Apart from renting a car (likely your best option) or Ubering (which is pretty expensive), there is also a great bus that can drop you off downtown.

Bus Schedule


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If you’re coming from the west, just keep in mind that there are a lot of mountain passes in Colorado.  You may want to plan your route to avoid them or enjoy them as you see fit.  Generally all the passes are open (free of snow) by mid June.

Where to Stay

We don’t have an official hotel block as with a small wedding, we don’t meet the minimum requirements.

In general, we’d advise staying close to downtown (the Pearl Street Mall) if you want to be able to explore the “town” easily.  This is also the main area for restaurants.  You can also stay near Chautauqua Park (the most popular mountain park in Boulder) for great views and easy access to trails. 

The ceremony is atop Flagstaff mountain (the road to get there goes right past Chautauqua Park for reference), and the reception is just north of downtown.  

Here are a few hotels in the area that we’d recommend checking out:

St Julien Hotel & Spa

A luxury option in the heart of downtown.  The St Julien is a great option if you want one of the best hotels in Boulder.  It’s a block off of Pearl St, so you’re right near lots of great restaurants and stores to explore along the pedestrian mall.

Hotel Boulderado

Hotel Boulderado is a historic luxury hotel located downtown.  It’s a block off of Pearl St, so you’re right near lots of great restaurants and stores to explore along the pedestrian mall.

Fairfield Inn

The Fairfield Inn is located in South Boulder, and is a bit more reasonably priced than the downtown options.  It’s a good location, but not really in a walkable area.

What to Do


Bear Peak Loop

8.4 miles and 2,800 feet of gain to get you one of the best views of Boulder.

Trail Info

First and Second Flatiron Trail

The classic Boulder hike from Chautauqua Park.  2.4 miles and 1,400 feet of gain.

Trail Info

Royal Arch

3.3 mile out and back with 1,400 feet of gain to a cool “arch” overlooking Boulder.

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Flatirons Vista Trail

3.5 miles and 285 feet of gain – a much flatter trail with gorgeous views of the Flat Irons and southern peaks of Boulder.

Trail Info

Mount Sanitas Loop

5 miles and 1,300 feet of gain up one of the more mellow mountains in Boulder.  Great views and a lovely trail.  We recommend going up Sanitas and down Lions Lair.

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Red Rocks and Anemone Loop

4.4 miles and 977 feet of gain.  A really nice little loop that gets you views in both directions.

Trail Info

Boulder Skyline Traverse

17 miles and 6,000 feet of gain.  Do it as an out and back and double up for extra points.

Trail Info

Restaurants, Breweries & Coffee Shops

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

One of our favorite restaurants in Boulder.  Highly recommended.  Make your reservations well in advance.


Another favorite.  Entirely vegan and vegetarian.  If you want some delicious vegetarian fare on Pearl Street, check Leaf out.


Okay, look. We’ve never been here.  But it has a Michelin star.  If you’re looking to splurge on something special in Boulder, this might be your spot.


There’s a lot of good Mexican food around.  This is a good option if you like authentic and tasty but with a Colorado influence.  No, I don’t know what that means, either.


Another great Mexican option just off of Pearl.  If you like margaritas, you’ll probably like T/aco.

Mountain Sun Pub

[Cash Only] A great option for tasty pub fare.  Great burgers and beers.

Southern Sun

[Cash Only] Mountain Sun’s sister operation in South Boulder.  Try the Date Night Burger, you won’t be disappointed.

Walnut Cafe

Great breakfast/brunch spot.  There’s a location in central as well as South Boulder.


Are you craving sushi in a land-locked state?  Try Japango on Pearl Street.

The Kitchen

Great spot for an upscale meal on the west side of the Pearl Street Mall.


Want to grab a bit while on Pearl Street?  Avanti is a food hall with a variety of eateries inside.  Grab a seat up on the roof deck and enjoy the views.

Ozo Coffee

There are a lot of coffee shops around, but this one has the best coffee in our opinion.  Multiple locations around town.


Chautauqua Park

Probably the most popular attraction in Boulder.  Lots of hiking trails here, but you can also just enjoy the park.  Paid parking on the weekends, and it may be a madhouse.  Worth it though.


Pearl Street Mall

Boulder’s famous pedestrian mall.  Lots of shops and restaurants to explore.  This is Boulder’s “downtown”.


University of Colorado Boulder

In the summer they remove all the students and it’s actually quite nice to walk around.


Boulder County Farmer's Market

If you’re nearby (e.g. Pearl Street), checking out the Farmers Market can be fun.  They usually have food trucks/stands as well as your usual market items.


Eldorado Canyon

Eldo is a state park just south of Boulder with lots of hiking trails and great climbing.


Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

Do you like tea?  Do you like tours?  Wow! Consider combining your two favorite passions and take a tea tour!


Bike or E-Bike Rentals

Zoom along the Creek Path and avoid the geese!


Beyond Boulder

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Brainard Lake is a beautiful area to hike in, and is a bit closer than RMNP.  If you want to get up high but want to minimize the driving, this could be a good option.

Brainard Lake Parking Reservations

Red Rocks

Red Rocks is a natural open-air amphitheater and amazing concert venue in Morrison, CO.  It’s a popular place to check out even if there’s no event going on!

Rocky Mountain National Park

If you’re spending an extra day in Colorado, it’s worth checking out RMNP!  It’s about a 60-90 minute drive from Boulder depending on where in the park you’re going.