Top 5 of Boulder’s Hidden Gems You Must Visit
From shopping on Pearl Street Mall to hiking through the Flatirons, it’s no secret that Boulder has endless things to do and see. Boulder may be a small-town, making people, even locals, believe they’ve seen and done it all, but there’s more to this quaint city than meets the eye. Here are six of Boulder’s hidden gems everyone needs to see.
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe
If you’re looking for a quiet place to work, grab a cup of coffee, or find your new favorite poetry book, Innisfree Bookshop is the place to be. As one of three exclusively-poetry bookstores in the US, Innisfree is a secret haven for poetry lovers of all ages.
The store also carries Conscious Coffees, an award-winning Boulder-based coffee roaster to really give you the full experience. You can’t beat the Innisfree atmosphere!
CU Boulder Museum of Natural History
Home to some of Boulder’s richest history, The New Museum of Boulder provides engaging experiences and dynamic exhibits that explore the past, present, and future of the city.
Here you can learn more about the life in Colorado’s freshwater, every species of snakes in the mountains, and see the effect that the growing population has on the ground level ozone. There are constantly new exhibits coming into the museum, so there’s always something exciting and new to learn about the city we know and love.
The No Name Bar
It’s as inconspicuous as it sounds. The No Name Bar is a great hole in the wall speakeasy hidden away in the heart of Boulder. Once you’ve found the big wooden door, you know you’ve made it.
With live music, cool cocktails, and a relaxed atmosphere, you and your friends are sure to enjoy a night at No Name. And if you’re craving a slice of pizza to go along with your drink, you’re in luck! No Name is connected to another local favorite, Cosmo’s Pizza.
Shadow Canyon Ridge
The views you get to see when hiking the Shadow Canyon trails are unbeatable. Just a 15-minute drive from downtown Boulder you’ll have pine forests, lush vegetation, wildflower-covered open-valley pastures, rocky foothills, and mountain vistas like you’ve never seen before.
If you’re not the outdoorsy type and just want to relax and enjoy the scenery, Shadow Canyon Ridge is a great spot to bask in nature and have a picnic with the people you love most.
The Rayback Collective is an amazing space for whatever you need it to be. From local craft beers in the sports lounge, a fun night with your friends in the game center, a quick bite to eat at the various food trucks, or a cozy spot to get some work done in the coffee shop, Rayback Collective has it all.
Live music nights and Trivia Tuesday’s are always a big hit with the locals. For many, Rayback Collective is a top reason to make a trip to Boulder, and is in your best interest to add it to your list of things to do.
While anything and everything you can do in Boulder, it’s always fun to step outside the norm and see what other secrets the city has in store. It’s easy to get comfortable with your daily routine in a city as cozy as Boulder, but there’s so much to explore. Get the full Boulder experience by checking these top hidden gems off your list.