Whether you’re a Boulder resident or are simply planning a visit, there’s no question that our incredible city offers an abundance of experiences. If you’re ready to make the most of 2024, there are a few must-have adventures that I highly recommend. Each month from now until the end of the year, you can fill your calendar with the following Boulder bucket list ideas:
January: Winter Hikes
Boulder is one of the most active cities in the nation, and it’s no wonder why–the views here are unbeatable! To start the year off strong, begin with some winter hikes along our city’s most beloved trails. The best trails for winter scenery include Canyon Loop at Betasso Preserve, Red Rocks Trail at the Peoples’ Crossing, and Marshall Mesa.
February: Valentine’s Day Retreat
If you’re interested in celebrating Valentine’s Day, Boulder doesn’t disappoint. There are several excellent options to be had, including a stay or treatment at the iconic St Julien Hotel and Spa. The St Julien Romance Package is sure to delight your Valentine, and includes a bottle of curated champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries prepared in-house. If you’re on the search for fun and engaging activities, book two spots for Valentine’s in Paris at Food Lab on February 9th. During this culinary class, you and your partner will create three delicious courses.
March: Art Tour
The Boulder art scene is alive and well, and our city is home to more than one prestigious gallery. If you’re looking for ways to fill your spring days, schedule a tour of our most in-demand art museums. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is a community staple, and truly is a must-visit. 15th Street Gallery is another fantastic venue that displays the works of museum-track contemporary artists and carefully selected emerging artists. For an international experience, check out Ana’s Art Gallery. Located on Spruce Street, this gallery exhibits unique works from the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond. Here, you’ll find pieces including oil on canvas, African masks, sculptures, carvings, and more.
April: Spa Day
As we head into the second quarter of 2024, you’ll more than likely need some time for rejuvenation. If you’re looking forward to world-class treatments, we have two spas here in Boulder that are the cream of the crop. If you desire an all-inclusive experience, book a stay at St Julien and enjoy the impressive selection of services. For those who don’t require lodging, the Dragontree is a great choice. This day spa is celebrating 10 years in Boulder, and is a highly acclaimed spot for facials, Swedish massage, and other wellness-promoting treatments.
May: VIP Experience at Red Rocks
The Red Rocks Amphitheater provides an experience that all Coloradans should have at least once. Located just south of Denver, this awe-inspiring venue is less than an hour’s drive from Boulder. May is a beautiful time of year to attend a show here, and I highly recommend the VIP tickets for up-close-and-awesome views, not to mention premium sound. To peruse upcoming performances, head over here.
June: Guided Helicopter Tour
Boulder is a lovely city, but it’s truly a sight to behold from a birds-eye view. If you’d like to explore our city from the air, Boulder Transport provides exceptional guided helicopter tours. This luxury experience begins with pickup and transport to the Rocky Mountain Regional AIrport. From there, you and your crew will ascend to incredible heights as you take in the views of the 14,000-foot peaks. During your guided tour, you’ll also discover Boulder’s unique geography and see landmarks such as Folsom Field from up high.
July: Rooftop Independence Day Celebration
If you’d like to celebrate Independence Day with a drink, I can guarantee that it’ll be more fun on a rooftop. Our city has several excellent rooftop bars, but Corrida is consistently ranked as the best rooftop in town. Plus, the Spanish-inspired menu is incredible. Rosetta Hall is another great option, and should definitely be on your list if you’re dining with a group. With eight restaurants, two bars, and a café, this spot is a great gathering place.
August: Hot Air Balloon Ride
Not feeling up to hiking in the heat? If you want to make the most of our city’s beautiful views without the physical exertion, reserve your spot for a hot air balloon ride. There are several reputable hot air balloon tours to choose from, including Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights, Life Cycle Balloon Adventures, and Aero-Cruise Balloon Adventures. Be prepared for an early start, but nothing compares to watching the sunrise from the sky!
September: Boulder Culinary Tour
Our city is home to a plethora of impressive restaurants, and you could spend days exploring the best spots in town. If you’re on a quest to discover Boulder’s top dining experiences, you’ll want to start with Frasca Food and Wine. This award-winning Italian restaurant is celebrating 20 years in Boulder, and recently earned a well-deserved Michelin star. Among the other top contenders are Corrida, OAK at Fourteenth, and The Kitchen American Bistro.
October: Boulder Burgundy Festival
If you’re a wine connoisseur, don’t miss out on the annual Boulder Burgundy Festival. This fantastic multi-day event features an excellent variety of wine-centric festivities, ranging from educational seminars to tastings and beyond. The event typically runs for a couple of days, and participants will have the opportunity to sample dozens of wines from different regions. Stay tuned for the official schedule!
November: Boulder Holiday Shopping Experience
Although we just wrapped up the holiday season, it’ll be here again before we know it. As soon as the fall weather hits, it’s a wonderful time to immerse yourself in the holiday shopping experience in Boulder. Pearl Street comes alive with the holiday spirit during this magical time of year, and you’re sure to find meaningful gifts for everyone on your list. As you browse the shops on Pearl Street, be sure to stop by Peppercorn for homewares, Art + Soul for handmade jewelry, and Jones + Co. for curated fashion.
December: Holiday Events
Winter is a beautiful time of year in our state. Fortunately, December offers an abundance of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the season. For some classic fun, don’t miss out on the chance to go sledding and sip on hot chocolate as soon as we get some snow. There are several ideal spots for sledding in Boulder, such as Scott Carpenter Park and Foothills Community Park in North Boulder. When you’re ready for some holiday festivities, check out Pearl Street’s augmented reality experience, Snow Much Fun. If you have little ones, St. Nick on the Bricks is a Boulder tradition (and a fun photo op). CU Presents also hosts an impressive holiday concert each year, which brings together student choirs, bands, and orchestras alongside world-class faculty performers.
If you’re committed to making 2024 a year to remember, there’s no shortage of ways to make each day meaningful. Regardless of how you choose to pass the time this year, there’s no question that spending your days in Boulder is a great start.