Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art#10 in Best Things To Do in Boulder
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You don't have to be a hiker, a skier or a rock climber to experience Colorado's scenery. For a more laid-back glimpse at the mountainous landscape, head to the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art. This museum houses one of the largest privately owned collections of post-1950s Western-themed artwork. Along Leanin' Tree's walls you'll find everything from action-packed canvases portraying cowboy life to serene landscapes depicting the purple mountains majesty.
Recent visitors highly recommend taking a turn about the Leanin' Tree's sculpture garden, even if you aren't one for gallery-gazing. When you're not admiring the artwork or outdoor sculptures, reviewers suggest you take a free tour of the adjacent greeting card factory. Travelers also advised bringing some money as you'll be tempted to purchase some cards after taking a spin through the production process.
Sitting less than a mile east of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory in northeast Boulder, the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art opens its doors to visitors from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to both the museum and the sculpture garden is free. Driving is the easiest way to get here. For more information, visit the museum website.
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#1 The Flatirons
These jaw-dropping rock walls flanking Green Mountain have become the symbol of the city, with many Boulder businesses sporting their image as a logo. Flatirons One through Five are the most prominent, but there are also several smaller formations – with more creative names – to explore. Altogether, these picturesque slopes are the most popular rock climbing areas around (you can even see markings left by some of the first climbers, dating back to the 1940s, on Number Three). But for those of you who aren't quite comfortable entrusting your life to a harness, you can still take in the Flatirons from one of the area's hiking trails – recent visitors said there's a trail for every age and skill level. For information about Flatiron trails, visit the City of Boulder website.
Previous visitors say that no trip to Boulder would be complete without spending time admiring the rocks. But if you plan on hiking, travelers recommend coming prepared: The trails can be steep in places, not to mention slippery. And don't forget your camera – reviewers said you'll want to capture the stunning views.
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