Pearl Street Mall

#3 in Best Things To Do in Boulder
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Key Info

1942 Broadway Street

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary by store

Details

Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Stretching from Eighth to 20th streets in downtown Boulder, this buzzing thoroughfare is a shopaholic's Yellow Brick Road. Here, you'll find familiar brand names like Urban Outfitters and Patagonia sharing sidewalk space with local boutiques, trendy galleries and laid-back cafes. If you're not much of a shopper, come to Pearl Street for the fabulous dining, entertaining street performances and the prime people-watching.

Recent visitors said the shopping options were a bit underwhelming, but they praised the food selection and bustling atmosphere and said a stroll through this district is a must-do for any first-time Boulder visitors. However, travelers were also quick to point out that this is area is heavily populated with panhandlers. 

The Pearl Street Mall welcomes shoppers and walkers every day of the year; individual businesses operate their own hours. You don't have to pay to peruse, but you might want to consider keeping your cash (or credit card) on hand in case something strikes your fancy. If you drive here, you'll find metered spots on the street, as well as parking garages on neighboring streets. In addition to B-cycle stations, there are also several buses that make stops within walking distance of the mall. For more information, visit the official 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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