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Even if you're not a prospective student, recent visitors recommend you pay a visit to the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus, located just minutes from downtown Boulder. When you're not lounging at Norlin Quadrangle (a designated a National Historic District), learn about the university's history at the CU Heritage Center (housed in Old Main – the first building on campus). Or brush up on your astronomy skills at the Fiske Planetarium.

If you're visiting in the fall, head over to Folsom Field to watch the Buffaloes take on Pac-12 football rivals (just make sure to pick up some Buffs gear at the University Memorial Center before kickoff). And if you're in Boulder during the summer recess, check out the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which runs from June to August and draws crowds of more than 20,000 spectators.

You don't have to pay to explore the campus, but you will have to purchase tickets if you want to attend any university events (the planetarium and heritage center are both free to enter). The STAMPEDE bus route travels around the University of Colorado campus, making stops at major points of interest like Folsom Field and the University Memorial Center. For more information on things to do on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, visit the school's 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 ... Read more » Ed Freeman / Getty Images

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