How to spend a long weekend in Boulder, CO

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Autumn and early winter are the perfect times to visit Boulder, Colorado because the air is crisp, the beer is flowing, and cuisine is out of this world. In autumn, you can see the gorgeous changing colors of the trees and hike through the local trails. In the winter, you and your family can hit the slopes during the day and hang out in the ski lodge when evening comes around. However you want to enjoy your time in Colorado, it's a great time to pick up some cheap tickets to Colorado. If you're going for a long weekend, here's how you can make the most of your time:

Day 1: Check in and hit the town
Where you stay in Boulder will have a big impact on how you enjoy the town. If it's winter and you're looking to spend most of your time on the slopes, you'll want to book a room close to the action. For a romantic getaway, there a plenty of resorts that offer complete spa packages so you can ease your muscles after a day of skiing. For a family getaway, you and your kids can stay right on the mountain and forget about your busy lives back home.

Once you get checked into your hotel, it's time to hit the town. For dinner, you'll find a little bit of everything. From New York style pizza to Mediterranean grills, you'll find something to satisfy your appetite. Plus, many pubs offer local beers and spirits, so can try some authentic local flavors.

The Flatirons have excellent climbing spots.The Flatirons have excellent climbing spots.

Day 2: Enjoy the great outdoors
Boulder is a city meant for outdoor enthusiasts. No matter what kind of activity you enjoy most, you'll probably find somewhere to do it in Boulder. Skiing, hiking, rock climbing and more await you. According to Mountain Project, there are a number of great places for experienced rock climbers to explore near Boulder, including Eldorado Canyon State Park and the Flatirons. The same goes for hiking. There are many trails near Boulder, ranging from very easy to quite strenuous. If you're in town during the autumn, this is a great time to snap some amazingly colorful pictures.

Of course, during the winter, skiing is the No. 1 pastime in Boulder. People flock from all over the country to enjoy the slopes here. Eldora Mountain Resort is perfect for beginners and those who only have limited time for skiing and snowboarding, reported Roots Rated. For enthusiasts, you can't go wrong with Breckenridge or Arapahoe Basin. Each offers stunning vistas and awesome powder.

Day 3: Local culture and more great food
After a day outside, you'll want to head indoors to check out some of the city's local culture, and indulge in some more great cuisine. If shopping is what you're after, consider heading to the Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian shopping center where gold seekers once stayed during the great rush. Or, you might want to check out Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art, complete with bronze horse statues and beautiful paintings of western landscapes.

And before you leave town, you'll have to check out some more fine dining and local brews. Brewery tours are one great way to spend an hour or two, and you'll be able to go home equipped with some beer facts to impress your friends. When it's time to head back to the airport and go home, you'll seriously consider extending your stay! The call of the great outdoors can be hard to ignore, especially when the sights are as beautiful as they are in Boulder.

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