Best 48 Hours: Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Colorado

Boulder, Colorado, has won just about every "best of" designation imaginable, from health and wellness, to food, to education and arts. Located just 25 miles west of Denver at 5,430 feet in the foothills of the Rockies, you'll be on high as soon as you hit the tarmac. Get inside the "Boulder Bubble" with this itinerary. It lays out a jam-packed weekend that combines the city's sporty culture with its gourmet locavore foodie scene.

Start at the St. Julien, a luxury hotel in the heart of downtown where locals gather for live salsa music on the back terrace on Friday nights. Dance under the stars in the shadow of Boulder's landmark Flatiron Mountains and sip artisan cocktails outside on the patio or inside at the sexy T-Zero Lounge. The St. Julien is also one of the top places to stay in Boulder, thanks to its prime location, upscale yet unpretentious ambiance and notable day spa, so stumbling home means an elevator up.

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