Bask in Boulder's funkier side

Get a load of the town's oddball charm by playing tourist for the day

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Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites

Jennifer Harrington

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Looking for some touristy fun? Kicking back in a lounger on Banjo Billy's converted school bus for a guided tour of the town is just a start to what the funkier side of Boulder offers.


Boulder is about 30 miles northwest of Denver via U.S. 36.


Anemone Hill Even when Mt. Sanitas is completely packed with people, its little-known neighbor, Anemone Hill, is nearly always empty. A 2-mile round-trip trail takes you through Settler's Park, then on up Anemone Hill (look for the spur behind the red rocks at Settler's Park). INFO: Trailhead lies at the western terminus of Pearl St. where it intersects with Canyon Blvd.

Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites Sunday night blues and jazz sessions are a very fun way to end the weekend. Musicians gather 'round on the small stage in Skinny Jay's Pizza & Pub. INFO: 7:30-10 Sun; 800 28th St.; 303/443-3322.

Banjo Billy's Bus Tours A pink cowboy hat-wearing guide spins tales of ghosts and murder alongside punchline-equipped historical anecdotes about Boulder's first bank robbery and the city's longstanding love affair with dogs. Sit in a lounger or atop a saddle. INFO: 90-minute tours at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; $16; leaves from Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th St.; 720/938-8885.


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