Often referred to as one of America’s favorite foodie towns, Boulder, Colorado features a variety of restaurants, breweries, clubs, and easygoing communities. At Boulder, enjoy the iconic beauty of the towering Flatiron Mountains, the crystal clear waters of the Boulder Creek, and over 30,000 acres of undeveloped land. Schedule a trip during one of the city’s annual festivals, including the Dance Festival at the end of July, and the Ironman Competition in August. Moreover, there are an abundance of pleasant neighborhoods and towns that provide an excellent backdrop for accommodations. Browse through plenty of unforgettable vacation rentals in Boulder, and book your stay today. With that said, here are the most noteworthy attractions in and around Boulder.

1. Downtown Boulder

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Downtown Boulder is typically the first place vacationers search for a rental. Downtown Boulder is ideal for families, thanks to its many attractions. Hike through Eldorado Canyon State Park or Chautauqua Park. Visit the Pearl Street Mall to locate some excellent deals, then stop by the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory, and take a few blends back to your rental.

2. Sunshine Canyon

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Sunshine Canyon is a hiking area that begins in Boulder and extends up to Gold Hill. Vacation rentals provide majestic views of Boulder. Take time out to travel to Boulder Falls, which is a short and easy hike off of Highway 119. The Canyon is also close to the East Boulder Community Park, where you can go fishing in the pond, play soccer, or let the kids play on the playground.

3. Buckingham Picnic Area, Northeast Boulder

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Nestled between the intersection at Left Hand Canyon Drive and Old Stage Road, the Buckingham Picnic Area has short trails that are ideal for young children and families to navigate. Grab a picnic table and have lunch, or travel to the Eben G Fine Park, where your kids can enjoy the playground. Bring your bikes and cycles, and ride along the paved paths.

4. Bald Mountain

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Bald Mountain sits at an elevation of 9,600 feet, which is perfect if you enjoy stunning views from higher up. Vacation rentals in the area offer excellent views of Breckenridge and the surrounding area. Head up Baldy Road to check out some of the scenic trails on Boreas Pass, or bring your equipment and go climbing. Bring your family dog along, and spend some time at the local dog park.

5. Longmont

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The city of Longmont is located northeast of Boulder. This family friendly location provides plenty of exhibits and activities, including the Longmont Museum and Cultural Centers and the Longmont Farmer’s Market. Rent a boat and sail out on Golden Pond, or venture to St. Vrain State Park for fishing. If you enjoy animals, spend time at the Sunflower Farm, where you can pet goats, cows, and other farm animals.

6. Boulder Reservoir

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The Boulder Reservoir is one of the largest water recreation areas in the region. This multi-use water storage facility is ideal for swimming, boating, picnics, and fishing. Spend time on the beach with your family digging in the sand and enjoying the sun. The reservoir lies close to the bottom of the Flatiron Mountains, which provides beautiful views of the water below.

7. Gunbarrel

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Gunbarrel is a quiet census area in Boulder County and home to Twin Lakes. Waterfront vacation rentals on Twin Lakes make it easy to go kayaking. Watch the sun come up from your own private deck each morning, then enjoy the year-round hiking, shopping, and exploring available in the area.

8. Dream Canyon

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Located just 25 minutes west of Boulder, Dream Canyon is often referred to as one of Colorado’s hidden gems. This secluded climbing area is ideal for families who want to get away from it all. Travel down the North Bounder Creek in a canoe or kayak, or stop at the creek and fish from the bank. If you enjoy rock climbing, try the Lost Angel Wall, which is located between the Plank Bridge and the Terrace.

9. Nederland

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One of the more popular mountain towns near Boulder, Nederland offers numerous vacation rentals. Once you get settled in, travel downtown to the Carousel of Happiness, and enjoy the preserved wooden amusement park ride. Schedule a tour through the Nederland Mining Museum to learn about the history of mining in Colorado, then head to Alpaca Store and More for gifts to take home to friends and family.

10. Louisville

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In Louisville, families enjoy hot air balloon rides, biking trails at the Davidson Mesa, and the Louisville Historical Museum, which provides information about the history of the town. Stop at the Louisville Farmer’s Market, and take some fresh fruits and vegetables back to your vacation rental. Grab some snacks for the family at Cinebarre.

11. Bighorn Canyon

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Bring your bikes along to the Big Horn Canyon, and spend the day cycling along the dirt trails with your family. Rent a boat, float along the waters of Bighorn Lake, and gaze up at the towering canyon walls that stretch up to 1,000 feet in height. Home to a world-class trout fishery, Bighorn Canyon is an ideal vacation rental spot for anglers. Visit the historic ranches close by, rent a horse, and go horseback riding with your family.

12. Valmont Reservoir

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If you want to stay close to the water, the Valmont Reservoir is a popular multi-use recreation area. Spread out a blanket on the grass, and watch the Tundra swans as they migrate south. Go swimming and hiking, or sign up for a 5K or 10K annual run if you’re visiting in June. The Valmont Reservoir is close to the Valmont Bike Park, where you can have fun exploring the paths with your kids.