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Boulder is an outdoor adventure town. From skiing to hiking, residents and tourists alike spend much of their time here engaged in outdoor activities, and driving to parks and into the mountains.

If you want to explore the scenic areas around Boulder as well as spending time in the city itself, a rental car is not just the most convenient way to get around – it’s absolutely essential. There are plenty of car rental companies to choose from in central Boulder and at the airport, as well as the nearby Denver airport. Let Orbitz be your guide to making the right choice.


Boulder and beyond: Three destinations by car

One of the great things about Boulder is its proximity to mountains and so many parks. Here are three spots to discover by car.

Flatirons

Take a hike up the Flatirons. These huge slabs of rock got their name because they look like old-fashioned clothes irons.

The trails up the iconic rocks range from easy routes to those involving intense rock scrambling. Or you can hike up nearby mountains for views over the Flatirons. The 2.5-mile loop trail, which is full of wild flowers in the spring, is the most popular. The drive to the Flatirons is beautiful in itself.

Journey time: Around 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Estes Park

For more mountains, take a trip to Estes Park, home to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Explore the mountains through numerous hiking trails for all levels, or head into the downtown area for restaurants with mountain views. Be sure to stop at the famous Stanley Hotel for coffee or a cocktail. Finally, spend some time simply driving along the gorgeous Trail Ridge Road, which offers a wealth of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 37 miles

Breckenridge

If you’re visiting Boulder in the winter, drive to Breckenridge for some of the world’s best skiing, or simply to visit the town and stay in one of its adorable ski lodges. You can also go snow shoeing, snow tubing, and sledding.

In the summer, enjoy water activities like kayaking, water rafting, or hiking to numerous waterfalls. Don’t miss the Gold Runner Alpine Roller Coaster, or a visit to a historic gold mine.

Journey time: Around two hours

Distance: Approximately 92 miles