Before legalization in Colorado as we know it, there was Boulder— a mountainside utopia where droves of hippies found refuge in the late 1960s. Also home to the University of Colorado, students have sparked spliffs for decades, too, with its campus playing host to the largest 4/20 smoke-out and rally in the country every April. While the spirit of free-love and free-thinking refreshingly remains, the city has since morphed into a mecca for the outdoorsy set to explore a backyard playground of more than 45,000 protected acres of open space.
Thriving technology, art, culture and culinary scenes have emerged in more recent years and after a longtime illegal love affair, Boulder is an original epicenter of the ever-growing cannabis industry. Whether you’re taking a day trip from Denver, making a pit stop en route to a ski town or planning a dedicated vacation to the notoriously blissful “Boulder Bubble,” here’s a how-to for the high-minded traveler:
From Denver International Airport, the drive time is 45 minutes. If you don’t rent your own wheels, shuttle services like Green Ride or Super Shuttle are readily available. Boulder Municipal Airport is accessible to select private aviation carriers.