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Although 10 minutes of walking separate downtown and the Hill, the milieus seem miles and ages apart: downtown—particularly the Pearl Street pedestrian mall—bustles with families, street performers, upscale boutiques, and eateries, while the Hill pulsates with trendy shops, packed coffeehouses, bars, and restaurants geared more to students. Parking and driving in these sections of Boulder can be frustrating and time-consuming. Leave your car at the hotel and try the Hop, a bus that circulates in both directions through downtown, the Hill, and the university for about the cost of an hour at a parking meter. Buses run in both directions every 6–10 minutes weekdays and 15–20 minutes on weekends.
Banjo Billy's Bus Tours. Banjo Billy's Bus Tours offers a 90-minute tour of downtown Boulder, Chautauqua Park, the Hill, and part of the University of Colorado, aboard a bus that has been built to look like a log cabin. Everyone on the bus gets to vote on the topic of the tour: ghost stories, history, folklore, or crime stories. Your seat may be a saddle or a recliner, or you can opt to sit on the couch. 720/938–8885. www.banjobilly.com.
Historic Boulder. Historic Boulder provides free brochures for seven self-guided walking tours, including the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Hill, Chautauqua Park, the Mapleton Historic District, and the Downtown Boulder Historic District. Call or stop by the office at 1123 Spruce Street, or pick up a general walking tour map of Boulder in the kiosk just east of 13th Street on the Pearl Street Mall. 303/444–5192. www.historicboulder.org.
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