Local Attractions

The McCain Lab’s “Recommended in Boulder”


  • Campus Eats
    • Alferd Packer Grill (appropriately named after a cannibal) is the dining facility in the UMC conveniently where we are hosting ASM. You can use the meal plan for the dorms here or pay as you go.
    • Starbucks is also in the UMC for convenient coffee and quick breakfast and snacks.
    • Center for Community (aka C4C) is the multi-station all-you-can eat food venue on campus, which would use the meal plan or pay as you go. Unfortunately, it looks like it might be closed for renovations during ASM (but we will see).
  • The Hill (5 min walk from UMC)—lots of coffee shops and quick-cheap restaurants
    • Illegal Pete’s—good, fast tacos, burritos, nachos
    • The Sink—Iconic Boulder locale “is known for its less-than-healthy but delicious burgers and its grungy but fun atmosphere” where Robert Redford once bussed tables.
    • Roxie’s Tacos—good, small, fusion Mexican-Indian taco shop!
    • Thai Avenue—excellent Thai order-at-the-counter food (McCain favorite; but may be closed at the beginning of the summer)
    • Half Fast Subs—eclectic, yummy and filling sub sandwich shop
    • The Corner—good, relatively fast salads, wraps and sandwiches
    • Café Aion—small, sit-down Spanish-Moroccan-inspired and a bit more upscale, but yummy and healthy
    • Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café—good local café featuring local Conscious Coffees and pot loads of poems of poetry
    • Kim’s Food To Go—Pho for those that pho on the go
  • Pearl Street (15 min walk from UMC)—outdoor walking mall that is a foodies delight of small-cheap to ridiculously posh-expensive, not to mention shopping, bars, desserts, spas, music….

Recommended Highlights:

  • Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse $$
  • Jax’s Fish House $$$
  • Kitchen Next Door $$
  • Brassiere Ten-Ten $$$
  • The Mediterranean $$
  • Pizzeria Locale $$$

  • Sherpa Restaurant (Yak anyone?) $$
  • Mountain Sun $$
  • Japango $$$
  • Izakaya Amu $$$
  • Oak $$$
  • Lucille’s Creole Café $$

Near the Millennium Hotel:

  • Zolo Grill $$
  • The Flower Child $$
  • Le French Café $$
  • Great Harvest $$
  • Larkburger $
  • Backcountry Pizza $$


  • ChautauquaHiking to the Flatirons, music venue, cabins. Free shuttle (Sat. & Sun)
  • Boulder Farmers Market (Sat. June 6, 8-2pm & Wed. June 10 4-8pm)—13th Street next to Central Park Boulder
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival—CU Campus (shows on June 5, 6, 12, 13).  For over 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars. ASM dates feature “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  • Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour—ghost stories, legend and lore while you sit in a recliner or sofa and listen to the entertaining tour guide share fun facts and silly stories
  • Museums—CU Museum of Natural History; CU Art Museum; CU Fiske Planetarium; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Boulder
  • Celestial SeasoningsFree tours on the hour daily. Get an up-close look at the largest NA tea maker from the production floor to packaging, and a not to miss stop at the famous Mint Room
  • Bands on the Bricks (June 10th)—Pearl Street Mall outdoor concert series
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatrethe most iconic music venue in Morrison, CO  (Lord Huron June 4; Almost Dead June 5; Michael Franti & Spearhead June 6; Stickfigure June 6)
  • Breweries, Distilleries & Dispensaries—there are too many to list, but these links can get you started on our brewery, distillery and dispensary hotspot


There are too many to list here, since this is a VERY outdoorsy town. The Boulder Visitors Bureau website has a pretty comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself planning of trips for hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, yoga, swimming, triathlons, etc.

Some recommended highlights: