It’s no wonder so many students want a degree from Boulder—even studying is more fun with the Rockies as your backdrop. Fall brings colorful leaves, fresh mountain air and lots of fun outdoor activities. There are tons of places to hike near the university, with easy to quite challenging routes. The City of Boulder is a great resource for hiking suggestions and trail maps. Boulder
is incredibly bike-friendly, with lots of allocated bike lanes and an extensive trail system. If you want to bum around town on two wheels, check out B-cycle, the city’s bike-share program. For road and mountain bike rentals, check out Full Cycle Bikes.
If you can, try to peel yourself away from the great outdoors for a little bit to enjoy the Fiske Planetarium. Funded by Boulder alum Wallace Franz Fiske in 1975, this state-of-the art space hosts star talks, laser light shows and live events. In 2013, the planetarium upgraded to an 8K SkyScan projection system, creating a theater similar to an IMAX experience, except that you’re fully surrounded. Who knew indoor stargazing could be so fun?