Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to an outdoor tour of Boulder from Boulder Walking Tours (up to a $30 value). Children under 5 tour for free, and tickets for children ages 5–10 cost $5.
The engaging guides at Boulder Walking Tours seize the attention of curious kids and knowledge-thirsty adults alike with insights about Boulder, delving into its notable landmarks, history, and culture. The leisurely, 90-minute stroll-a-thon travels through Boulder's central pioneer neighborhoods, allowing walkers to gaze longingly at such storied buildings as the Boulderado Hotel and the Greek-style Carnegie Library. Tour groups will revisit some of the city's most notable moments—including the creation of the Pearl Street Mall and the winning bid for the University of Colorado's flagship campus—snap photos of the famous house used in Mork and Mindy, and learn about NPR's Boulder-based radio program, eTown. A visit to a drinking fountain sourced from a glacier flings imaginations back to Boulder’s Ice Age days, when early settlers first discovered that stabbing a glacier with a drinking fountain would produce water. Sundays bring free parking to several of Boulder's downtown parking garages, allowing multicar groups and old-timey wagon trains to stop without a toll.
Boulder Walking Tours
As recently as April 2014, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicated Boulder, Colorado as the skinniest city in the United States. Since the pedestrian-friendly city rests in the cradle of the Rocky Mountain foothills, with plenty of nearby opportunities to hike, the ranking is perhaps no surprise to Boulder's 100,000 residents. It certainly comes as no surprise to guides at Boulder Walking Tours, who make their living showing off the city's footpaths through its downtown historic districts.
On one of their signature tours, guides take up to eight guests to explore Boulder's still-operational Chautauqua campus, where an adult-educational movement has thrived since the late 19th century. The morning-long tour benefits from stunning views of the Flatirons, deftly told anecdotes of local Chautauquans, and historical photographs that show off how far picture-taking technology has come.