Welcome to InterNACHI’s Annual Convention being held in beautiful Colorado! At 5,328 feet, Boulder is more than a mile above sea level. That means that if you’re from out of state, you should be aware that the altitude can affect you. You may feel sleepier than normal, and any physical activity may seem slightly more taxing than usual. Remember to apply extra sunscreen, even if it’s a cloudy day, which is rare around here. It’s a good idea to dress in layers because the weather can turn on a dime, especially between the city and the mountains. Be sure to stay hydrated in our arid region by keeping a bottle of water handy. And enjoy the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains!
Head to the Mountains!
Colorado Adventure Company
Push out of your comfort zone by visiting the Colorado Adventure Center for whitewater rafting, ziplining, and more!
Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre
Check out a show while you’re in town at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater, or simply enjoy the unique, breathtaking view! The park is open to the public until 2 p.m. every day.
Explore Historic Golden, Colorado
Explore Historic Golden, Colorado, just a 40-minute drive from Boulder. Enjoy spectacular dining and scenery, or take a tour of the world-famous Coors Brewery!
Enjoy the Great Outdoors!
Change into your swimsuit, pick up a float or inner tube, and take a wet and wild ride down Boulder Creek. Join the locals at one of their favorite places to cool off on a hot summer day!
There’s nothing quite like relaxing on the beach or taking a swim on a hot Colorado day. Spanning over 700 acres, the Boulder Reservoir has plenty of activities for you to enjoy, from swimming, kayaking and boating, to just soaking up rays and picnicking. The Boulder Reservoir is a great way to escape the summer heat!
Visit Boulder’s own world-famous Chautauqua Park. Purchased by the residents of Boulder back in 1898, this 80-acre park has become an historic landmark, where families can come and enjoy nature. Visit for a picnic, take an easy walk along its beautiful trails, view its lush gardens, and stop by the play areas for some fun.
Take a short scenic drive up to the quaint mountain town of Estes Park. Here, you can enjoy local artisan crafts, treats and restaurants, and even visit one of America’s most famous landmarks – the Stanley Hotel. Make this one of your stops on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park.
One of Boulder’s most iconic landmarks located at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills, the Flatirons offer dozens of trails for all levels of hikers, and breathtaking views of the city below.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Enjoy one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. With over 415 square miles of mountain environments, there are endless subalpine and alpine worlds for you to discover. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque scenery.
Take a Hike!
Home to some of the nation’s most stunning scenes of nature, Colorado is in no shortage of hiking trails for all levels of experience. While you are here, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and explore the hidden beauty all around you! Be sure to check the weather and trail conditions before heading out.
Go for a Stroll!
Boulder County Farmers Market
Open every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, the Boulder County Farmers Market is an attraction for both locals and those visiting the area. Check out the fresh produce from local farmers, crafts, food and more, and relax in Boulder’s Central Park. It’s rated as one of the top farmers markets in the country.
Pearl Street Mall
Visit one of Boulder’s most frequented destinations. This historic strip mall is packed with hundreds of businesses running along Pearl Street, from 9th Street all the way down to 21st Street. Most of these businesses are locally owned and operated, giving them a unique Boulder flair. Come to shop, eat, or enjoy the best Pearl Street pastime – people-watching. There are musicians and performers year-round along Pearl Street, and the clamor of feet, music, and chatter make the Pearl Street Mall one local attraction you should not miss!
A mixed-bag of strip malls and big-box stores, The Twenty-Ninth Street retail center is the place to go to satisfy your shopping needs. Once you’re done going through the stores, take a break and watch a movie, or dine at one of its many restaurants. You’re on vacation – treat yourself!
Visit the world’s first Associations of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo. The Butterfly Pavilion provides a unique hands-on learning experience throughout its exhibits, along with educational programs that are sure to excite anyone interested in our small friends. You’ll have the chance to learn about hundreds of invertebrates, their habitats, and conservation steps to protect them and our planet. $8 for adults, $5 for children; USE CODE NACHI
Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens houses a large collection of plant and fungal life that make up the biosphere of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Stop and smell the roses, explore the succulents, and take a gander at the large range of plants – from the alpine all the way down to the aquatic. Stop by their greenhouses and check out the many plants for sale, and bring home a little piece of Colorado!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Located a short drive from Denver and Boulder, this 10,000-acre sanctuary plays host to over 25,000 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and other large carnivorous animals. View wildlife not seen in the American zoo system in a place where they are cared for and given freedom to live without exploitation or abuse.
Beat the Heat!
If you’re looking to escape from the heat, take a walking tour through Colorado’s very own Celestial Seasonings tea factory. You’ll get to peek behind the scenes and learn about how tea is manufactured, and you’ll get to sample their delicious and refreshing teas. Stop by their café after your tour and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch.
Enigma Escape Room
Are you ready for a challenge? You and a couple of your closest friends – or complete strangers! – will be locked together in a room with only one hour to escape. With just your wits, can you find all the clues and solve every riddle before the clock runs out? Check out the Enigma Escape Room for a fun and unique way to enjoy your vacation. 10% off; USE CODE INSPECTENIGMA
Gateway Park Fun Center
Looking for something fun just for the kids? Head over to the Gateway Park Fun Center for some family-friendly activities. Featuring go-karts, miniature golf, driving ranges, mazes, and more, there are plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Denver Art Museum
A cultural gem of the West, the DAM is located in the heart of Denver’s Civic Center, and hosts over 70,000 works of contemporary and ancient art. This world-class museum regularly features special and touring exhibits. And it has a restaurant located in its lower level, where you can relax and enjoy a first-class meal.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Home to diverse collections of natural historical and anthropological artifacts, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science provides education and entertainment for all ages.
With over 500 different aquatic species, including a new Shark Cage Experience, the Downtown Aquarium in Denver is the largest aquarium between Chicago and California. With many intriguing exhibits and a full-service restaurant, the Downtown Aquarium will keep you and the kids entertained for hours!
Home to the Colorado Rockies, Coors Field in Downtown Denver provides a special ballpark experience against the unparalleled backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The Rockies will be hosting games against the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres over the dates of the Convention.
Take a break from the heat at Water World, home to over 50 attractions for the entire family!
Convention workshops and other events are subject to change at any time. InterNACHI® is not responsible for the content of the workshops presented, and any information provided should not be construed as legal or any other advice.