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A quick guide to Boulder and Chico.

Should our article on irresistible college towns (page 86) whet your appetite for Boulder or Chico, the following can make a visit complete.


Where. Boulder lies about 30 miles northwest of Denver via Interstate 25 and State 36. The University of Colorado is bordered roughly by 28th Street, Arapahoe Avenue, Broadway, and Baseline Road, with most points of interest on the west (Broadway) side. Downtown Boulder--including the Pearl Street Mall--lies a few blocks north of campus, a nice walk.

Town tactics. Downtown possibilities include the historic Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th Street, (303) 442-4344; or, for bed-and-breakfast lovers, The Boulder Victoria, 1305 Pine Street, 938-1300. For other lodgings, call the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 2440 Pearl Street, 442-1044.

As for restaurants, besides those listed on page 89, try two brew pubs: Boulder Brewing Company Tasting Room, 2880 Wilderness Place, 444-8448; and Oasis Brewery, 1095 Canyon Boulevard, 449-0363.

Campus tactics. Campus tours leave weekdays at 10:30 and 2:30 from the Regent Administrative Center, Regent Drive, 492-6301. Or tour the campus yourself, with a map and events calendar picked up at the center between 9 and 4 weekdays. Highlights include natural history exhibits at The University of Colorado Museum, 15th and Broadway. It's open 9 to 5 weekdays, 9 to 4 Saturdays, 10 to 4 Sundays; call 492-6892. The CU Heritage Center, on the third floor of Old Main Building, is a treasure trove of university memorabilia. It's open 10 to 4 Tuesdays through Fridays; call 492-6329 for details.

Hill tactics. West across Broadway from campus lies another student neighborhood, The Hill. At 1111 Broadway, you'll find the Colorado Bookstore; at 1111 3th Street, the excellent Josh and John's Naturally Homemade Ice Cream. Nearby, at 1206 Euclid Avenue, the Boulder Museum of History occupies a lovely Victorian house filled with displays on town history. It's open noon to 4 Tuesdays through Saturdays; admission is $1. Call 449-3464.

Hiking, biking information. Most town bicycle shops rent bikes; the chamber sells bike maps for $2. For trail maps of Boulder Mountain Park and other preserves, stop by the city parks and recreation office, 3198 Broadway, 441-3400; or Boulder Open Space and Real Estate, 1101 Arapahoe, 441-3440.


Where. Chico lies about 85 miles north of Sacramento on State Highway 99. Take the W. Eighth Street exit and go southwest about a mile to Main Street; you'll be downtown, which centers on Main and Broadway between E. First and E. Fifth streets. You're also just a few blocks southeast of the Chico State campus.

Tactics. Like Boulder, Chico is worth at least one night's stay. You can get maps and Chico State information at the campus information office, W. Second and Chestnut streets. Hours are 8 A.M. to 7 pm. weekdays; call (916) 898-4636. For lodging and information about town, stop by the Chico Chamber of Commerce, at E. Fifth and Main streets, open 9 to 5 weekdays; call 891-5556.

Restaurants include Caffe Siena (coffee, pastries), downtown at 128 Broadway, 345-7745. Farther afield is The Hatch Cover (steaks and seafood), 1720 Esplanade, 345-5862.

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. This beautiful 26-room Italianate mansion, just east of campus, was home to 19th-century nabobs John and Annie Bidwell. Guided 45-minute tours run between 10 and 4. Admission is $2; call 895-6144.

Bidwell Park. Start into 2,400-acre Bidwell from the Chico Creek Nature Center, at 1968 E. Eighth Street. Besides offering exhibits and guided walks, the center serves as a clearinghouse for park information. It's open 11 to 4 daily except Mondays; call 891-4671.

Bicycling. Although bikes aren't permitted in the campus core, Chico is a good place to cycle. Many downtown bike shops offer rentals.
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Title Annotation:Boulder, Colorado; Chico, California
Author:Fish, Peter
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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