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Mural Marathoning in Northern Colorado and Beyond

Mural Marathoning in Northern Colorado and Beyond
4 days

While it's true Colorado has an abundance of natural beauty, its urban landscapes are sprayed colorful with seemingly endless murals. Discover northern Colorado’s best works and get to know the stories and people that inspired these designs. You'll start your road trip in Lafayette, then meander across the region.

Sustainability Activity

Street Wise Arts:

Street Wise Arts is a nonprofit located in Boulder that works to implement community art and mural projects. Through these initiatives, the organization seeks to empower youth, amplify cultural diversity and engage in social advocacy to increase dialogue within the community. You can support the organization by making a donation, or by sharing any of their murals to social media to keep the conversation going.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1
Activity

Colorful Community

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Muralists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios are responsible for this remarkable piece, which celebrates and honors the diversity of community. The synergistic duo, who were only supposed to... Read More

Insider's Tip

Insider's Tip

Wait!

Before you go too far, see if you can spot another mural that resembles a shiny old photograph. If you’ve spotted it, then you’re looking at the town’s founder Mary Miller and her husband, Lafayette, the town’s namesake. This tile mosaic was installed by Barbara Jo Revelle back in 1997.

Lunch

Post Brewing Co.

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Post Brewing Company brews are delicious and purposefully designed to pair with our comfort food inspired menus. Featuring the best, buttermilk brined, all-natural fried chicken in town, The... Read More

Insider's Tip

Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

Head west from Lafayette to Boulder.

Activity

Say Her Name, Cuban Culture and MMIW2S Murals

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Behind the Boulder Theatre lies an alley full of murals dedicated to pushing the conversation forward on social justice and cultural diversity. The three standout designs are: "Say Her Name," by... Read More

Dinner

Frasca Food & Wine

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Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the... Read More

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Penfield Tate II by Detour 303

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Most of Detour 303's pieces can't be met at face value - every figure he illustrates are real-life characters with stories waiting to be told. In this piece we have Penfield Tate II, Boulder's... Read More

Lodging

Hilton Garden Inn Boulder

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Be near it all when you stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Boulder. Located across the street from the 29th Street Mall shops and restaurants, our hotel is also just a mile from the University of... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Boxcar Coffee Roasters (Boulder)

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Boxcar Coffee Roasters was established in 2010 in Boulder, Colorado by Vajra & Cara Rich. Together with roaster Janos Porps and a highly skilled team of baristas and roastery staff they aim to... Read More

Activity

Untitled by Afro Triangle

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Growing up, Adri Norris (Afro Triangle) didn't do well in history class. She couldn't find the relevance between her life and that of a historical figure or event. A recent hunger for knowledge... Read More

Lunch

Santo

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Santo is inspired by Chef Hosea Rosenberg's home Taos, New Mexico, and its Northern New Mexican cuisine.

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Insider's Tip

Tea Party

We’re spilling the tea on one of Boulder’s best-kept secrets: the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. A celebrated landmark and colorful destination, this stunning Pearl Street tea house was shipped — yes, you read that right — from Tajikistan. Every element in the house was carved by hand and painted by a team of more than 40 artisans. This is a sight you don’t want to miss! After soaking it all in, make the drive to Longmont.

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Spirit of the Plains by Bryce Widom

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Located in the heart of downtown Longmont, this mural was produced by self-taught painter Bryce Widom. Specializing in oil and pastel mediums, this design was actually his first introduction to... Read More

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Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

Now, drive from Longmont to Fort Collins for dinner.

Dinner

Rare Italian

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Delight in fresh, local and seasonal ingredients at this Fort Collins restaurant with delicious steaks and an extensive in-house wine list. Read More
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Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

Now, drive to Loveland.

Activity

Art Tools Mural by J.C. Milner

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When J.C. Milner was creating the concept for this project, he knew he wanted to showcase something that artists had in common with everyone: tools. The design took about a week's time to... Read More

Lodging

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Loveland Fort Collins

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Ideally located among Loveland CO hotels, the brand new TownePlace Suites by Marriott Loveland is in the heart of downtown Loveland close to the Outlets at Loveland and The Promenade Shops at... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Taste Local

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Enjoy sweets or a savory meal made with fresh, local ingredients from Taste Local's from-scratch-focused kitchen. Read More
Insider's Tip

Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

Head from Loveland to Fort Collins.

Activity

Colores de la Comunidad by Armando Silva

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Wanting to tell the story and challenges many indigenous communities face, a local nonprofit enlisted the help of Armando Silva to bring a 40-foot wall to life. If you look closely, every inch... Read More

Lunch

The Exchange

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Located in Old Town Fort Collins, The Exchange is more than just a creative, family restaurant; it's a community hub that offers events and live music.

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Activity

Horizon Line by KoCo Collab

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Another dynamic duo that you'll find throughout Colorado is KoCo Collab, made up of artists Aiko Szymczak and Corinne Trujillo. Their mission is to portray the female essence through the use of... Read More

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Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

It's time to motor on over to Greeley for dinner!

Dinner

Meeker's, A Colorado Kitchen & Bar

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Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Meeker's is a favorite locals spot for good eats, artisanal cocktails and ice-cold beer. Read More
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Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

Now, pop in your car for a quick trip to Wellington. 

Activity

Reclaimed by Nature by Joe Hamman

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While he was home from college for the summer, artist Joe Hamman brought life into what used to be just a deserted lot. This refreshing design is an acrylic-latex painting that depicts an old... Read More

Insider's Tip

Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

Head back to Fort Collins for the night.

Lodging

The Elizabeth Hotel

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The Elizabeth Hotel is where Fort Collins comes together. Situated in the center of Old Town, the cornerstone of Firehouse Alley, our Fort Collins hotel is the beat of the city's heart.... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Little Bird Bakeshop

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We see each day as an opportunity to share our passion for good food and drink with our community. Upon stepping through our doors you will be greeted by the sounds and smells of freshly baked... Read More

Insider's Tip

Insider's Tip

Hit the Road

After breakfast, noodle on over to Greeley.

Activity

A Visual Resonance by Frank Garza

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Artist Frank Garza's murals are known for their strong use of symbolism and distinct style of realism. In this piece, he fused vintage photographs with comic-book perspectives and created a... Read More

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Luna's Tacos & Tequila

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Quality and freshness are the pillars of what makes Luna's Greeley's favorite place for tacos & tequila. Read More
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World and Whale by Betony Coons

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When you look at this mural, you're looking at Greeley's 16th Street neighborhood through artist Betony Coons' eyes. Her art is heavily influenced by her upbringing in the Midwest, which she... Read More

Dinner

Meeker's, A Colorado Kitchen & Bar

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Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Meeker's is a favorite locals spot for good eats, artisanal cocktails and ice-cold beer. Read More
Activity

Courage

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This collab between mural artists Armando Silva and Wes Sam-Bruce was the first time the two worked together. At the time the pair started to concept the design, Wes had been exploring courage... Read More

Lodging

Doubletree By Hilton Greeley At Lincoln Park

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Our DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park hotel is located next to the Union Colony Civic Center. With amenities designed for the savvy business traveler, we are the premier location for... Read More