Should you visit Flagstaff or Boulder?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Flagstaff and Boulder can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Located in northern Arizona near the San Francisco Peaks mountain range, Flagstaff is a small city surrounded by natural beauty. The city's proximity to a number of popular tourist sights, including Grand Canyon National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, the Arizona Snowbowl, Meteor Crater, and Historic Route 66, make it a common destination for tourists. It lies at an elevation of almost 7,000 feet with nearby areas climbing higher. In large part because of its altitude, the city has a cooler climate than the southern part of Arizona, which is famous for its low lying desert.
Boulder is located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in the state of Colorado. As home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, it's a college town with a liberal vibe and progressive values. In recent years, Boulder's economy has received a boost from the tech industry, which has grown rapidly in the area.
Boulder is also a great city to visit. It's surrounded by a beautiful mountain setting and there are countless outdoor sporting activities that you can enjoy. One unique aspect of Boulder is its role as home to many serious athletes who come here to train in the area's top facilities and programs.
Boulder's climate is similar to most of Colorado. It's a dry city with plenty of sunshine. Winters can vary dramatically from mild to incredibly cold and snowfall averages 44 inches a season. Summers are warm and dry with temperatures climbing above 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the warmest months.
Which city is cheaper, Boulder or Flagstaff?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Flagstaff is $60, while the average daily cost in Boulder is $181. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Flagstaff and Boulder in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Flagstaff is $66. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Boulder, $186 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Boulder, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $93, such as in a hostel.
Flagstaff food costs typically run travelers around $20 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
In Boulder travelers spend around $80 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Boulder
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Boulder:
Nice Dinner for Two
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $29 per person, per day in Flagstaff. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Sightseeing expenses in Boulder, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $30 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Flagstaff
Here are a few actual costs in Flagstaff for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstaff:
Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstaff:
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff:
Dark Skies Astrophotography Tour:
Flagstaff Adventure Zipline Course:
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course-Adult Course:
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course-Kids Course:
Flagstaff Segway Tour:
Small-Group Haunted City Tour:
From Flagstaff or Sedona: Hopi Lands Cultural Tour & Lunch:
From Grand Canyon National Park Tour:
From Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Tour:
Tours and Activities in Boulder
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Boulder.
Listen to a Tour Guide While you Drive between Boulder and Vail:
Downtown An audio tour around this weird and beautiful town:
A natural healing experience in a private epsom salt bath.:
Holistic & Medicinal Tour:
Amazing Boulder Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
Wild West-End Hiking Tour:
Half-Day eBike Mural Tour in Boulder:
Electric Cruiser Fat Tire Bike Tour - Best of Boulder:
Best of Boulder E-Bike Tour:
High-Vibes Foodie Tour:
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Boulder:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Flagstaff may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $40 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Flagstaff and Boulder, we can see that Boulder is more expensive. And not only is Flagstaff much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Flagstaff would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Flagstaff and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Boulder would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Boulder than you might in Flagstaff.
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