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Boulder, CO

    • SOTMUS Locations
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    • Airport Options

Airline and airport information

Denver International Airport is an efficient and beautiful way to arrive in Colorado. This airport services both domestic and international flights with several directs to Europe and Asia on a daily basis.

It is a 40 minute car ride to Boulder. The easiest route is to use the E470 tollway. Denver International Airport offers rental cars, taxis, ride share (Uber and Lyft), shuttles, buses and trains into Denver and Boulder. All of the travel information is readily accessible on their website and at the airport. This airport is equipped for large volumes and can handle any type of weather. In other words, it will be a safe and fast port of entry into the US or into Colorado.

Southwest Airlines is always a good choice and has many flights into Denver. Right now, they have flights under $75 (one way).

United Airlines is another good choice and Denver International Airport is a large hub for United.

Frontier Airlines is a local discount airline based in Denver, their fares are cheap. Similarly, Spirit airlines has some good options into Denver.

There are several other airlines as well from many destinations!


Several shuttle services provide transportation from Denver International Airport, located approximately 45 minutes from Boulder. SotM-US has negotiated a rate with Green Ride for $30.00 each way per person. Use this link to make a reservation and receive the discount. Green Ride will provide door-to-door service to the local hotels or campus.

If colleagues are traveling together, shuttles / hotel shuttles are probably a great option.

For individual travelers, the RTD bus AB-Route (Airport-Boulder) is $9 directly from the Airport to Boulder. This trip includes multiple stops including campus & downtown & takes takes about 50 minutes.

In addition to shuttles, there are plenty of taxis, rental cars and ride share options such as Uber or Lyft. The rental car facility is a few minutes away from the airport via shuttle.

There are also bus and train options. All schedules and fares can be found on Denver RTD. You can also purchase passes through the RTD online store.

Here is information regarding the RTD train lines from the Airport to Denver Union Station, & from the Denver Union Station to Boulder.


There are many great options in Boulder for lodging. Here are the top 10 hotels per TripAdvisor.

Airbnb has quite a few options under $70 a night. There are many traditional Bed and Breakfasts available as well.

There are also hostels available.

Best Western Plus Boulder Inn

Prominently located directly across from CU, the Boulder Inn gives guests easy access to the city’s principal attractions, premier shopping, and fabulous dining. Stylish, well-appointed rooms reflect a gracious ambiance, found throughout the hotel.

Best Western provides a multilingual staff, complimentary breakfast, free wifi, a pool, & hottub.

  • Group code: call 800-233-8469 and reference code "STATE OF THE MAP"

  • Estimated Rate: $149 per night

  • Method of reservation: Guests will make own reservations and guarantee with individual credit cards. Unconfirmed rooms in block will be released 30 days prior to arrival.

  • Complimentary breakfast

  • Free wifi

  • Pool & hot tub

Yelp reviews

Book here.

The St. Julien Hotel and Spa

A 25 minute walk away from the conference, St Julien is a locally recommended higher-end hotel.

  • Estimated Rate: $325

  • Complimentary breakfast

  • Free wifi

  • Terrace with occasional live local music

  • Pool & hot tub

Yelp Reviews

Book here.

The Harvest House Millennium

The most conveniently located of the hotels nearby, Millennium House is just down the block. There are very mixed reviews on Yelp for this hotel, but it's also the cheapest.

  • Estimated Rate: $129

Yelp reviews

Book here.

Visiting the U.S. in 2017

Visa Information

A foreign visitor entering the U.S. is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, or are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada.

Here is a list of countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program. In other words, if you are a citizen of the U.S., Canada, or one of the following countries, you do not require a Visa:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom**

**To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Based on information from the U.S. State Department, if you require a Visa to visit the U.S., please make sure you've submitted the application by August 20th, 2017. This is 60 days before the start of the conference.

The U.S. State Department's goal is visa delivery no more than 30 days from the time of application in most cases, although cases that require administrative processing could take longer. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of application. Here is a link to our visa Law and Policy.

Here is the URL for electronic Visa application.

Your Rights

If you plan on attending SOTMUS and are not a resident of the U.S., please make sure you know your rights. As far as we understand, anyone is subject to potential screening and questioning upon entry into the U.S., no matter what country you are traveling from or where your citizenship is from.

This page tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated.

REMEMBER: It is illegal for law enforcement officers to perform any stops, searches, detentions, or removals based solely on your religion, race, national origin, gender, ethnicity, or political beliefs. However, law enforcement officers at the airport and at the border generally have the authority to search all bags and to ask you questions about your citizenship and travel itinerary.