Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder hosts thriving tech and natural foods industries, supports a renowned entrepreneurial community, has some of the region's best restaurants, and is home to many federal research labs and a world-class university. No wonder this Rocky Mountain town of approximately 107,000 people is a world-class destination.
There are endless ways to enjoy Boulder's 300-plus days of sunshine a year — from the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails to some of the best rock climbing spots in America. Take a simple stroll with the family down the historic Pearl Street Mall , rent a B-cycle bike and ride along the 300-plus miles of bike paths, or hang out by Boulder Creek for some great people watching. It's quick and easy to get around by bus.
Boulder has preserved more than 45,000 acres of open space, much of which surrounds the city and helps maintain its geographical boundaries. More than 150 miles of trails abound for nature lovers, so take a hike! Chautauqua Park , on the west end of Baseline Road, is one of the remaining few functioning Chautauquas left in the country following that historic adult education movement. The city also boasts more than 60 urban parks , including one of the most unique and diverse bike parks in the nation, Valmont Bike Park .
Soak Up the Flavor
Boulder is known as a "foodie town." You can grab a bite to eat at any one of the many award-winning, innovative restaurants after a long day's hike. And while you're visiting what's considered "the Napa Valley for Craft Brewing," why not take a break for a cold one? In Boulder alone, there are dozens of some of the country's finest microbrews. The city also has nearly 50 coffee and tea shops. Stroll-worthy Downtown Boulder is a great place to start exploring.
The University of Colorado sits in the heart of Boulder and educates more than 30,000 students each year. On its western side, it meets the city's University Hill business district, which is home to an eclectic group of shops and eateries.