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 100,000 people is a world-class destination.
There are endless ways to get out and enjoy the 300-plus days of sunshine a year: from the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails to some of the best rock climbing in America. Take a simple stroll with the family down the historic Pearl Street Mall, rent a B-Cycle bike and ride along the more than 300 miles of bike paths, or hang out by Boulder Creek and for some great people watching.
Boulder has become 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.
Mountain bikers, dirt bikers and casual bikers alike will all fall in love with the Valmont Bike Park, one of the most unique and diverse bike parks in the nation.
Nature and Parks
Boulder has preserved more than 45,000 acres of open space, much of which surrounds the city and helps maintain its geographical boundaries. Trails abound for nature lovers, so take a hike! Chautauqua, on the west end of Baseline Road, is one of the remaining few functioning Chautauquas left in the country following that historic movement. The city also boasts more than 60 urban parks, complete with amenities for all. Visit one of the many playgrounds, play disc golf, or stroll around a lake with your dog.
University of Colorado
The University of Colorado sits in the midst of Boulder and educates approximately 25,000 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.
A Boulder Summer
This video tribute to summer in Boulder was produced by Balcony Nine Media for the 2014 TEDx Boulder.