Welcome to Boulder
A vibrant, electric city amidst the serenity of the great outdoors
It’s no wonder Boulder, Colorado has been named one of the happiest places in the United States. The friendly and exciting city is tucked away at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is known for its year-round outdoor activities, food and brewery scenes, and pleasant people. Located 30 minutes north of Denver, Boulder has a naturally breathtaking backdrop with views of the iconic Flatirons and Flagstaff mountains. The architecture of the homes here is contemporary; modern meets rustic with gorgeous glass, glossy wood, high-quality brick, and finished cobblestone.
The Boulder Valley was originally home to the Southern Arapaho tribe, with the first non-native settlement established by gold-seekers at Red Rocks (now Settler's Park) in 1858. For decades after, it was a supply base for miners seeking gold and silver in the great Colorado mountains. The vivacious city became a popular tourist destination as years and centuries passed, and it’s now rated as one of the best and healthiest places to live due to its thriving neighborhoods, active culture, and dynamic yet laid-back lifestyle.
What to Love
- Vivacious downtown area
- Trendy breweries and dining experiences
- Impressive arts and film scene
- Dynamic outdoor activities
People & Lifestyle
Boulder is known for its down-to-earth residents and relaxed lifestyle. In addition to its reputation for being eco-friendly and supporting environmental causes, it is a famously creative community, with many involved in the arts as well as tech start-ups and corporations. Many working professionals have bikes or cars, with the average commute landing around 20 minutes.
Locals like to get outdoors for a breath of fresh air or for full-on recreation up in the Rocky Mountains. There are streams to kayak down and fish in, lush greenery to hike through, and historic mountains on which to rock climb. When Boulderites aren’t outside in mother nature, they’re probably grabbing a craft beer, cocktail, or delicious meal downtown. You’ll see lots of earth tones in the architecture and aesthetic of restaurants, providing a calm escape and many cozy evenings out.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Boulder is the life of the party and the cultural hub of the city. The pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall is a Boulder staple and beloved location, filled with locally owned businesses and shops. The stretch of historical shops at the heart of the city spans 9th Street to 21st Street, offering art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. There is also a recurring Boulder Saturday Farmers Markets, artisan shows, and live music and entertainment. Peppercorn has kitchen, houseware, specialty items, gourmet food, and cookbooks—all of which make perfect and unique gifts for loved ones. Boulder Bookstore is an attractive three-floor indie shop that’s been open since 1973, with popular readings and events.
Boulder was named “America’s Foodiest Town” in 2010 by Bon Appetit, and it’s easy to see why. The city is home to many farm-to-table restaurants, like The Kitchen. Head to West End Tavern for a juicy and delicious burger, or try the Pork Green Chile Eggs Benedict at Centro for breakfast. Don’t forget homemade desserts at Spruce Confections. As far as craft breweries go, head to Mountain Sun, Boulder Beer, or West Flanders Brewing Company.
Things to Do
Boulder is home to a wide variety of activities—whether you like to stick indoors or explore outside. Head to Chautauqua Park or Eldorado Canyon State Park to climb, walk, bike, or play in nature. If you’re up for a more intense outdoor experience, go west to the trail-lined Flatirons overlooking the city. Not into nature up close? Take a swing at the Flatirons Golf Course.
American Style listed Boulder in its roundup of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations in 2012. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival graces Boulder with its talent, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts features striking pieces. The historic Boulder Theater is the city’s largest performance venue, with an Instagram-worthy marquee that features amazing film, theater, music, and comedy events and shows year-round. If you like film, head to the prestigious Boulder Film Festival once a year. Radio-lovers can tune into eTown for the nationally syndicated radio broadcast/podcast based in Boulder, Colorado. Finally, you don’t want to miss the Boulder Creek Festival each spring with out-of-this-world musical performances.
Into science and history? Consider heading to the University of Colorado Boulder campus, which is home to the Fiske Planetarium and the Museum of Natural History for zoology and anthropology exhibits, or try a Historic Boulder Walking Tour.
Boulder is zoned to the Boulder Valley School District. Highlights include:
- High Peaks Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Southern Hills Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Fairview High School, Public, 9-12