Boulder, CO, Guide and Information
Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Colorado, the city of Boulder stands out as one of the toniest destinations in this Rocky Mountain state. As chic as Aspen–although in a more understated way–some go so far as to refer to Boulder and the surrounding area as the Marin County of Colorado. Both down to earth and dialed in, Boulder’s allure as a happening city in the foothills of the Rockies has grown largely due to the high tech boon it has experienced in recent decades.
Named after Boulder Creek, the granite boulder-punctuated water source that flows through town, the city boasts a huge amount of open space, conservation easements and nature preserves to showcase its natural beauty. Located about fifty miles northwest of Denver in Boulder Valley where the Rockies meet the Great Plains, the city’s most recognizable feature lies just to the west. From almost every vantage point in and around Boulder, you can see the immense, reddish-colored, slanted slabs of sandstone known as the Flatirons.
More Must-See Boulder
Most enjoy the young, happening vibe that reigns supreme in Boulder. In addition to this old mining town being a bastion for young professionals, it’s also greatly populated year-round with students.
The University of Colorado’s main campus was established here in 1875. It officially opened in 1877 and for many years CU Boulder has been considered one of the top universities in the United States. Take a look at your Discovery Map to locate The Hill, the area where most of the university buildings are located. Visitors can take in a number of events here including a CU Boulder football game, some of the biggest doings of the fall. Home games are held at Folsom Stadium, also known as Folsom Field, which often transforms into a big music venue. When up on The Hill, grab a bite at The Sink, Boulder’s oldest restaurant, established in 1923.
Old West Meets New
Like many interesting and enjoyable places in the American west, Boulder has a nice blend of old and new west and this comes across in cultural events that take place there. Whether it is a little café offering live bluegrass or jazz music, a boutique art gallery or a playhouse, there is an abundant assortment of small and large cultural venues to explore while in Boulder.
15th St. Studio Established in 1984, 15th St Studio has supported local and non-local artists by exhibiting their work and putting on gallery exhibitions. Known for its down to earth community vibe and atmosphere, 15th St. Studio is well worth the visit. To learn more check them out at http://www.15thstreetstudio.com/
Boulder Rocks the Outdoors
Boulder, Colorado is one of those rare places that combine incredible outdoor recreation with a wonderful array of great eating establishments, music and cultural events, shopping and the intellectual flair that comes with being home to the state university. Located at approximately 5000 feet elevation, Boulder has access to incredible biking, hiking, running, skiing and facilities that empower the athlete to recreate year around. For somone looking to visit solo, or bring the entire family on a trip where playing outside, eating good food, and taking in some interesting culture is the 'name of the game', one could not find a better spot.
Biking: Biking in Boulder takes on many different faces as mountains, densely packed with trails, surround the city and offer cyclists of all abilities a wide variety of options to choose from. The city itself is also a biker’s paradise and is a great place to explore on two wheels. For more information on biking in and around Boulder, Visit Here.