Welcome to Boulder
One of America’s undisputed best places to call home
Sitting at the foothill of the towering Rocky Mountains lies the sprawling, scenic beauty of Boulder, Colorado. Dubbed “the city nestled between the mountains and reality,” Boulder has secured high rankings on several lists, such as US News’ #1 spot on their Happiest Cities in America list, and Forbes’ top position on their America’s Top 25 Towns list. Close proximity to the Rockies has allowed for large-scale preservation of the natural environment, and an abundance of outdoor activities.
Boulder’s history spans back to the 1850s. The western gold rush and the promise of riches brought settlers from the eastern United States, with several deciding to make their stopover in Colorado permanent. Expansion continued with the establishment of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1876. Today, Boulder is a popular destination for hiking, skiing, and more in the great outdoors.
What to Love
- Boulder is situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, providing dramatic scenery not found elsewhere in the United States
- Widespread preservation of the natural environment allows Boulder residents access to many untouched trails and hiking paths
- Boulder has been named a top 10 “winter town” by National Geographic for its several snow-capped festivals and events
- Downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street boasts a number of unique shops, cafes, and live entertainment
- Boulder has been named “America’s Foodiest Town” by Bon Appetit
Boulder is a city boasting the best of both worlds, ensuring even your toughest houseguest will find something they love. The geographical location allows for endless days spent hiking and biking in the wilderness, and regular snow days during the winter months. Some favorite winter activities adored by locals include skiing, strolling alongside twinkling lights in the holiday season, cheering on the Colorado Buffs at Folsom Field, or enjoying a staycation at one of the several luxury lodges. Days and nights on Pearl Street are regular occurrences, where patrons can shop till they drop and end the day at one of the many top-rated eateries or bars.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Boulder was named “America’s Foodiest Town” by Bon Appetit magazine, and the city has lived up to this title without question. Boulder is bursting at the seams with top-rated cafes, breweries, and comforting restaurants. Famous Pearl Street is bustling seven days a week, with something to offer for every palate.
Pearl Street has been the heart of Boulder for more than four decades. The street is lined with shops, restaurants, and endless people-watching opportunities. The historic center of downtown allows for pedestrians to wander as they please across brick-paved streets to the many hotspots, such as The West End Tavern. The West End Tavern has been serving elevated bar food on Pearl Street for decades with a killer drink menu to boot. Another favorite place to celebrate the end of a long work week would be at Pearl Street Pub & Cellar. This low-key joint is popular among locals for its inviting atmosphere, perfected pub classics, and extensive drink menu.
Pearl Street is also well-known for its unique collection of locally-owned shops. The Pearl Street Mall stretches across four blocks and is packed with clothing boutiques, unique home decor, quirky knick-knacks, gifts, bookstores, and more. A few steps north of Pearl Street will lead visitors to The Boulder Theater. First opened in 1906, this storied venue has hosted musical performances, comedy acts, and screenings for the Boulder International Film Festival.
Things To Do
Of course, Boulder is best-known for its location at the base of the Rocky Mountains. This has provided easy access to some of the best scenery and recreational activities in the nation. One scenic yet simple option can be found on the Red Rocks Trail. This 0.7-mile trek is about a five-minute walk from downtown Boulder and rewards its visitors with sweeping, panoramic views. Another nearby option is the Boulder Canyon Trail. A bit longer, this trail stretches 2.6 miles and is perfect for cycling.
Boulder residents are afforded a number of highly-rated local schools. Some of these include:
- High Peaks Elementary School, kindergarten-5th grade; HPES has recently been renovated to include a new media center, computer lab, gym, and special education classroom. HPES is a recent winner of the National Blue Ribbon Award, the highest award an American school can receive.
- Southern Hills Middle School, grades 6-8; SHMS is a winner of the John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award.
- Fairview High School, grades 9-12; one of the highest-rated schools in the state, FHS are also among the best-prepared for college.
- Boulder High School, grades 9-12; BHS is an advanced placement-focused school. Founded in 1875, it was the first public high school in the state of Colorado.