“Boulder, Colorado may have perfected the urban/outdoors balance: it’s close to Denver for big city benefits, it has its own smaller city personality, but then it focuses on outdoor activity in every other way.” — Lonely Planet
With its love of outdoors, gourmet food and progressive thinking, it’s not hard to see why Boulder earned the title the Happiest City in the U.S. by National Geographic.
Boulder, Colorado is located 30 minutes northwest of Denver, at the Flatirons, exactly where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, we are confident you will love Boulder! At 5,328 feet in elevation, Boulder has a sunny, semi-arid climate. This elevation ensures very little humidity in the summer and winter months. July in Boulder sees an average daily high of 88, a low of 57 Fahrenheit, and an average 1.7 inches in precipitation.
Pearl Street Mall
A street lined with restaurants, shops, and people watching, Pearl Street is the heart and soul of Boulder.
Just 1.1 miles from the College of Music, Pearl Street Mall is easily accessible by public transportation. Located in the center of historic downtown, locals and visitors stroll the brick-paved pedestrian walkway, linger on sun-dappled benches and restaurant patios, shop to their hearts’ content, and stop to watch only-in-Boulder street performers.
Biking, Hiking and Walking
Boulder is a very walkable city — nearly 10 percent of commuters walk to work.
Boulder has been named one of the top bike-friendly cities in the nation. Rental bikes are readily available at Boulder’s many bike shops. Some shops allow customers to test-drive a bike for a few days.
Boulder also has a simple, inexpensive bike-sharing system called B-cycle. There are 41 B-cycle stations around Boulder with more than 300 bikes that you can rent right on the spot. For more information on B-cycle, click here.
Rocky Mountain National Park, the fourth most visited in the US, is an hour drive, and Breckenridge, Vail, and Aspen are easy destinations.
Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers and desert lands. Colorado’s four National Parks — Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison — are home to some of the world’s most wondrous and diverse scenery. Colorado is part of the western and southwestern United States and is one of the Mountain States.