A big, beautiful city with breathtaking scenic views, unparalleled outdoor access, and a small-town vibe.
Despite being a big city, Boulder is known for having a small-town feel and a youthful, healthy community of active individuals who love taking advantage of the gorgeous outdoors and the city's extensive trail system. But perhaps the thing people love best about Boulder is the absolutely breathtaking views. As you drive into the city limits, you'll start seeing the snow-capped mountains and picturesque landscape of this vibrant city. Brimming with open-minded, fitness-focused individuals, Boulder is a haven for just about anyone looking for a unique way of life.
Not only is Boulder one of the safest cities in the country, but it also boasts one of the youngest populations, with a median age of 28. The outdoorsy, fitness-focused culture is a significant part of living in Boulder — you can go skiing within an hour of just about anywhere you live in the city.
Thanks to this unparalleled access to nature, it's easy to find outdoor recreational activities and exercise opportunities or just explore the many parks and trail systems. Considering how incredible life in Boulder is, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that it has a higher cost of living than most cities, but the quality of life there makes the hefty price tag worth it.
Frasca Food and Wine is a sophisticated neighborhood watering hole that serves food and wine from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy. The restaurant pairs top-shelf wines with delicious, organic ingredients and sumptuous northern Italian plates.
If you want pizza, but you're not eager to order from a chain restaurant, consider trying the artisanal Napolenta pies straight from the wood-fired oven at Pizzeria Locale. And what better way to complement a pizza dinner than by ordering from the counter-order bakery selling pastries, cakes, and ice cream at Lucky's Bakehouse and Creamery?
For the best shopping, restaurants, services, and lodging, look no further than Downtown Boulder. The town's main street, Pearl Street, has been around since the 1940s and has remained the best place to find things to do in Boulder for decades now. The Pearl Street Boulder Book Store is the largest independent bookstore in the state, with three floors and more than 100,000 titles. They host numerous events in the store and for the community every year.
Also downtown is Oak, an innovative and popular New American restaurant known for its open kitchen and chic, inviting space. While it’s currently temporarily closed due to the pandemic, Arcana is another top-notch eatery with a seasonal menu serving elevated American dishes.
Some of the other top restaurants in Boulder include the Rosetta Food Hall, Avanti Food Hall, and Folsom Thai.
Visit the Boulders Farmers Market to shop for produce, plants, crafts, and food from local vendors. The farmers market is open every Saturday from April through November. This particular market is produce-only and features everything from beets to potatoes to leeks to radishes to carrots and everything else you could ever need in the kitchen.
The BOLDERBoulder race is one of the most significant and highly acclaimed 10K races in the world. It was even named America's All-Time Best 10K by Runner's World and is one of the largest races in the United States and the seventh-largest globally. Locally owned and operated, the race invites more than 50,000 participants and 100,000 spectators each year for an incredible Memorial Day celebration.
We've briefly mentioned the shopping and dining on Pearl Street. The massive outdoor Pearl Street Mall is truly the city's primary hub for everything, including the arts, festivities, and even a leisurely day of people-watching! With more than 1,000 businesses taking up this pedestrian-only, red-brick, and innately walkable district, Pearl Street is brimming with vibrant nightlife, breweries, and unique spots like the Dushanbe Tea House and Art Mart.
Outdoor enthusiasts will want to check out Chautauqua Park, which is part of an iconic historic landmark that dates back more than a century. Today the park provides families with easy access to the Open Space Mountain Park trails, a picnic area, tennis courts, a demonstration garden, and a playground.
The Boulder Valley School District administers the Boulder public schools, and there are also several charter and private schools in the area. The University of Colorado Boulder is a public research university and Colorado state flagship.
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