I wake up to the peaks of the Flatirons, less than a mile west, complementing the Rocky Mountains in the background. I go on runs every day around the beautiful CU Boulder campus. I live in a city with 300 days of sunshine, 146 miles of preserved hiking trails, and over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways. Why would I ever want to be anywhere else?
Before I get into the landscape and countless activities to take advantage of, I’d like to start with the people. One of the first things I noticed when moving to Boulder was the genuine friendliness of the people. Being surrounded by a friendly community is a surefire way to secure the Best Place to be Today.
On to the outdoor activities! Hiking has been one of my favorite things to do so far in Boulder. With hundreds of miles of trails in Boulder, and hundreds more in the surrounding areas, there is always a new trail to explore or a new view to see. One of my favorites is Chautauqua Trailhead. It’s a hike that can be completed in about 3 hours round trip, and the views overlooking the city are spectacular!
The seemingly never ending bike paths also secure Boulder in as the Best Place to be Today. I haven’t even begun to explore all of them, but nice long bike rides in the beautiful fall Boulder weather is an amazing way to spend a day. I’ve stuck to the road biking so far, but there are plenty of mountain biking paths all around the area as well!
I have this thing for cobblestone streets filled with cute little shops and delicious restaurants. This is exactly Pearl Street in the heart of downtown Boulder. It is a quaint area of town that radiates an old historical charm. I love just walking around, stopping to watch a street performer, taking a peak in a bookstore or boutique, or grabbing a bite to eat while people watching. Most months of the year, the Boulder’s Farmer’s Market is held downtown, and it is rich with fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade goodies. Great Saturday morning activity!
Colorado is said to be the “Napa Valley of Beer,” with Boulder County being home more than 30 craft breweries. This makes Boulder the perfect place for beer lovers like myself. Boulder hosted the first annual craft beer festival last month, and I am so glad I was around to check it out! 40 beers on tap from local breweries and unlimited samples all day makes for a festival you won’t want to miss!
Hiking, biking, and beer all in one day… and views that will make you stop right in your tracks (or trip on the big rock in front of you on your hike), I’d say Boulder is hands down the Best Place to be Today.
Note: Although I love Boulder, I am more than willing to spending some time away from my #bestplacetobetoday to be a featured #Blogmanay blogger in attendance at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, Lonely Planet’s Best Place to be Today. Did I mention Edinburgh is #1 on my list of places I’m craving to return to? 🙂