Boulder, CO recently took the #1 spot in Best College Reviews‘ ’50 Best College Towns.’
Fort Collins also made the list, snagging the #14 spot for it’ s homegrown music scene, microbrews, and New Belgium Brewery’s “Tour de Fat.”
Boulder’s Green Space, walkability, and consistent rankings for “best city for…” lists and there are a few other things that earn Boulder bragging rights for “Best College Town”:
Proximity to the mountains. The Rocky Mountains and San Juan Range serve as Colorado’s state-wide playground. If fresh powder’s your thing, Boulder is just a couple hours from world-renowned mountains like Vail and Keystone and only a 20 minute drive (sans I-70) from Boulder’s backyard mountain, Eldora.
Eldorado Canyon is minutes from Boulder, its rock faces drawing climbers from all corners of the globe. Boulder Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park are popular nearby spots and there’s plenty of others in the rest of the state and neighboring Utah and Wyoming.
Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks is home to Bouler’s Mt. Sanitas, Bear Peak, and Green Peak as well as plenty others–not to mention Colorado’s 53 peaks over 14,000 feet (The 14ers).
Boulder’s active lifestyle. Forget the Freshmen 15, Boulder has been named the country’s “most active city” time and time again. Playing host to the 2014 IRONMAN Boulder, triathletes are usually only a stone’s throw away within city limits.
The Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride attracts hundreds of costumed riders every week and the BolderBOULDER 10k is one of the largest running races in the world. There are also 300 miles of hiking and biking trails
Healthy music scene. Despite its lack of mid-size venues, Boulder’s proximity to Red Rocks Amphitheater and healthy local music scene ensure plenty of opportunities to boogie and enjoy jam bands, bluegrass, reggae, or electronic.
Post-graduate opportunities. Colorado is ranked among the top states with best current and future job growth (and this article, too). It’s been said that Boulder is the silicon valley of start-ups and it’s home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations, NCAR, the Geological Society of America, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, and the Space Science Institute. Google, IBM, and plenty of other big-name companies have offices in Boulder, too.
The Conference on World Affairs has been “bringing the world to Boulder” since 1948. The conference is free and open to the public, giving students first priority to ask panel questions proceeding presentations. The conference brings experts from the world over to discuss topics on arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and “anything conceivable.”
Walk & Bikeability: The Pearl Street walking mall is full of charm, good eats, and entertainment. Again, Boulder’s 300 miles of hiking and biking trails makes it easy to take greenways to work. The US 36 Bikeway is underway and will connect Boulder to Denver and all the suburbs along the way.