Welcome Home: A Neighborhood Guide to Boulder, CO
With its incredible views, friendly locals, and vibrant lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Boulder, Colorado has been named one of the happiest places to live at in the United States. With a population of just over 100,000 people, Boulder is a quaint and quirky, yet adventurous and booming city that’s far too easy to fall in love with.
Get ready to pack your bags, because once you lay eyes on the beautiful Flat Irons, you’ll never want to return home. For those of you visiting for the first time, or for those who are looking for a new activity, here’s a neighborhood guide to help you navigate the best of Boulder.
Downtown is the heart and center of Boulder, which is focused around the historic Pearl Street Mall. The brick-paved walkway is home to locally owned mom and pop shops and boutiques, delicious restaurants, and beautiful architecture for everyone to enjoy.
Head to the Boulder Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and various days of the week to purchase fresh produce and watch as street performers put on a show.
The north side of town, also known as NoBo, is referred to as the arts hub of Boulder. From fun breweries and wineries to trendy art galleries, hip restaurants, and beautiful views, it’s no surprise that this side of town is up and coming for young families and new businesses.
The First Friday Art Walk in NoBo is always a huge attraction for locals to come and meet some of Boulder’s rising artists, and see their latest pieces!
The south side of town is known for its laid back lifestyle, casual restaurant scene, and miles of trails to explore. South Boulder is also home to one of the most famous hiking spots in Colorado, Chautauqua Park.
Not only is Chautauqua Park a highly sought after mountain destination for climbing and biking, but you can also enjoy summer concerts on the hill, take part in yoga on the grass, check out the historic cottages, or simply enjoy the stunning view of the mountain ranges.
Located just across the street from the University of Colorado, University Hill, or, The Hill, is a hot spot for young adults and college students. With dozens of fun bars, coffee shops, street art, live music, and entertainment, there’s always something to do in this part of town.
Catch a concert at The Fox Theater, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best concert venues in the country.
Over the years, Gunbarrel has become a popular location for its hidden-gem restaurants, coffee shops, and hangout spots. Take a stroll around the peaceful Twin Lakes, sip on a refreshing beer at the Gunbarrel Brewing Co., hike some of the less popular (but equally as beautiful) trailheads, and even check out The Boulder Country Club for golf, dining, tennis, aquatics, and more.
No matter where you are in Boulder, it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to do! Every neighborhood offers something different, which is what makes Boulder so unique and named one of the happiest places in the US.
Head downtown if you’re in the mood to shop and people watch, or if you’re looking for something more relaxed to do, head to the south side of town for some delicious food. Wherever your interests lie, Boulder’s got a neighborhood you can call home.