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Boulder, Colorado: more than just a college town

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Boulder is most well known for being the location of the University of Colorado. It is known as the home of Coach Prime and the CU Buffs football team, and for being one of the best college towns in the country. However, the town of Boulder is bustling with a great shopping, restaurant and bar scene. The town also sits on the base of the Rocky Mountains with lots of opportunities to go on hikes or go skiing. With wide bike lanes and great parks Boulder  Colorado is one of the best designed cities in the country and offers many different activities for travelers. This is why Boulder is one of the best places to visit in America. 

Boulder’s location is part of what makes it such a great place. The town sits at the base of the Rocky Mountain range and offers stunning views of the giant flat-iron rocks that overlook the town. Residents of the town live an outdoor lifestyle and spend their time skiing, hiking, biking and jogging. Boulder is less than an hour away from Rocky Mountain National Park and many large ski resorts. This gives visitors tons of opportunities to explore the tallest mountains in the country in a multitude of ways. The town itself is home to many hikes such as the Flatirons Loop trail, which takes hikers all the way up to the Flatiron rocks and gives a perfect view of the town below. 

Boulder is not only a great place for hikers and ski enthusiasts to visit, but it is also home to many fantastic restaurants. One such place is called The Sink. This burger joint has been around for over 100 years and has hosted many celebrities, such as former president Barack Obama. Another famous spot is The Buff. This restaurant is a popular brunch spot, and lines can be seen out the door almost every day. It’s known for having some of the best breakfast food in the country and is a must try for anyone who visits. Frasca Food and Wine is a Michelin Star restaurant in downtown Boulder and received its Michelin Star for the Italian food it serves. Boulder’s food scene is fantastic as there are many family restaurants, college bars and high-end restaurants to grab a meal. 

Visitors of Boulder should expect to find one of the most liveable and well designed cities in the country. Boulder features many parks and residential neighborhoods. The roads are very walkable and have wide bike lanes making the city very easy to navigate. The University of Colorado sits in the middle of the town and is a great place to walk around and visit. In downtown Boulder car access to some roads is prohibited, leaving a large market and plaza for visitors to traverse. The market has lots of shops and restaurants for both visitors and residents to enjoy. 

Boulder is a must-visit when going to Colorado. It is a classic example of a college town, but it has so much to offer. Between the stunning views and hikes to the great food and shop scene, the town offers a little bit to everyone. The town is also a great place to catch a football game over the fall when the CU Buffs play in Folsom Field. According to U.S. News and World Report, Boulder is recognized as one of the most liveable cities in the country and there truly is no town like it in the United States.

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