30 Reasons to Love Boulder
1. Listening to the babbling Boulder Creek while strolling or biking the scenic Boulder Creek Path - right through the middle of town.
2. Tours that speak to whatever your passion is - from bikes to food and history to brews.
3. High-fiving other hikers at the top of the thigh-burning Mt. Sanitas hike - and then being rejuvenated by the views of Boulder Valley.
4. Letting tiny tots strip down and run with total glee through Pearl Street's pop-jet fountain (at Pearl and 14th Sts).
6. Hearing a concert - any concert - at Chautauqua Auditorium, with its breathtaking acoustics. Audiences can listen for owls hooting in therafters between songs.
7. Dining at dozens of award-winning restaurants that make us America's Foodiest Town, according to Bon Appétit magazine.
8. Admiring the view at University of Colorado's Varsity Bridge, which resembles a scene from an impressionist painting.
9. Hopping on a bike (easily rented from one of the many shops throughout town) and seeing the sights like a local.
10. More tech startups than you can shake a stick at - and the culture to go along with it (think artisanal coffee shops and geek-er-ificevent like Ignite Boulder).
11. The free tea factory tour at Celestial Seasonings, which happens every hour on the hour daily and comes with free tastings and a look at their special art gallery.
12. Delicious bites, beautiful bouquets and locally produced foods at the Boulder Farmers' Market, one of the best in the West.
13. Free Saturday visits (during the farmers' market) to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
14. Admiring every square inch - inside and out - of the ornate Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, which was created in Tajikistan, given as a gift to Boulder, and shipped and assembled here.
15. Walking where beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman might have walked on the campus of the Naropa Institute, one of the few major accredited Buddhist-inspired universities in North America.
16. A beer paired with a phenomenal view of the Flatirons on the rooftop of West End Tavern.
17. Shopping big-name brands - with a big-sky view of the Flatirons - at the Twenty Ninth Street mall.
18. Making the short but dramatic hike to Boulder Falls, nestled in Boulder Canyon.
19. Taking a tour, embarking on a hike or admiring the I.M. Pei-designed architecture at the striking National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
20. Watching the raucous Thursday evening cruiser ride - a group of costumed, cheering bicyclists - whiz by. Or better yet, joining the ride.
21. Rediscovering the lost art of mead-making at the tucked-away Redstone Meadery.
22. Catching a nationally known musician at the legendary and intimate Boulder Theatre.
23. Enjoying an ice cream cone while taking in some of the best people-watching in the world on the Pearl Street Mall.
24. Having a picnic on the sprawling, grassy hillside (while the kiddos play on a model rocket ship) at Scott Carpenter Park - all with a view of the iconic Flatirons.
25. Creative exhibits at the Boulder History Museum, such as "Beer! Boulder's History on Tap."
26. Shakespeare under a starry mountain sky at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
27. Live radio tapings, incredible musicians, and a do-good mission at eTown Hall.
29. Heading to the Hill, the student-centric neighborhood adjacent to the University of Colorado, for casual eats and great shows
at the Fox Theatre.
30. Riding a saddle or lounging in a recliner aboard Banjo Billy's Bus Tours', a hard-to-miss shack on wheels.
Photo credits: Cocktail, Oak on Fourteenth; Varsity Bridge, Peter Talke Photography via Flickr; West End Tavern patio drink, Frank Swift via Flickr; Boulder Theatre, Eric Magnuson via Flickr.