Here are a few things we love about Boulder. Maybe you'll find yourself loving them, too. And don't miss 9 more reasons, according to the travel experts at Fodor's.
1. Admiring the view at University of Colorado's Varsity Bridge, which resembles a scene from an impressionist painting.
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2. 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. Hearing a concert — any concert — at Chautauqua Auditorium, with its breathtaking acoustics. Audiences can listen for owls hooting in the rafters between songs.
5. Seeing the Flatirons mountains dusted in snow (like a powered-sugar donut) on a blue-sky day.
6. Tours that speak to whatever your passion is — from bikes to food and history to brews.
7. Dining at dozens of award-winning restaurants that make Boulder America's Foodiest Town (according to Bon Appétit magazine) and Pearl Street one of the Top Ten Foodie Streets in America (according to Food + Wine).
8. Getting swept away from reality by a play, dance performance, comedy show or lecture at the Dairy Arts Center, a major hub of artistic expression in Boulder.
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-ific events 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 art gallery. (temporarily closed)
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 to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) (a great place to drop in during a visit to the Boulder Farmers Market, which happens on BMoCA's doorstep).
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 have walked on the campus of the Naropa Institute, one of the few major accredited Buddhist-inspired universities in North America.
16. Enjoying a beer or a bourbon 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. Taking a tour, embarking on a hike or admiring the I.M. Pei-designed architecture at the striking National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
19. Watching the raucous Thursday evening cruiser ride — a group of costumed, cheering bicyclists — whiz by. Or better yet, joining the ride.
20. Rediscovering the lost art of mead-making at the tucked-away Redstone Meadery.
21. Hiking from the Chautuaqua Trailhead into the Flatirons and maybe even all the way to the stunning Royal Arch.
22. Catching a nationally known musician at the legendary and intimate Boulder Theater.
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. On snowy days, watching folks cross-country ski right in the middle of town at North Boulder Park.
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.
30. Lounging in a recliner and getting a fascinating history lesson aboard Banjo Billy's Bus Tours', a hard-to-miss shack on wheels.