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Boulder Awards and Accolades

Boulder, Colorado, has won many accolades and awards for its recreation, culture, health and overall quality of life.

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2016
  • 18 Best Cities in America for Solo Travelers — TravelandLeisure.com, December 2016 
  • The Best U.S. Cities to Spend a Weekend — Thrillest.com, March 2016
  •  #7 “Highest Well Being Communities” — Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, March 2016
  • Top 25 Cities for a Weekend Getaway — Thrillist, March 2016
  • Top 15 Cities for Seasonal Brews — Travelocity.com, November 2016
2015
  • #1 Farmers' Market in the U.S. — USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice, August 2015
  • 10 Best Cities to See Street Performers — USAToday.com, May 2015
  • The 7 Most Underrated American Food Cities in 2015 — Thrillest.com, May 2015 
  • America’s 50 Best Farmers’ Markets — Cooking Light.com, May 2015
  • Best Cities to Visit with Your Dog — Men’s Journal, July 2015
  • The Country’s Best July 4th  Celebrations — CondeNastTraveler.com, July 2015
  • Wine Spectator  Grand Award Winner (Flagstaff House)— Wine Spectator, July 2015
  • Best Food Factory Tour (Celestial Seasonings) — USAToday.com, August 2015
  • Ten Laziest Rivers in the US (Boulder Creek) — Men’s Journal.com, August 2015
  • #4 “America’s Best Beer Towns” — CNNMoney.com, September, 2015
  • #2 “The 21 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” (Flagstaff House) — Thrillest.com, October 2015
2014
  •  #2 “Top Cities for Well Being” – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, March 2014 
  • The Best College Towns in America – GQ, June 2014 
  • America’s Best Towns for July 4th – TravelandLeisure.com, June 2014 
  • 10Best: Bike-friendly cities – USAToday.com, July 2014  
  • #4 America’s Quirkiest Towns – TravelandLeisure.com, August 2014
  • Best College Towns for People Who Aren’t In College – CondeNastTraveler.com, October 2014
  • 15 Most Memorable Restaurants of 2014 (The Sink) – Forbes.com, December 2014 
2013
  • #2 “Top Cities for Well Being” – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, March 2013
  • #4 “The Best Clubs in America” (Fox Theater) – Rolling Stone, April 2013
  • Outstanding Wine Program (Frasca Food and Wine) – James Beard Foundation Award Winner, May 2013
  • Ten Best Foodie Streets in America (Pearl Street) – Food & Wine, May 2013
  • #2 “Top Urban Bike Paths” – USA Today, July 23, 2013
  • America’s Best College Towns – Travel & Leisure, December 2013 
2012
  • Top Ten Foodie Cities – Livability.com, January 2012 
  • Best Underrated College Towns – NextGen Journal, February 2012 
  • Top Sommeliers of 2012 (Pizzeria Locale) – Food & Wine, April 2012 
  • #1 "America's Most Creative Cities" – Richard Florida's Creative Class Index, June 2012 
  • 20 Best Vacation Destinations – Frommers, June 2012
2011 
  • Top 10 Winter Towns – National Geographic Traveler, January 2011 
  • 10 Great College Towns – US News & World Report, February 2011 
  • #1 "America's 15 Most Active Cities" – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Study February 2011 
  • Happiest and Healthiest City – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, March 2011 
  • America's Best New Bars (Oak) – Food & Wine, April 2011 
  • #9 "Top 25 Small Cities for Art"– AmericanStyle magazine, June 2011
  • 10 Great Places for City Cycling – USA Today, July 22 2011
  • 10 College Towns with the Best Food – The Daily Meal, September 14 2011
  • #1 Most Educated Metro Area – US Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2011
  • 50 Best Bars in America (Oak) – Food & Wine, December 2011
  • 5 Great College Towns for Winter Enthusiasts – US News, Dec 2011
  • #7 "Top US Travel Destinations for 2012" – Lonely Planet, December 2011
2010 
  • Top 25 Destinations in the US – TripAdvisor, January 2010 
  • #4 "Eleven Most Bike Friendly Cities in the World" – Virgin Vacations, January 2011 
  • Happiest and Healthiest City – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, February 2010 #3 America's Best Bike Cities – Bicycling magazine, May 2010 
  • America's Best College Towns – MSNBC.com, June 25, 2010 
  • #9 "Top 25 Small Cities for Art" – AmericanStyle magazine, June 2010 
  • 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade – Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2010 
  • America's Top Adventure Towns – NationalGeographic.com, September 2010America's Foodiest Town – Bon Appetit, October, 2010 
  • Best College Football Towns – Associated Press, October, 8, 2010 
  • America's "Brainiest" City – Portfolio.com, December 2010
2009 
  • Top 10 Bargain Ice-Skating Rinks (The Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza) -TripAdvisor, February 2009 
  • #1 Top Chef (Hosea Rosenberg) — Bravo's Top Chef: New York, February 2009 
  • The West's 20 Best Small Towns — Sunset magazine, March 2009 
  • Top Ten Best Midsize Metropolitan Areas — bizjournals.com, March 2009 
  • #1 "America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well" — Forbes.com, May 2009 
  • Top 10 Travel Destinations (Celestial Seasonings Free Tour) — USA Weekend, May 15, 2009 
  • Best Places to Live - The 30 Coolest Neighborhoods in America — Men's Journal, June 2009 
  • #8 "Top 25 Small Cities for Art" — AmericanStyle magazine, June 2009 
  • #1 "Best Cities for Gen Ys" — BusinessWeek.com, June 2009 
  • Ten Top Wine Destinations — Food & Wine, July 2009 
  • 25 Coolest Film Festivals (Boulder International Film Festival) — MovieMaker magazine, Summer 2009 
  • #1 "Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid" — Backpacker magazine, August 2009 
  • #1 "The Most Eco-Enlightened U.S. Colleges" — Sierra magazine, August 2009 
  • America's Coolest College Towns — Travel + Leisure, September 2009 
  • #4 America's Best Running Cities — Runner's World, December 2009
2008
  • America's Smartest City - Forbes magazine, February 2008 
  • #6 in "Top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Restaurants" - The Kitchen - Bon Appetit, Feb 2008 
  • The West's Greenest Restaurant - The Kitchen - Sunset magazine, March 2008 
  • Top 10 World's "Greener Cities" - Urban Land Green magazine, Spring 2008 
  • #5 in "Top 25 Best Green Places to Live" - Country Home magazine, April 2008 
  • Top Pick for Food & Wine Vacations - Organic/Veggie - Orbitz, April 2008 
  • Top 25 Destinations in the US - TripAdvisor, April 2008 
  • Top 100 Destinations in the World - TripAdvisor, April 2008 
  • #3 in "Top 10 Cities for Masters Runners" - Masters Athlete magazine, May 2008
  • The 10 Brainiest Places to Retire - US News and World Report, May 2008 
  • #8 in "Top 25 Small Cities & Towns for Art" - AmericanStyle magazine, June 2008 
  • America's Top 5 Cities for Cycling - Bicycling magazine, June 2008 
  • CVB & Tourist Office Award Winner - Top 13 Convention and Visitors Bureaus in the West - Successful Meetings magazine, August 2008 
  • #6 in "Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire" - AARP The Magazine, Sept 2008 
  • America's 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire - US News and World Report, Sept 2008 Ten Great Football Stadiums - USA Today, Oct 10, 2008 
  • Runner-Up "America's Foodiest Small Town" - Bon Appetit, October 2008 
  • Top 10 Mini Wine Escapes - Sunset magazine, November 2008
2007 
  • #8 in "Top 10 Cities for Artists" - BusinessWeek, February 2007 
  • Top Triathlon Town - Inside Triathlon magazine, April 2007 
  • #7 in "Top 25 Best Green Cities" - Country Home magazine, April 2007 
  • #5 in "Best Cities for Empty-nesters" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2007 
  • Top 10 Hottest New Restaurants - Bon Appetit magazine, June 2007 
  • #8 in "Top 25 Small Cities & Towns for Art" - AmericanStyle magazine, June 2007 
  • #3 in "Top 10 Rooftop Bars" - Sunset magazine, July 2007 
  • #6 in "Top 10 Farmers' Markets" - EatingWell magazine, August 2007 
  • CVB & Tourist Office Award Winner - Top 13 Convention and Visitors Bureaus in the West - Successful Meetings magazine, August 2007 
  • Best Places to Retire - US News and World Report.com, August 2007 
  • #1 "Top Small-City College Destination" - Denver Business Journal, October 2007 
  • #4 "11 Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the World" - Virgin Vacations.com, Nov. 2007 Top 10 Best New Restaurants - 5280 magazine, December 2007
2006 
  • Place You Dream of Living - Backpacker magazine, February 2006 
  • Best City for Cycling - Bicycling magazine, March 2006 
  • Top 10 Greenest Cities - Homestore.com, April 2006 
  • #10 in "Top 25 Small Cities & Towns for Art" - AmericanStyle magazine, June 2006 
  • #3 in "Top 10 Brainiest Small Cities" - Bizjournals.com, June 2006 
  • #1 in "20 Dream Towns" - Outside magazine, August 2006 
  • #4 Heart-Healthiest City - Men's Journal, August 2006 
  • #9 Best City for Green Meetings - Meetings and Conventions, August 2006 
  • Top 20 Greenest Spots in the Country - Vegetarian Times, July/Aug 2006 
  • Top 10 Favorite Outdoor Dining Spots - Bon Appetit magazine, July 2006 
  • America's Smartest City - Forbes magazine, December 2006