With its stunning mountain scenery, boundless recreation opportunities, and exciting nightlife Boulder is a gift to the senses. Located just 28 miles north of downtown Denver and only 44 miles from Denver International Airport, Boulder sits among the Flat Irons where it is a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, the Naropa Institute, and world-class research laboratories including the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Founded in 1858, Boulder attracts fresh-air fanatics from across the globe. Named “America’s Most Active City” by Time and “America’s Top Adventure Town” by National Geographic, the city is home to 200 miles of hiking and biking trails and 43,000 acres of open space. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast you simply can’t miss the abundant opportunities in Boulder to hike, ski, rock climb, cycle, picnic, or just toss a Frisbee. All that fun works up an appetite and when night falls, downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street offers food, drink, and music for all tastes.
Boulder is celebrated for its creativity. AmericanStyle magazine calls Boulder one of the Top 25 Small Cities for Art based on its bevy of cultural institutions including the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Ballet, Dairy Center for the Arts, and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
World renowned high tech businesses including IBM, Google, and Ball Aerospace are also part of Boulder’s DNA. Little wonder that the city is a magnet for meetings and events planners. The Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau provides free information to anyone wishing to book sites for retreats, conventions, weddings, and other events. For those wishing to experience traditional Western charm, downtown’s historic Hotel Boulderado can hosts event with up to 300 guests. The St. Julian Hotel & Spa in the heart of downtown received an AAA Four-Diamond award for its comfort and style. The Millennium Harvest House Hotel, near the University, is the largest meeting venue in town, with over 5000 square feet of space. The spectacular Peaceful Valley Ranch, on the edge of Roosevelt National Forest, is a natural wonderland making it perfect for weddings, retreats, and reunions.
Boulder has earned many nicknames over the years from the “Athens of the West” to the “People’s Republic of Boulder.” Perhaps the most intriguing name is “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.” As a one-of-a-kind town in a breathtaking setting, Boulder is paradise found.