Tucked in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, acres of vast open space roll into Boulder, Colorado’s quaint cityscape.
To the west, the trail-lined Flatirons are craggy rock formations overlooking the city. Downtown’s brick-paved pedestrian Pearl Street Mall—the heart and soul of Boulder—provides a central gathering place where locals and visitors alike come to stroll and shop among historic store fronts and art galleries, dine at award-winning restaurants and bars, tour craft breweries, sip coffee and soak up this creative community’s laid-back lifestyle.
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) is a center for research and culture. The campus is home to the Fiske Planetarium and the Museum of Natural History, with zoology and anthropology exhibits. And from June to August, CU is home to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, with live performances under the stars for an experience you’ll never forget. Add three national laboratories—the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—and it is obvious that Boulder has also been busy making some of the world's most important discoveries about Earth and beyond.
National Geographic recently recognized Boulder as "The Happiest City in the U.S." We invite you to join us and see why!