Colorado is a lovely place to call home. That city is special in its own way, but the popularity of natural beauty is the one thing they all have in common. Both near and far the Rocky Mountains can be seen and the green valleys are filled with wildflowers, rushing rivers and waterfalls. So which city to choose? Here are the 6 best places to live in Colorado.
Though only a 35-minute drive from Denver, Castle Rock holds its own as one of Colorado’s best places to live. This city has some amazing little town hospitality and this city definitely makes a beautiful place to live, combined with its castle-shaped butte overlooking the Colorado valley and the town below. Spend a day shopping and head to The Barn, a co-op of over a dozen antique and specialty shops. Get outdoors and climb the Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail for 1,5 miles. Try it out in spring when the wildflowers along the trail are plentiful. If 1.5 miles doesn’t do that for you, head to Ridgeline Open Space where more than 13 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails await you.
Castle Rock is the ideal place for families to call home. Besides the 400 acres of state parks, canyons, and natural beauty, locals are also taking advantage of the Miller Activity Complex. This two-story entertainment center, 64,443 square foot, includes everything from batting cages and an 18-hole golf simulator to an indoor pool and a fireplace lounge area. It’s a great place to go throughout the year to get a workout, let the kids run around or just hang out with other locals in Castle Rock.
The town’s crown jewel might be at Boulder’s University of Colorado, but there’s plenty more to come living here. Boulder was actually named by Outside Magazine as one of the best bike cities in North America. Eldorado Canyon State Park and Boulder Canyon are both situated in the backyard of this city and provide people with ample space to climb, walk, ride and simply enjoy the outdoors.
Pearl Street Mall bars and restaurants, shops and coffee roasters, beckon locals at their doors. UC Boulder-friendly bars and restaurants such as The Sink, which also happens to have some of the best grub in town, can be found along 13th Street, and Bohemian Biergarten, where the annual beer holding competition is held. If you’re looking for love, Boulder might be your best bet; it’s taken number one spot on our Best Cities for Singles list recently, beating all over the more than 300 U.S. subway areas.
It’s no surprise that this city in Colorado is another city for nature lovers, but it’s also one with reasonable rent. Colorado Springs offers affordable living, plentiful outdoor activities and a small town charm at just $920 for a one bedroom apartment.
The U.S. Air Force Academy calls this town home, and Old Colorado City, a national historic district close to downtown, boasts local coffee shops, live music bars and some country cooking, all with a view of the Rocky Mountains surrounding the town. Head to the Garden of the Gods for a truly spectacular walk through this amazing, natural rock formation and Pikes Peak for one of the city’s best hikes.
Claiming the top spot for beer drinkers in our list of best cities, Denver is a capital city that keeps both visitors and locals happy. For both breweries and per capita bars, it’s in the top five, so new breweries like Zuni Street Brewing Co. and Woods Boss Brewing Company may have their work cut out for them, but they’re up for the challenge.
If you’re thinking about moving to Denver, you’re in a good company; in 2016 this ranked among the country’s top 10 fastest growing cities. Young people are moving in droves there, so it’s no wonder we had a hard time for young professionals to choose their best neighborhoods. It is home to the Rockies (MLB), Avalanche (NHL), Broncos (NFL) and Nuggets (NBA) professional sports teams. It is also a Colorado mecca for the arts and culture. Denver has seven (seven!) arts districts, and each has its own art walk on First Friday. Plus, the beautiful, all-outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheater is only 15-miles west and hosts some of the best concerts in the world.
This historic town is as charming and quaint as they come. Old Town is a state and national historic district, with more than 25 buildings of historic significance. Plus, if you’ve ever been to Disneyland, you’re going to love downtown Fort Collins; afterwards, Disneyland’s Main Street USA was modeled! Beer-lovers will be delighted to explore the town’s 20 + craft breweries, including New Belgium and Anheuser-Busch. In fact, Fort Collins produces so much brew that it amounts to 70 percent of the craft beer in Colorado.
Fort Collins is also a college town, home to and great at Colorado State University. It has recently been rated # 3 on 50 Best College Towns by College Ranker. Maybe it’s Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, a 29-mile hiking, horseback riding, and biking trail links, front-range views, and free-flowing spring waterfalls. And, perhaps it’s the easy access to whitewater rafting down the Cache la Poudre and the downtown Fort Collins shopping area. Whatever it is, it is loved by locals and it is not hard to see why.
A short drive from Denver, Lakewood is a lovely outdoor escape from town. It is home to one of the best national parks you will ever meet. Imagine this: 2600-acres of open space with campgrounds, hiking and horseback riding trails, and a swimming and floating lake. Add the view of the surrounding mountains to that and you’ll have a taste for what Bear Creek Lake Park has to offer.
Completed in 2004, the Belmar Downtown Shopping District is where Lakewood residents flock for shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The development is birthplace to 80 shops, 20 restaurants and bars, and seasonal festivals of art, music and. The area is also filled with a number of well-manicured golf courses, and is a mere 20-minute drive from Coors Brewery’s home, Golden, Colorado. Check out the Red Rocks Amphitheater to catch a show; Lakewood is where the venue calls home.