City Living: A Week as a Local in Boulder, CO

For many, the thought of Colorado conjures up images of stunning scenery and memorable vacations. However, for over 5 million people, Colorado is simply where they call home.

In Boulder, located 30 miles outside of Denver, there are over 100,000 residents alone – and you can join them! When you sign a lease for a one- or two-bedroom apartment at The Boulders or any of our other Greystar communities in the area, every week can feel like a getaway.

With unlimited opportunities for exploration, it’s easy to fill every week with new experiences. Here’s just one way to live like a local for a week in Boulder, CO:


Weekends are the perfect time to hit the trails. Enjoy a solo excursion, or make memories with the kids or your four-legged child at one of the area’s many outdoor destinations. With the Rockies just miles to the east, there is no shortage of adventure around every corner.

A popular place for locals and out-of-towners, the Flatirons feature multiple trails and unmatched views. Just a little more to the south, you can explore El Dorado Canyon State Park, boasting cascades, cliff-top views and more! In the wintertime, outdoor enthusiasts can hit nearby trails by fat bike or snowshoe.


Get ready for some Sunday Night Football! Take a short drive into Denver and cheer on the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as they take on premier NFL teams from across the country.

A little closer to home, you can support the Colorado Buffaloes at the University of Colorado Boulder, a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The school features varsity football, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, skiing and indoor and outdoor track and field, as well as women’s lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball.


Why not start the day with a little fly fishing before work? That’s what one local likes to do according to a special CBS Sunday Morning segment about America’s happiest cities.

A Gallup research poll, measuring the overall well-being of over 188 metropolitan areas, ranked Boulder as number one based on everything from emotional to physical health. Is there something Boulder residents aren’t telling us?

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Treat yourself to a stroll down Pearl Street, home to an eclectic array of shopping, dining and entertainment. While you probably won’t be able to spend the entire day in downtown (you don’t want to lose your day job), you can find something to do morning, noon and night along the historic street.


Calling all foodies! From a top-rated farmers market to unforgettable dining establishments, you can find fresh and mouthwatering fare for every night in Boulder. Dine in style at one of the city’s most popular restaurants, including Brasserie Ten Ten, Frasca, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Riffs Urban Fare and The Mediterranean.

Headquartered in Boulder, Celestial Seasonings is somewhat of a mecca for tea drinkers. Take a tour of the facilities, eat at the café or pick up some tea to enjoy back at home.


Home to amazing galleries and museums, Boulder is not only a mountain village but also a hub of Colorado art and culture. In the summer months, get tickets to see shows at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which takes place on the beautiful campus of University of Colorado Boulder in the school’s renovated University Theatre and at the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre.


It’s finally Friday and time to let loose! Kick back to enjoy an authentic Irish pub experience at Conor O’Neill’s, or anticipate an amazing show at the Fox Theatre, a popular live music venue. The city is also buzzing with breweries to satisfy your taste for craft beer. Make sure to check out Avery Brewing and Walnut Brewery.

Reach out to a Greystar representative today, and start the journey to find your new home in one of America’s happiest cities!