Home to the University of Colorado, Boulder is a fun and diverse mix of college students and permanent citizens alike. For those wanting to be close to the mountains, Boulder makes a great jumping off point – follow 36 to Estes Park, or stay closer to home and check out Chautauqua Park and its excellent trail system.
The third-largest city in Colorado, Aurora encompasses two counties and many diverse neighborhoods. Nestled within is the Buckley Air Force Base, so it’s quite normal to see jets flying over C-470! With more than 6,000 acres of open space, Aurora is great for spending time outdoors – or enjoy the indoors at the Aurora Fox Theatre or Stanley Marketplace!
If trails are paramount, look no further than Westminster. The Big Dry Creek trail winds more than 12 miles and ends at Standley Lake Regional Park, which gives you incredible views of the foothills. In development is “Downtown Westminster”, an outdoor mall and residence site planned to open in 2020. Twenty minutes to Boulder and twenty to downtown, Westminster is in the middle of it all.
Home to the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, the arts scene here is thriving. If you like live music and theater, this is the place for you. Also here is Olde Town Arvada, a seven mile stretch of downtown with shops and restaurants with prime walkability. Also good news, the newest light rail route opened up going through Arvada, making commuting a breeze.
If you work for the government, Lakewood might be your best bed. The Denver Federal Center, located here, employs over 8,000 people. Outside of the Fed Center, the most famous piece of Lakewood might be Casa Bonita, the infamous Mexican restaurant lampooned by South Park, where you can still explore caves, eat sopapillas, and watch cliff divers as you dine!
If you love animals, you might want to think abut Wheat Ridge. A recent zoning change has allowed agriculture to surge here, and you can now keep chickens and bees on your property! Not your thing? Take in a piece of history at the James H Baugh house, a log cabin encased in a 1904 farmhouse.
If you work in health care, you might want to check out Sky Ridge Medical Facility & ER in Lone Tree. The relatively new hospital has a plethora of specialties inside and employs hundreds. Looking to shop? Park Meadows mall is a giant shopping space with Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Crate & Barrel.
Music buffs, this town is for you. Morrison is home to Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of the premier outdoor venues in the country. Take in the gorgeous red rocks while you listen to major headlining artists. If you’d rather dive into history, Morrison is a major dinosaur discovery area, and downtown has some great historical architecture.
Looking for a piece of the Old West? You’ll find it in Golden. The downtown is a throwback to old mining towns, and you’ll see plenty of history. If you prefer your history brewed, take a tour at the Coors Brewery. Have a budding engineer in the family? The Colorado School of Mines lives in Golden and is known for being exceptional.
Erie is located North of Denver along I-25. It’s closer to Boulder than to Denver, so it’s optimal for those that work in Boulder. The Arts Coalition of Erie, a nonprofit group of about 70 artists, is popular and active in the community, and throws art shows every few months, making this a great place to stretch those creative wings!
A small Northern suburb, Dacono is less than 3 square miles – but construction is booming. Home to the Colorado National Speedway, people come from all over to check out the races. Easily accessible to Denver via I-25, if you don’t mind a longer commute for better prices and a small town feel, Dacono is a place to check out!
Parker is a large suburb with lots of family friendly amenities. With over 27 miles of paved trails, a thriving arts and culture center, and plenty of new construction of single family homes, it’s easy to see why plenty are calling this city home. Located Southeast of Denver, Parker keeps a small downtown that’s easily walkable and plenty of community events all year.