SENIORS DRIVE THROUGH BOULDER, COLORADO



Seniors Enjoy Another Colorado City

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 This senior still remembers driving from Iowa to Boulder for summer school at the U of Colorado. I saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time,  then I drove a couple of hours to be at the base. They were huge and awesome. In my new “Powder Blue” 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix I drove into Boulder.

I was enrolled for two graduate French courses and had a great experience at the U of C campus. Today students make up nearly a quarter of the city’s population. Historically, Boulder was settled by hopeful miners in 1858 and named for the huge rocks in the area.Alcohol Homepage

Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet. The city is 30 miles northwest of Denver in Boulder Valley where the Rockies meet the Great Plains.

West of the city are slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills, known as the Flatirons, widely recognized symbol of Boulder.

I remember that some guy got stranded up on those rocks and the fire department had to rescue him. Arapahoe Glacier provides water for the city, along with Boulder Creek, which flows through the center of the city. I recall that the University campus was well watered with water coming down out of the mountains running in a series of narrow cement canals.

Seniors Enjoy A University Town

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Seniors can enjoy Boulder on Segways, bikes and even hot air balloons. The #1 attraction, the Flatirons is a National Historic Landmark.

Because Boulder is a university town, it offers rich cultural experiences such as the annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Colorado Music Festival and has a reputation for hosting world-famous performers and guest speakers at events throughout the year.

Situated in the heart of an energetic city is beautiful, historic Downtown. Surrounded by the stunning Flatiron Mountains and with the crystal clear Boulder Creek steps away, the area is filled with great shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Seniors Enjoy A Top Rated Town

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Recently rated the #1 Sports Town in America by Outside Magazine, Boulder has plenty of outdoor activities that may challenge your adventurous nature.

Forbes Magazine listed Boulder as the “Most Educated City in America,” and the town regularly makes top 10 lists for “healthy places to retire” and “greener” cities.

Whether its  biking, skiing, dining, hiking or climbing up peaks, Boulder invites you to enjoy not only the scenery, but the great mountain air. Frommer’s notes that Boulder is home to numerous high-tech companies and research concerns.  It also attracts outdoor sports enthusiasts with its delightful climate, vast open spaces, and proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Senior visitors will find several quality restaurants as great eats is part of the local tradition. Seniors, you can see for yourself what a great stop Boulder would be. -jeb

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