I had the opportunity to take some time to visit Boulder, CO a few weeks ago and to keep theme with my “10 Lessons I Learned While Visiting NYC” post, I’ve put together a new list for your reading enjoyment.
- Get a bicycle. No seriously, everyone has one. I can’t find another city that bikes as much, or as enthusiastically, as the people of Boulder do. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry, there are bike rental stations every other block!
- Route 36 into Boulder at 8:00am or out of Boulder at 5:00pm is terrible*. Seriously, one of the most congested messes I’ve ever seen and I live in the Orlando, FL area – Interstate 4 is one of the most congested and dangerous roads in the country.
- The people are kind, thoughtful, polite, and very well rounded. I’ve never met so many nice people in one area!
- Technology rules. I couldn’t help but notice the enthusiasm for new technology and an immense energy for startups and entrepreneurs. Everyone has a laptop open and new ideas are everywhere, not to mention the money to fund them (ie. Techstars, Foundry).
- Coffee or tea, take your pick. I met with a number of amazing people and with every meeting I was introduced to a new coffeeshop. The two that stick out, and seem to be favorites of the community, are Ozo and Atlas Purveyors.
- The city is heath and environment conscience without being pretentious – I love this.
- You’ll pay to park downtown almost always, but the good news is that it’s dirt cheap. I recommend the underground garage on Walnut – right up the street from the Pearl Street Mall.
- Best store on Pearl Street? In my opinion, Peppercorn. A lot of everything and more of it. Right around the corner and equally as awesome is Into The Wind, a store full of awesome.
- Go outside. There’s so much to do – rock climbing, hiking, biking, camping, take your pick!
- If you visit, stay on or near Arapahoe Ave just past Foothills Parkway. It’s super convenient to downtown and if you must take Route 36 to go anywhere I recommend getting there from Foothills Parkway, traffic usually flows quickly. Usually.
- BONUS: Weather. Is. Awesome.
*The good news is there is perfectly accessible and reasonable public transportation.
I sincerely enjoyed Boulder, I couldn’t imagine a better place to be. If you’re a young entrepreneur who’s hungry for tech – pack your bags and get there now. If that’s you, also be sure to check out Brad McCarty’s write-up from last year here.