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Outside of Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins are the second and third most prominent cities in the region. Between these two energetic, outdoorsy university towns you’ll find the sprawling cities of Loveland and Longmont and a few former coal-mining towns with homey, small-town character (like Louisville, Lafayette, and Erie). To the west are the proud, independent mountain hamlets of Lyons, Nederland, Ward, and Jamestown.

Boulder. Even though every conceivable trend in food and dining, alternative health care, education, and personal style has come through town, Boulder still feels untamed. It’s also a lively college town—home to the scenic University of Colorado at Boulder campus.

Side Trips from Boulder. Nederland, Longmont, and Lyons are easy to explore from Boulder—all can be reached in less than a half hour. Each is known for its natural beauty, historic character, and funky atmosphere.

Fort Collins. Famous for Colorado State University, as well as its open spaces and beer, Fort Collins has a rich history and vibrant cultural scene.

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