Best College Towns


By Dan Allen

You know Austin and Boston, but here are some less obvious outposts of college-city cool.

Boulder, Colorado>College: University of Colorado, Boulder

Native species: The cultured outdoorsman

Set in the rugged foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder has long been a haven for the hippie-hiking set, and a recent cultural boom has pulled in hipsters, too. The city?s been showered with praise: America?s brainiest, says Portfolio; the "Top U.S. Town to Live Well," says Forbes; America?s foodiest (thanks to farm-to-table faves like the Kitchen), according to Bon App?tit. Bent Lens Cinema screens LGBT films throughout the year, and the pop-up club Proposition Gay responds to the dearth of local gay bars by taking over an unsuspecting straight one every month.

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