America's Favorite Mountain Towns
Shane Rich, Courtesy of Downtown Boulder, Inc.
No. 6 Boulder, CO
In the town voted No. 3 for quirkiness, the most appropriate introduction may be from the comfort of a La-Z-Boy recliner onboard Banjo Billy’s tour bus, which has been retrofitted to look like a hillbilly shack. Welcome to Boulder, where dogs have “guardians” (not owners) and Halloween means it’s time for the annual Naked Pumpkin Run. And while Boulder has plenty to appeal to vegans, it was also voted No. 2 for burgers. So after catching street performers on the downtown Pearl Street Mall, head to The Sink (which is 100-percent wind-powered) for its grass-fed Texas Onion Straw burger—or sample a ham-and-fried-egg burger at the Dark Horse, another local institution.