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Why Boulder, Colorado is voted Happiest City in the US with Dan Mackin

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You'll find bikes everywhere, including the popular Pearl Street

It was great to interview Dan Mackin of The Millennial Real Estate Investor Podcast about Boulder, Colorado. Dan grew up in the area and loves the outdoor culture. Although you may think of snow when Colorado is mentioned, there are over 300 days of sunshine in Boulder. With so many sunny days, the locals love to play in the parks and hike the trains. In this episode, Dan will share the best things to do in Boulder, Colorado, so you can make the most of your vacation.

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The Hotel Boulderado.

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder has been voted the happiest city in America by National Geographic. But what makes the locals so happy? Between the sunny days and laid back lifestyle, there’s a lot to like. Abundant hiking and outdoor activities are always within reach and the downtown area is extremely walkable. There’s something for every budget thanks to the mix of affluent residents and college students that live in Boulder.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Plenty of fun activities in Central Park

Best things to do in Boulder

Best places to eat in Boulder

  • The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse (reviews) – It’s right on the creek and is a great place to take a break and have a good drink.
  • Foolish Craig’s Cafe (reviews) – Any Crepe here is good
  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (reviews) – Mountain Sun/Southern Sun – Great local brewery and restaurant. No specific item here since it’s all good, but they do have “Stout Month” in February where they serve over 30 stout beers rotating throughout the month.
  • Village Coffee Shop (reviews) – This is the local’s breakfast spot. It’s a diner that is 800 sq ft with big portions, tight quarters and a thing they call the “Village Virgin”. French toast is awesome.

Best places to stay in Boulder

Getting around Boulder

Although Boulder has a municipal airport, no commercial flights travel there. To fly commercially, the best airport is Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver’s airport is about 45 miles from Downtown Boulder. The cheapest option is the SkyRide bus (schedule), which is only $10.50 each way. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Dan says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around, but most people walk or ride bikes everywhere they go.

If you need to rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

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Make sure you stop for a cup of joe at Village Coffee Shop

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Dan Mackin about Boulder, Colorado. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Boulder, Colorado
  • Green dots = best things to do in Boulder, Colorado
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Boulder, Colorado

Who is Dan Mackin?

Dan Mackin is a real estate expert that helps people create long-term income through real estate investing. His style and delivery are focused on the Millennial generation, but the knowledge from his episodes is worthwhile no matter how old you are. Whether you are looking to make some side income to supplement your 9-to-5 job or are ready to jump into real estate investing full time, you should subscribe to the Millennial Real Estate Investor Podcast.

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Here are a few of my favorite episodes of his podcast:

As you can tell, Dan and his guests are very knowledgable about real estate investing. I’ve used the BRRRR strategy for several of my rental properties, and I absolutely love the strategy behind it. Dan’s podcast covers all of the various types of real estate investing, so I’m sure there’s an episode that will interest you if you want to learn more about it.

You can connect with Dan Mackin at his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Dan’s tips for Boulder.

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  1. John F

    Podcast is from 2017 based on statistics from 2014-2015. In my travels much is now different.

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      I grabbed the stats from the Boulder CVB website. Not sure why you would say the podcast is from 2017? The episode was recorded recently and the podcast started in September 2018.

      What would you say is the biggest issue with Boulder today? Would you recommend people visit there or not? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do?