With its building-height limit, the University of Colorado Boulder's home is dominated by Rock Mountain views and hundreds of miles of nature trails and bike paths leading into the mountains, offering a nature-filled escape for outdoor enthusiasts.  The hippie hangout of the 60s has been voted amount America's foodies town and its craft-beer culture was among one of the first.  For farm-to-table dining, try Black Cat Bistro which sources from its own farm.  Then take a tour of the huge Avery Brewing facility, or stop by Bitter Bar for cocktails on tap.  

Just over an hour away is Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University.  The relaxed city is surrounded with mountain views and parks and filled with music venues and live events. It is also the proud owner of the Colorado Brewers Festival.