Boulder is a city known for many things – its uniqueness, its high cost of living, and its college life. It’s also known for its beauty – there’s a reason so many people want to live here. For photographers – from the professional to the hobbyist – this is ideal: the town is full of pictures that paint a thousand words (and some that leave you speechless).
There are many places that click with the camera, including the following:
The University of Colorado at Boulder was voted 49 on Best College Review’s most beautiful campuses in the nation. This accolade is for good reason, From the sandstone and limestone to the red roofs, the architecture neglects the typical gothic-look in favor of something more contemporary. Being nestled inside the foothills doesn’t hurt, either. Some of the photo hotspots on campus include Varsity Pond and Old Main.
The Flatirons are impossible to miss on the drive into Boulder – their picturesque appearance is breathtaking and surreal: they look more like a painting than slabs of rock. Snapping a picture from anywhere near Boulder might suffice, but hiking or mountain climbing inside these formations offers beauty in spades. There’s always a chance you’ll spot a mountain lion, too. Hopefully, from afar.
Pearl Street Mall
The Pearl Street Mall is a favorite among locals and tourists. A walking mall where you can shop, eat, and people watch, it offers sight-seeing in the middle of town. The people make it a particularly unique place for photos. The stretch never disappoints, with colorful characters present at all hours, all year long.
If you’d like to see the city from a bird’s eye view, Flagstaff Mountain provides this opportunity. It offers a few different hiking trails for nature photographers who prefer to get up close and personal with their subject matter. However, it’s the night that makes Flagstaff a star…literally. Drive up after sundown for a panoramic shot.
Boulder Creek runs through the heart of Boulder, teetering between a trickle and a raging river (depending on rainfall). Not every spot along the creek is photo-worthy, but some of the more desolate areas are truly magnificent. The creek is outlined in cottonwood trees and over five miles long. It’s easily accessible by foot or bike.
The Mork & Mindy House
The Mork & Mindy house isn’t known to everyone. The sitcom aired in the 1970s, and while no longer in syndication, maintains a limited fanbase. If you’re fond of the show or know someone who is, snapping a pic of the house is a nice touch. In other words, your mom or dad will appreciate the gesture.
In many ways, Boulder is picture perfect. It features many spectacular places that are photoshoots just waiting to happen. Where’s your favorite spot to capture a photo? Tell us in the comments below!