Colorado is magical. If you like sunshine, physical activity, nature, beer, adventure, history and exploration (and who doesn’t!), you will love living in this state. From the Mile-High City of Denver to more than 230 craft breweries to choose from to 4,200 meters of ski terrain – there is never a shortage of things to do or beauty to behold in Colorado. Without further adieu, below are eight reasons why you should consider moving to Colorado. Like...immediately.
1. The Downhill Skiing
If you’re a skier, Colorado is a powder-lovers dream. With 54 peaks and over 4,200 meters of ski terrain, you have many options to choose from for a ski weekend. Top-rated ski towns include Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and Telluride, just to name a few. Even if you don’t dare strap on a pair of skis, there are still plenty of great restaurants and bars to frequent in each ski town, not to mention many fireplaces to cozy up to.
2. The City Living
In Colorado you can be at one with nature one minute and experience big city living the next minute. The “big city” most folks associate Colorado with is Denver, the Mile-High City, however Boulder is a close second and was ranked the 5th best place to live on Livability’s 2016 list of 100 Best Places to Live.
3. The Delicious Craft Beer
More than 10 percent of the nation’s craft breweries can be found in Colorado, that equates to nearly 230 established breweries, not too shabby. These breweries consist of popular brands including New Belgium Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing and Breckenridge Brewery, to name a few. Interested in trying a few? Check out the famous “Great American Beer Festival,” which features 400 craft brewers and 1,800 different brews.
4. The Wildlife
When you move to Colorado the opportunity to spot a moose, elk or bald eagle in your lifetime significantly increases. The wildlife watching opportunities in Colorado are plentiful, with many wildlife viewing and refuges to choose from across the state.
5. The Weather
When you think of Colorado, you might think freezing temperatures, piles of snow and ski jackets, but there’s also a lot of Vitamin D to soak up! Take Denver for example, the city averages more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and during the winter months’ temperature highs can reach up to 75 degrees.
6. The Adventures
If you’re an adventure seeker, you should move to Colorado immediately. Besides the endless opportunities for hitting the slopes, you can also raise your blood pressure by participating in white water rafting, cross-country mountain biking, hiking and hot air ballooning.
7. The Health & Wellness
The seemingly never ending opportunities to bike, ski, run and walk, not to mention the ongoing sunshine, make Colorado a perfect place to live if you’re looking to lose a few pounds or live a healthier life all together. This state has the lowest adult obesity rate of all 50 states.
8. The Mary Jane
It’s no secret that Colorado is officially the first state in the nation to open recreational marijuana stores to the public. In fact, people have been flocking to the state since legalizing the drug in 2014 and the real estate market is growing quickly.