Coloradoans have our own robust definition of fun. Inspired by the mountains and plenty of sunshine throughout the year, residents enjoy an exceptional outdoor lifestyle and recreation. (Photo: Arthur Poulin/Unsplash).

 

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

BOULDER– Colorado ranked a respectable fifth in WalletHub’s analysis on states with the most fun, but locals would say endless recreational opportunities make Colorado tops year-round.

Coloradoans have our own robust definition of fun. Inspired by the mountains and plenty of sunshine throughout the year, residents enjoy an exceptional outdoor lifestyle and recreation.

All of that outdoor adventure makes us hungry for top-notch food and craft beer enjoyed on rooftop patios to keep the outdoor vibe going.

“There are certain states where fun is not just an option, but also a way of life,” writes WalletHub in their report on the top states for fun. And that is the case in Colorado.

Take for example the many gorgeous hikes close to our major metro areas. During these mid-summer months, colorful wildflowers dot vistas that never end. Some favorite Boulder County wildflower hikes include Devils Thumb Lake, Gregory Canyon, and Mount Sanitas. And don’t forget, Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of the state.

Of course, Colorado fun is punctuated by access to great skiing. Colorado took the No. 2 ranking for skiing facilities per capita, following top-rated Vermont, according to WalletHub.

The report’s top states for skiing in the U.S. are:
• Vermont
• Colorado
• Montana
• Idaho
• Maine

Colorado residents not only love our recreation, we support it with spending. Colorado ranked No. 4 in both Highest Personal Expenditures and Highest State and Local Expenditures on Recreation Per Capita.

Here’s a look at WalletHub’s top 10 fun states in the U.S. (See chart above).

To come up with its ranking, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key indicators “of a jolly good time that won’t break the bank,” ranging from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to restaurants, casinos, performing arts theaters, and fitness centers per capita. The states were compared across two key categories, “Entertainment & Recreation” and “Nightlife.”

See the full story at wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-states/34665/

Find more wildflower hikes atalltrails.com/us/colorado/boulder/wild-flowers.

By Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder. Tom is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail tomkalinski33@gmail.com, call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.