The good news about Denver is that it's not only close to mountain activities, but it's also just a stone's throw from nearby communities with a spectrum of attractions. Boulder, 20 minutes northwest of downtown, is a favorite--famous for its laid-back vibe plus nearby hiking, biking and rock-climbing. A visit on the Pearl Street Mall offers diverse shopping, chow and offbeat people-watching. Nearby, Evergreen is a small mountain town located less than 30 miles west of Denver. Visitors enjoy spectacular views, easy hiking trails, legendary Little Bear Saloon for live music and Evergreen Lake--with ice skating in the winter and fireworks on the Fourth of July.