Want city life, small-town vibes, and mountain proximity? Arvada is just minutes from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and a light-rail ride away from downtown Denver. But its own city-like perks keep residents happy right at home, especially with a darling downtown replete with shops, galleries, restaurants, breweries, and bars in the historic Olde Town area. Take a walk and enjoy the great mountain views at Standley Lake, or ride your bike along the Little Dry Creek or Ralston Creek Trail through downtown to the Van Bibber Open Space. Locals love the access to trails and open space that Arvada provides and easy access to mountains and ski areas for wintertime.
Arvada Tavern | A world-class cocktail program is a big draw, while the sophisticated dinner menu woos, from the bone-marrow French onion soup to the Tavern Mac and Cheese.
Yak and Yeti | One of metro Denver’s best Indian restaurants also has its own brewing operation on site.
Lady Nomada | An aesthetically pleasing interior joins fresh, mouthwatering Mexican cuisine for a winning combination.
So Radish | A diner-style eatery with a vegan twist, this 80s-themed spot is irresistible for a fun night out.
Little Dry Creek | Despite the name, this pretty creek feeds many wetland areas along a six-mile trail.
Ralston Creek Trail | Arvada’s longest trail travels beside Ralston Creek, often beneath towering cottonwood trees.
Van Bibber Creek Trail | A peaceful and gentle path follows Van Bibber creek close to residential neighborhoods.
Arvada Center | One of the region’s top arts centers, the center produces and presents world-class theater, dance, gallery showings, classes, and more. The sculpture garden out front is a must-see.
Art Drop Arvada | During these unique events, local art is hidden in public places for participants to discover (and keep for free!), scavenger-hunt style.
Arvada on Tap | A craft beer and barbecue festival and competition held each June.
Independence Day Fireworks | A tradition since 1979, this is a spectacular display not to be missed each July 4.
Arvada Days | An August favorite with games, entertainment, vendors, and activities in Clear Creek Valley Park.
“In Olde Town, a variety of modern eats, drinks, and specialty shops abut historical treasures, such as the Arvada Flour Mill, which was built in 1925. The area is home to events throughout the year, a farmers market…. on warm summer days, a splash pad in the square fills with laughing kids, escaping the heat. —Apartment Therapy
138,310 people live in Arvada, where the median age is 41.4 and the average individual income is $44,521.57. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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