Lafayette, Colo., is about a half-hour drive east of Boulder. This Boulder County city features breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, a thriving arts scene and numerous parks and trails bound to appeal to people in the market for local homes for rent.
Lafayette is home to 20 miles of trails and 19 parks, including the Great Bark Dog Park and the 147-acre Waneka Lake Park, which features sports fields, canoeing, cross-country skiing, paddle boats, a playground, a wildlife viewing platform and more. Avid golfers will want to check out Indian Peaks Golf Course, which consistently ranks as one of the top public golf facilities in the state, while history buffs can head to the Lafayette Miners Museum for a glimpse into the city's history. The city also hosts a number of events each year, from the Oatmeal Festival in January to the Great Pumpkin Race and Turkey Shoot in the fall. The third Fridays in May through September are dedicated to Art Night Out, a community arts event in the Old Town section of the city that includes live music, art exhibitions, children's activities and more.