The town of Longmont is only 16 miles outside Boulder, yet it has its unique character. With a vivacious and notable downtown, a lot of open space, bicycle ways, and a fair amount of new housing developments, Longmont is a dynamic and cheerful town. If you are looking for quality dining options and a relaxing shopping experience, Downtown is the place to be. Tourists can gain knowledge about the historical backdrop of Longmont at the Dougherty Museum and at a few Victorian homes and old lodges and plants. Besides the traditional heritage, the town boasts more than 1,500 acres of parks and open space, numerous treks and biking trails. The closely located Union Reservoir is renowned for windsurfing, angling, and camping.