Fort Collins, located north of Denver, is the fourth largest city in the Centennial State and for good reason. With great outdoor recreation options, a biking-obsessed community and a town full of microbreweries, more and more tourists have been visiting this cute Colorado city. Shop and eat in Old Town or attend a football game at Colorado State University. With so much to do and see, Fort Collins has much to offer travelers of all types.


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Fort Collins is named as such because this city was once a military fort called Camp Collins. Now however, Fort Collins is sometimes referred to as “FoCo” for short, “Fort Fun,” due to its numerous activities and attractions, or the “Choice City” as it has become popular among young families. No matter what name you choose to call Fort Collins, this city has grown from a military camp to a college town to a popular Colorado destination.

Located in Colorado’s foothills, commonly known as the Front Range, Fort Collins is a great place to explore the outdoors. Tube down the Cache la Poudre River, hike up Horsetooth Mountain or go boating in Horsetooth Reservoir. Fort Collin’s most popular mountain, Horsetooth, looks like a horse’s bottom teeth. Therefore the mountain has become an iconic landmark for the city.

Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University. Visitors will definitely find themselves in CSU Ram country here, however this city is more than just a college town. Fort Collins has a lot to offer. Within recent years, travelers have flocked to Fort Collins for one thing: beer. The city is a mecca for microbreweries. Large craft beer breweries, such as New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Co., call Fort Collins home. However you’ll find smaller breweries seemingly around every corner here too. To say the least, the craft beer scene here is huge and has become a big part of the tourism industry in the town.

Now you don’t have to love beer or hiking to have a great time in FoCo. Fort Collins’ Old Town, a historic district in the city, is a great place to eat, shop and explore. This cute downtown area was actually the inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street USA. Therefore there are plenty of photo ops among the old buildings and outdoor square. Littered with great restaurants and local boutiques and shops, time in Old Town should be on any Fort Collins visitor’s to-do list.

Since Fort Collins has an excellent bike scene with bike paths linking the city, it’s easy to ride a bike from the CSU campus to your favorite brewery to a topnotch restaurant in Old Town. With great shopping and restaurants, a beautiful university campus, plenty of outdoor recreation and an excellent craft beer scene, Fort Collins has definitely distinguished itself as a great place to both live and visit in the Centennial State.

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