Fort Collins Travel Guide

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Fort Collins Highlights

  • Pro
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     college town with a great cultural life, great bars and clubs, tiny downtown area 

  • Con
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     25,000 college students, some cool...some out of control 

  • In a nutshell
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     A better place to live in than travel to 

Fort Collins Things to Do

  • MORE PHOTOS OF CSU

    HERE YOU WILL SEE "MOBY ARENA", THE CSU BASKETBALL gym where a Hollywood movie called "One on One", starring Robbie Benson, was once filmed. In the foreground of the Moby Gym photo is the McGraw Building, which is the Athletic Department. It is named for the late Fum McGraw, a CSU All-American who went on to play for the Detroit Lions, and later...

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  • THE CSU FLORAL GARDENS

    IN THE SUMMERTIME, LOOK FOR THE FLORAL GARDENS on the east side of South College Avenue, just in front of the old Fort Collins High School building, and across the street from CSU.Here the Horticulture Department of Colorado State University conducts trials on new flower hybrids, and you get to enjoy the results!

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  • See the Avery House

    This great old home is named for its owner, who is responsible for assuring that Ft. Collins would have extremely wide streets, even today. His rationale was to have streets so wide that a large horse-and-wagon team could easily make a u-turn without causing problems. because of this, College Avenue today has diagonal parking on both sides, plus...

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  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

    There are tons of micro-breweries in Colorado, including a number in Ft. Collins. And of course, folks are aware Coors is from Colorado. But Ft. Collins is also home to an AB brewery. They do offer tours (usually between 10:00-4:00). The tour begins with a trip to the stables to check out the clydsedales, then it's about an hour long tour through...

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  • Hiking: Horsetooth Falls Trail

    The trail to Horsetooth Falls is within the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, a regional park near Ft. Collins. From the trailhead, head up the right fork and keep heading northeast. It is rocky at points, narrow, as you climb into the canyon. Watch for a spur of the trail, which leads off to the falls. Return on the spur, and continue to the...

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  • Fort Collins Museum of Art

    This small installation, found in an old bank building downtown, houses the Fort Collins Museum of Art. As the town is a little small to support a permanent collection of art, instead the museum is dedicated to one or two temporary exhibits at a time. They are usually interesting exhibits (when I went I saw the glasswork of William Morris, who...

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Fort Collins Restaurants

  • Classic steaks

    Nice decor, good selection of food and drink. The Charco-broiler has been around for a very long time, and there's a reason it has lasted. Their menu shows: ............................................................Chef salad ............................Pepper Steak .............................................Trout Almondine...

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  • All-American food

    I know Five Guys is a fairly common chain, but most of us had never eaten at one before. It had a very all-American feel to it, and the food was good, although maybe a little pricey for what you're getting. They have free peanuts that you can scoop up while you're standing in line, good burgers, and very good fries in either the regular or Cajun...

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  • Ranked #1

    We met with the Colorado State University IEEE student group so we could share student-to-student information and tour their facilities. They ordered this pizza for us, and it was very good, and very cheap. We tried all of the basic toppings--cheese, pepperoni, sausage, etc. It's also ranked number one by CSU and has a 5-star rating from Feasting...

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Fort Collins Nightlife

  • Funky Washington's

    Washington's has been around Fort Collins since the late 70s, and is still an eclectic place to eat or enjoy an evening on the town. The whole place is filled with various pieces tacked to the wall, and there are many nooks filled with tables and booths, giving it an intimate feel. Near the bar there are multiple large screen TVs to watch major...

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  • Start the Night Here

    The New Belgium Brewery's Liquid Center is a happenin' spot. It is not open very late (Tuesday-Saturday till 6pm), but it serves as an opening spot. The drinking is free, small tasting pours. Go for the atmosphere; it is a lively place, with lots of people of all ages. Not a place to get drunk for sure, it is a place for families and for enjoying...

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  • Techno Lives in Old Town

    Big City nightclub music is as close as Old Town. No need to travel to Denver, this place has techno DJ's every Friday, and DJ Matthew Kays the first Friday of every month. Wear what you want

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Fort Collins Transportation

  • the need for a designate driver

    Fort Collins is in the north central part of Colorado, 60 miles or an hour north of Denver. We were driving from Cheyenne in Wyoming which was about 45 miles or an hour drive. We only did the tour and then drove to Rocky Mountain National Park which was about was a similar 45 miles and one hour drive.If stopping by New Belgium Brewing for one of...

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  • Alternative to Shamrock Shuttle

    Tired of conforming to Shamrock’s time schedule? Do you enjoy riding in your own car and listening to your own music? Do you want to save time and money getting to DIA? Without bothering your friends or family, you can drive in the comfort of your own car to the airport without paying outrageous parking fees.This is a great alternative to cramped...

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  • Get a car or a bike

    Another comparison: After being in Switzerland, the lack of public transportation in Colorado is astounding.Yes, there is a bus or two... they'll get you from old town to the megastores on South College and back. Honestly, I don't think they go anywhere else. Nothing to Denver. They've been talking about putting in a light rail system for about 20...

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Fort Collins Shopping

  • Great nightlife, restaurants, and unique...

    The Old Town is the original downtown area of Fort Collins. It's a really interesting area to walk around, because there's some really nice architecture on the late 1800s buildings there, some quirky modern sculptures, tons of restaurants and bars, lots of artisan, foreign import, and fair trade shops, and, even on a Tuesday, when we were there, a...

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  • Promenade of Shops

    The downtown area of Fort Collins has a terrific collection of places to explore. In addition to the restaurants, of which you can find many, there is also a wide variety of shopping options. Many locally-owned stores, covering things from toys to bikes to used clothing. Mostly small places, the bigger stores are further out on the fringe of town....

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  • Magical and Fun

    With a lot of toys these days seemingly dumbing down kids, it is always refreshing to see a toy store that has innovative, engaging things for kids. Science toy Magic is one of these. In a store about the size of a walk-in closet, in the downtown area, Matt Hannifin shows you science magic. These toys use science principles, such as electricity and...

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Fort Collins Warnings and Dangers

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    by thesweetooth Written Feb 17, 2004

    Be prepared for the semi-arid climate. It means the weather can change overnight, or literally in a few minutes. It's rare but it's been known to snow in June or August and occasionally been 70F (22C) in January or February. In the summer, if a thunderstorm moves in it can drop 20F or more in 10 minutes.

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Fort Collins Tourist Traps

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    by linnielou327 Written Nov 4, 2007

    I have to agree with what has been said about the mall from Sagespot. The mall has gone down in quality over the past few years, many of the stores are closing due to poor management. I don't think there is really anything there that is unique enough to warrant a trip. Shopping in Old Town is a lot more fun; however if you want to shop at more commercial and chain stores you can drive South on College or head to Loveland and go to Centerra.

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Fort Collins What to Pack

  • Be Prepared

    The key to dressing in Colorado regardless of the time of year is to LAYER. The weather can change in an instant, the motto is "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes it will change!" If you are visiting in the Summer, be sure to have bug spray or more specifically mosquito spray, trust me West Nile is not FUN! Bring a good camera!...

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  • Packing List

    I recommend a good pair of hiking boots and a comfortable pair of sneakers. A rain poncho will be handy since BRIEF afternoon showers are likely. Bring lots of film! Colorado is a beautiful place you'll want to capture.

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Fort Collins Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit Horsetooth Reservoir

    Its not far off the beaten path, in fact you can see some of the dams which hold back the waters of the reservoir, from Fort Collins. The roads along the sides of Horsetooth are paved. The reservoir is not a small one; its about seven miles long, although fairly narrow.

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  • The Denver Zoo

    A daytrip down to Denver would is a perfect opportunity to visit the Denver Zoo. This zoo has been around for nearly a hundred years, yet is constantly being updated. Bear Mountain was crafted in 1918, and was the first zoo enclosure in the US to try and approximate natural settings. And now they're working on a new 10-acre area for the Asian...

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  • Rocky Mountain Road Trip

    Less than 90 minutes from Fort Collins lies Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the jewels of the park system in this country. The park is stacked, with over 300 miles of hiking, plenty of peaks over 14,000 feet, and enough natural splendor to fill you for a lifetime. Well at least a week.In the winter, many of the trails are closed, and plenty...

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Fort Collins Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting on the Poudre River

    Rafting is a popular activity for people who don't mind bumping around a lot and getting wet in the process! It's a good way to built group cohesion. And remember, there is no "I" in TEAM!There are several outfitters in Fort Collins who organize Rafting excursions up the Poudre River canyon.

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  • Tubing on the Poudre River

    Follow SR 14 up the Poudre River canyon to find excellent places to launch your innertube. It's only about 20 miles north and west of the center of Fort Collins. Anset Watrous State Park, and the Roosevelt National Forest abut the Poudre as it cascades down the Rockies.

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  • good intentions

    Our tour time came up more quickly then I expected and soon we were being whisked off to the kettles and I lamented leaving our fun bartenders behind but my fears were soon allayed when our tour guide turned out to be equally entertaining. He kept us moving and his banter never became tiresome. I've done many brewery tours and this one is top...

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  • the world could use more of these people

    And what tasters they were: four good sized beers served in goblets, probably around 6 ounces each and many beers to choose from. My wife, who evidently had majored in negotiations failed to push me to drive the rest of the trip to the national park and said I could have most of her samples. With twelve of their beers on tap I was thankful for...

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  • Who came the furthest? We did!

    Fort Collins was not on the game plan originally. Sure, I had spent time there during my first trip to Colorado in 1994 as it was a hotbed for Frisbee players and home to a few pioneering craft breweries but I no longer played and was really trying to be selective about what breweries to visit on this return trip in 2008. That was until I met a...

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Center for Fine Art Photography
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VISIT "OLD TOWN" FORT COLLINS
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High-Quality, Flavorful Sandwiches
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High Quality Ice Cream Treats
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Fort Collins Museum/Science Discovery Center
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Really good Indian food
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Mishawaka Amphitheater
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VISIT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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Nice sandwiches, soups, & salads
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Quirky Place to Eat-Vegan & Sandwiches
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This is my Island in the Sun
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Great Summer Dinning
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A nice sports bar
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A NICE EXPRESSO CAFE
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AN OUTSTANDING MICROBREWERY
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Campus hang-out Pizzeria
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Campustown coffee shop that's a local place
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Industrial Sciences Bldg. at CSU (1883)
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Colorado State University campus
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Guggenheim Hall at CSU (1910)
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Danforth Chapel at CSU (1955)
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Pleasant British-style tavern
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Really good Chinese food
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YOU WANT A MAGAZINE? WE GOT 'EM!
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A Fort Collins Low Point
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Local Grill
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GOING DOWNHILL
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