"Gateway to the Front Range and Rockies" Top 5 Page for this destination Fort Collins by HasTowelWillTravel

Fort Collins Travel Guide: 160 reviews and 285 photos

Big Town Feel in a Small Town

My parents moved again in 2009, this time setting up shop in Fort Collins, CO. Thus, when winter came and released me from graduate school for a brief respite, I hopped on a jet plane to go explore this state. Fort Collins was a delightful surprise. A good-sized town, it had many amenities usually ascribed to larger cities (multiple local restaurants, good groceries, movie theaters, things to do), but still retained the feeling of a small town.

It proved to be a good launch pad for exploring the Front Range of the Rockies, which are less than an hour drive's away. I spent quite a bit of time there, and have mined the town for some cool places to eat, shop, and get active (even in winter!).

Year Round enjoyment

The small city of Fort Collins is bustling in the summertime, when warm sun and blue skies tempt people outdoors to enjoy the city's many restaurants, shops, movies, and outdoor activities. It is a revelation, how vibrant that small town can be.

you can see my full set of pictures from Colorado on my flickr page

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Restaurants, light traffic, good basecamp for Rocky Mountain Fun
  • Cons:Dry climate, flat, sometimes a bit small
  • In a nutshell:Up for mountain adventure? Start here.
  • Last visit to Fort Collins: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2013
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  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Even though I'm not keen on sushi, that was a great restaurant tip. I wish more folks would be that descriptive in their food tips. Keep up the good work!

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