Just east of the Rockies is this beautiful former frontier town, the old heart of which has hardly changed for more than a century. It’s a fabulous destination for some sightseeing, fine dining, shopping and nightlife. Not just North Colorado’s cultural capital, Fort Collins today is a major beer town with 20 breweries, so if you’re a connoisseur you can spend your days on tours and sampling the great range of ales and beers that originate here. In the foothills of the Rockies there are also some striking landscapes to cycle, hike or paddle through.
1. Historic Old Town
The handsome brick buildings of Fort Collins’ Old Town remain intact and a stroll along these streets will put you in the shoes of a 19th-century settler. In all there are 28 historic buildings to see, today housing cafes, boutiques and galleries. If you’ve ever been to Disney World you’ll notice Fort Collins’ resemblance to Main Street USA, which was modelled on Fort Collins. One of Fort Collins’ ensemble of beautiful old buildings is the art deco Armstrong Hotel, built in 1923 and preserving its original interior fittings. The Old Town is also sure to entice diners, with more than 80 restaurants spread across a few city blocks.