Fort Collins Visitor Guide

Welcome to Fort Collins, “one of the best places to live, work and play in America.” For years we have been known as the 'Choice City' and for visitors, this means many choices on how to spend your
leisure activities.

Arts & Culture: Catch a first-class performance in one of our many theatres, explore history in our remarkable Old Town, tour a local brewery, ride a restored trolley car, discover science at the museum, attend one of our many festivals and celebrations.
Sports & Recreation: Play a round of golf year round, raft whitewater, hike a canyon, ride a bike or a horse along miles of trails through city and state parks, soar in a hot air balloon, cheer on the CSU teams.
Dining & Entertainment: When it comes to dining and entertainment, the choices go on. Cuisine from traditional to novel, fast-food to fine dining, symphony concerts to ballroom dancing, opera to salsa, and local bands you may soon see on national tour.
Shopping: Explore many unique shops in Fort Collins while you’re here too! From our major shopping center in the south part of town, Front Range Village, all the way to Downtown, you’ll discover friendly, fun local shopping choices throughout the community.

Finally, it’s the city of choice for 143,000 residents who are proud to call Fort Collins home. We’re students, families, professionals, retirees and everyone in between, sharing a love for our hometown and a friendly,
casual attitude.
We’re glad you’re here.

Karen Weitkunat, Mayor
City of Fort Collins

Throughout this guide   , you will find inspiring places to visit, adventurous activities and a foodie and craft beverage scene that is second to none. Did you know 70% of Colorado’s craft beer is produced right here in Fort Collins? We are one of only four destinations in the country with a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly designation. Rent a bike free of charge at the Bike Library and check out the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the Poudre River Trail and stop by a local brewery to sip on fresh ale. There is also no shortage of arts and culture in our destination. From art in public places to live music and Broadway performances, you will truly find an event, activity or attraction that you'll enjoy.

Fort Collins is the first destination in the state to implement the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program. This certification program ensures you have a quality experience from the time you’re picked up at the airport by a shuttle to the time you dine in beautiful Old Town and everywhere in between. Tourism professionals across our area have been trained to assist you with any questions you might have. Look for the gold star while you’re here and you won’t be disappointed.  

Over the years, Fort Collins has been named the best place to live, best place to raise a family, best college town to take a vacation and many more.  We encourage you to keep up on all the happenings by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or on our blog. And don't forget to tell us about your trip; we’d love to hear from you!

Katy Schneider, Interm President & CEO and Director of Marketing
Visit Fort Collins

Fort Collins is no stranger to “Top 10” and “Best 100” lists over the last few years and that trend is continuing. Fort Collins was named as the second-best place for business and careers by Forbes, chosen best in its class as a place for young professionals to live and work by the company Next
Generation Consulting and selected as the best place in Colorado to raise your kids by Business Week.

Positive income growth, low cost of living and quality educational systems are just a few indicators of community success according to these publications and area businesses. Additionally, Colorado State University is a major attraction for
knowledge-based business.

The University also saw a huge increase in the number of technology transfers to industry. The research that is produced at CSU has created a number of spin off companies that have created jobs and brought funding to Northern Colorado. We remain one of the more innovative and entrepreneurial places in the country and have a high level of
innovation capacity.

Combine these important business factors with culture, great dining and shopping and you quickly realize that Fort Collins is a great place to live, work
and play.

David L. May, President & CEO
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce