Fort Collins is the mecca of everything outdoorsy. Dressing up means hiking boots, jeans, a beanie, and a flannel…tucked in. Dogs can go everywhere people can go. In thinking of three words that describe Fort Collins, it can be best summed up as flannel, beards, beer.
Hiking boots is a must have item in Fort Collins and one place not to miss while wearing them is Rocky Mountain National Park.
What is Fort Collin’s philosophy?
Everyday is full of sunshine, so we take advantage of that and play as much as we work. People spend time outdoors, always. Pack your dog, tent, kids, and a 6 pack of craft beer and hike and camp in the mountains outside of the city.
A great thing to do here is packing a picnic and hiking to Horsetooth. Or a night at the drive in movie theater. City Park remains a great place for people watching and for shopping, where else but REI given the nature of the place.
Alley Cat Coffee House is open 24/7 and when you visit, order their Red Eye Cat…chai tea with espresso in it that tastes like a gingerbread cookie.
The Mayor Bar in town has over 100 beers on tap and the best pretzel you’ll ever eat and for something a little more upscale, try The Social where people dress up in 1920’s garb. A delicious dirty gin martini to boot. Oh, and a lavender sour. Bliss.
Contributed by Kristen, an anthropology graduate student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.