Fort Collins is a vibrant city of more than 150,000 residents. It is the fourth largest city in Colorado, located 65 miles north of Denver. It is named for a short-lived military installation established in 1864 along the banks of the Cache la Poudre River, which flows through the city.
Fort Collins annually ranks among America's most livable cities, appearing on top 10 lists in such magazines as Forbes and Money, and scores high in surveys of health, fitness and well-being. It is also gaining a reputation as an innovation hub, attracting entrepreneurs from across the nation to live and work.
The area has a moderate, four-season climate marked by low average humidity and an abundance of sunshine. The city has 600 acres of parks, 30,000 acres of natural areas, 29 miles of off-street hiking and biking trails, four public golf courses, a racquet center, three public swimming pools, an ice rink and several community centers.
The city's most recognizable feature is Old Town, a collection of 23 historic buildings that served as the model for Disneyland's Main Street USA.
In the heart of downtown Fort Collins, Old Town features one-of-a-kind shopping as well as more than 80 restaurants and brewpubs. It is also the hub of the city's vibrant nightlife.
The Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society operates the only original trolley car west of the Mississippi River. Car 21, in the city's fleet when trolley service ended in 1951, has been fully restored by volunteers and provides a nostalgic look at a bygone era in public transportation.
The 1.5-mile, 30-minute ride originates in City Park, travels down historic Mountain Avenue, and ends on the edge of Old Town. The trolley runs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, noon to 5 p.m., May through September.
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For more information, check out visitfortcollins.com or download the 2016 Visitors Guide to Fort Collins and Colorado State University.