Fort Collins sits on the Cache La Poudre River and is the fourth highest populated city in Colorado. The city was established as a military outpost, Camp Collins, in 1864. After being destroyed by a flood, the fort was moved down the river and settlers quickly arrived at the fort, which was decommissioned in 1867. Fort Collins’ Old Town historic district boasts homes from the 1800s, a trolley, and specialty and vintage shops. Today, Fort Collins boasts around 170,000 residents and is home to Colorado State University and Front Range Community College.
Just outside of the city, you will find the Horsetooth Resorvoir, Horsetooth Mountain, and Cache la Poudre River, where you will find hiking trails and camping opportunities. There are great parks within the city, and if the indoors sounds more appealing, there are opportunities for great live music, arts, shopping, museums, and brewery tours.