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By the Cache La Poudre River, against the backdrop of the Poudre Canyon, Fort Collins isn't just picturesque. It's also one of Colorado's party towns, thanks to the student population from Colorado State University. The local music scene is famous, as are the bars serving up lipsmackingly frothy drinks from the local microbreweries. There's a tantalising number of restaurants here as well. With the sheer wealth of local distractions, along with the carefree and friendly vibe, it's no wonder Fort Collins was once named as the best place to live in the United States.

Things to see

Downtown Fort Collins isn't just where the action is, in terms of the lively, music-filled bars and sizzling steakhouses. It's also filled with architecture from eras gone by – from Colonial-style verandas to the glinting curves and edges of Art Deco facades. The folksy, old fashioned charm of the place explains why it was one of the real-life models for the Main Street USA section of various Disney resorts. Any visit to Fort Collins has to include a leisurely wander around these distinctive streets, either by day to browse the boutiques or by night to get stuck into some local beers. Fancy a live show? The Fort Collins Lincoln Center is where you'll want to be, while the whole family will have their minds expanded by the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. This innovative space showcases everything from fossils excavated in the area to music technology – charting its evolution from Edison's wax cylinders to the iPod. Interactive displays will keep even younger kids entertained. One of the pleasures of Fort Collins is how it puts the epic grandeur of rural Colorado on your doorstep, and one must-visit natural attraction is Horsetooth Rock. The fact that it looms in the skyline has made it one of the symbols of the city, and Horsetooth Mountain Park offers miles of hiking trails to explore. The view from the mountain itself is simply jaw-dropping.

Hotels in Fort Collins

The hotels in Fort Collins generally fall under the "functional" category – instead of flamboyant or quirky accommodation, you can expect to find guestrooms with sleek, understated decor and the sorts of facilities that will make you feel right at home. These tend to include free WiFi in guestrooms and public spaces, and large flat-screen televisions with premium cable. Keeping fit and relaxed during your stay in Fort Collins shouldn't be a problem either, with many hotels also featuring fitness centers, saunas, and spas on the premises.

Where to stay

If you're here to visit friends or family at Colorado State University, you'll be glad to know there are hotels in Fort Collins just minutes from the campus buildings. Similarly, there are hotels right in the iconic downtown district. Bear in mind that these will get booked up during the Colorado Brewer's Festival which takes place every June, and sees thousands descend on the streets to imbibe fine local beers, watch live music, and even go bungee jumping and mechanical bull riding. If you want a greater selection of hotels, you can also look further afield to the area around nearby Loveland.

How to get to Fort Collins

If you're flying to the area, the main gateway is Denver International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. You can easily get to Fort Collins from Denver by hire car or bus. While in Fort Collins you get around on foot – that's the best way to see the central area for sure – although it's also a very bicycle friendly community with hundreds of miles of bike lanes available to explore.

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