Getaway Guide: Spend the Perfect Summer Weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado
The Old Linden Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo Credit: Tim O'Hara, courtesy of Visit Fort Collins.
Located in the northern part of Colorado’s Front Range, the town of Fort Collins combines outdoor fun with old-western charm. Check out the Poudre Canyon for world-class rock climbing, rafting, hiking, and more, or head into town for a day of festivals, craft brews, and fun. In partnership with Visit Fort Collins, we’ve put together an awesome itinerary to help you make the most of your summer weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado. With so much to offer, we know you’ll be coming back to Fort Collins more than once.
Day 1: Canyon Exploring, Beer and Live Tunes
Rise and shine because it’s time to explore Cache la Poudre Canyon. Take a drive down Highway 14, also called Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The highway follows the river and offers up big canyon views. Be sure to pack a picnic as there are many stops along Colorado’s only nationally designated Wild & Scenic River to perch up and have lunch with stellar canyon views. For the more adventurous soul, consider rafting (class I-V rapids), climbing, camping, fishing or biking the canyon.
After spending the morning exploring Poudre Canyon, head back into town to uncover the magic of Old Town Fort Collins. This historic city center boasts over 84 restaurants so come hungry! Take a historic ride through town on the only original restored trolley car west of the Mississippi River.
When the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop. Fort Collins has a rocking music scene. Grab a local brew and check out some of the many music festivals happening in Fort Collins. Jam out to the summer concert series including the Downtown Summer Sessions where craft beer meets live tunes. Every Friday, Old Town Fort Collins comes to life with free live music, fresh brews, and lots of family fun. After you’ve danced the night away, lay your weary head to rest at one of the fantastic lodging options in the downtown area.
Day 2: Museums, Horsetooth Reservoir, and Breweries
Wake up and check out the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for a little culture and history. The museum is great for families and offers interactive exhibits including a Digital Dome that puts you in the heart of the action.
After the museum, it’s time to make a splash at Horsetooth Reservoir. Created in 1933, Horsetooth Reservoir keeps the Poudre River flowing evenly throughout the year. This area holds special significance to Native Americans; the huge rock formation is said to be a giant that turned to stone. There are a wide variety of recreation opportunities in the area including horsebackriding, hiking, biking, boat rentals, SUPing, and more.
Top the weekend off with a tour-du-brews. Fort Collins is famous for its many craft breweries. With over 20 to choose from, there is a craft libation for every taste. A few of our favorites are Funkwerks, New Belgium, and Odell. Check out this list and map for more information.