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Annette Penny


Omer Izrael


Travel Suggestion # 1: Hikes and places to visit

General Information about hikes and camping areas can be found in the following websites/apps:

Alltrails and COTREX

A few specific recommendations are listed below:


Horsetooth Rock is the icon of Fort Collins and has been adopted as the logo of the city and many local organizations. This hike is moderate, with a 1300 ft. elevation climb within 2.5 miles. Round trip, this hike can take 2.5-5 hours depending on your speed and how many times you stop to enjoy the stunning views!

The drive to the trailhead is about 20 minutes west of Fort Collins. Be sure to head out early, as the parking lot usually fills up by about 9 am!


Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural area offers a variety of options for those who want to get out in nature but remain close to Fort Collins. You can hike, picnic, bird watch, or star gaze at the park! (sorry, no dogs allowed!) This area is good for beginners and families.

Included in the park's official website are: directions, tips for visitors, plant list, bird list, map.


Further information about other natural areas in town can be found in the official Fort Collins website (list can be found on the bottom of the page).


Other beautiful landmarks and unique towns you can visit in Colorado:

Red Feather Lakes area (1 hr drive away and fantastic for camping & hiking), The Great Sand Dunes (5 hr drive), Black Canyon (6 hr drive), Rocky Mountain National Park (entrance to the park needs to coordinated in advance - see the website for instructions), Estes Park (the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park and a beautiful touristic town in the mountains), and the city of Boulder which is great for strolling Pearl Street Mall to visit some local vendors and fun artistic town-vibe.

Travel Suggestion #2: Activities around town

The drive-in is a classic and budget friendly way of going to see a movie with your family! Our drive-in is located on the west side of town, and offers movies every weekend evening!

If you've never been to a drive-in theatre before - you drive your own vehicle and sit in it (or on some nice camping chairs that you bring with you) for the duration of two movies in a row! There is a concession stand for those who want snacks.

The season is weather dependent, so let's hope for good weather in October so it stays open!


Putt Putt (mini-gulf) at the The Exchange - Old Town Putt

You can have alcoholic drinks, food, and good times with the whole family or crew!


Axe throwing - The Axe and Ale

Just as it sounds, go throw axes and drink beers!


Live music - There are plenty of live shoes around town, here are few example for well know local venues, such as The Aggie Theater, Washington's, The Mishawaka, and Magic Rat.


More info about things to do in Fort Collins - Visit Fort Collins

Travel Suggestion # 3: Explore delicious local bars & restaurants

Of course the bonus of being in a new place is getting to try the unique food it has to offer! Here are a few of the restaurants we love (with prices rated from 1-5 with 5 being the most expensive):

Persimmon - in old town Fort Collins. 3/5 price point. Offers unique food from all over the world with a great homey atmosphere

Moe's BBQ - in old town Fort Collins. 2/5 price point. Offers all kinds of bbq with 2 sides of your choice, and a huge patio out back! And yes, there is a fantastic vegetarian option!

Otto Pint - in South Fort Collins. 3/5 price point. Offers specialty thin-crust pizzas with unique toppings and delightful salads. Pair it off with a huge selection of local beers and wines from around the world. We suggest sharing a pizza and salad with a friend or partner! Indoor and outdoor seating options.

Tap and Handle - in old town Fort Collins. 2.5/5 price point. An old english style tavern which offers high quality mac 'n cheese, burgers, and other bar food with a wide variety of local brews and arcade games as a bonus. Indoor & outdoor seating options.

The Exchange - an open-air courtyard surrounded by a variety of local establishments, including brew-pubs, restaurants, a belgian-waffle bar, ice cream, wineries, and even adult putt-putt. A great place to bring the family or the crew where everyone can find something they'll love.

The Mishawaka restaurant & amphitheatre - 3.5/5 price point. This local venue sits right on the Poudre River, offering stunning views while enjoying a delicious meal. A 40 minute drive out of town, these windy roads offer delightful views of the Poudre Canyon. Food for everyone, with seating options either inside or out on the patio above the river. You will not regret visiting this treasure! But be sure to make a reservation, they are in high demand!

Trailhead Tavern - 2/5 price point. This local bar has been around for ages. A bit grungy and great for people who love the student scene, watching the game while enjoying local brews, regular bar food, and playing pool, darts, and other arcade games.