Nestled in the foothills of The Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins, Colorado is one of my favorite towns anywhere. In 2006, Money ranked Fort Collins as the best place to live in America, proclaiming that “great schools, low crime, good jobs in a high-tech economy and a fantastic outdoor life make Fort Collins No. 1.” For my money it always was.
I discovered it as a Forestry student at Colorado State University. When I returned in 2005 to get an alumni award from CSU I realized that although it had expanded and was now about 140,000 population, it still had the friendly feeling I knew as a student. And I will never forget The Poudre Valley Creamery – the best milkshakes ever.
The location is great if you like mountains. Skiing and hiking are nearby in the West. It is only an hour north of Denver and its big international airport. Yes, it was a fort and there was a man named Collins back in the mid-1800s. It’s grown-up now, but still has that charm and healthy life style. It’s a favorite.