24 Reasons Fort Collins, Colorado Is The Greatest City On Earth

Wherever you are, it's not Fort Collins. Unless you're in Fort Collins, of course.

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1. First things first, Fort Collins is home to some of the best microbreweries in the world.

A short list of microbreweries in Fort Collins:

-New Belgium Brewing

-Odell Brewing Company

-Funkwerks

-The Fort Collins Brewery

-Black Bottle Brewery

-Freedom's Edge Brewing Company

-Equinox Brewing

2. But also, home to one of the best major breweries in the world as well.

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Well, one of its homes, at least. In fact, the Fort Collins Budweiser plant is the home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales horses.

3. It’s pretty much the beer capital of the world. (Sorry Belgium.) We like beer so much, we throw a party called the Brewers’ Festival every year where downtown essentially shuts down so everyone can get drunk in the streets.

4. If ALL THAT isn’t enough, you can always show your appreciation for both beer and biking by “racing” in the Tour de Fat.

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New Belgium’s annual celebration of bikes, beer, and crazy costumes has spread to ten other cities across America, but you better believe that tradition started right here in Fort Collins.

6. Actually, if the Great Outdoors is your thing, Fort Collins has tons of it. Hiking? Yeah, we’ve got that.

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Fort Collins is essentially surrounded by parks and hiking trails. Horsetooth Mountain Park is probably your best bet.

11. Fort Collins is so idyllic and picturesque, even Walt Disney looked to us as an example.

That’s right! The part of Disney parks called “Main Street, U.S.A." that's meant to look and feel like an ideal American town was inspired by and designed to look like downtown Fort Collins.

16. Despite the entire population being on an all-cinnmon roll diet, Fort Collins in one of the healthiest cities in the country.

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According to a 2012 Gallup-Healthways Survey, Fort Collins is the 4th healthiest midsize city in the US. And that doesn’t just measure physical health! It also takes into account mental health and overall well-being!

17. Like trees? Yeah you do. Fort Collins is lousy with them.

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The Arbor Day Foundation, which is like king of the trees, has called Fort Collins “Tree City USA.” Whether you’re an Ent or just someone who’s really into trees, Fort Collins in the place to be.

22. Fort Collins High School’s mascot is a lambkin, which is a baby lamb.

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Which doesn’t seem very awesome at first, but think about how bad ass you have to be to make your mascot a baby lamb. You REALLY have to back something like up with balls-to-the-wall ferocity.

23. Fort Collins is also home to Colorado State University, which is one of the best public universities in the country.

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Especially if you’re going to school for agriculture. Future farmers of America take note.