Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins, Colorado is the closest airport to the Rocky Mountain National Park, and close to world-class ski resorts along I-70, where drive times are similar to those from Denver International Airport. There you'll find plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife scene, restaurants and breweries, and family fun galore.
Elite Airways flies in and out of the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL). Located in the City of Loveland just adjacent to Interstate 25, FNL is just minutes away from Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Estes Park, 50 miles north of downtown Denver, and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Elite Airways offers non-stop flights between Rockford, IL and Fort Collins, CO on Mondays and Fridays. Flights from Rockford to Fort Collins depart at 8:00 a.m. and arrive at 9:00 a.m. (including time change). Flights depart Fort Collins at 4:00 p.m. and arrive in Rockford at 7:00 p.m. Click here to check availability or make a reservation.
The Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) is located at 4900 Earhart Road in Loveland, CO. Parking is just $5 per night. The Elite Airways ticket counter is located in the main terminal, and passengers can board at the main gate. Luggage can also be retrieved at the baggage claim, adjacent to the main terminal. Click here for airport website.
Money Magazine named Fort Collins the best place in the country to live; it is also one of the best places to visit in Colorado. Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is home to outdoor recreational opportunities, cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife scene, and fun for the whole family. Click here for more information.
Ft. Collins sits less than 60 miles north of Denver, and is a gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park, The Cache la Poudre River Canyon, Horsetooth Canyon, and many other outdoor pursuits. Enjoy hiking and mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking on the reservoir, guided white water rafting trips, horseback riding, and world-class fly fishing.
As the hub for a true Colorado adventure, Fort Collins offers everything a big city can with the amenities of a Colorado mountain town. You'll find 50 parks, 280+ miles of trails, including paved and unpaved walking and bike trails, four recreation centers and swimming pools, three public golf courses and a racquet sport complex, two sheets of ice for organized hockey games, even skateboard and off-leash dog parks. If you enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, there are five major skiing areas within driving distance, along with mountain trails for a true outdoor experience.
Fort Collins richly deserves its reputation as the cultural capital of Northern Colorado. With a half-dozen live theatre stages in production throughout the year, a symphony orchestra, ballet troupe, opera company, galleries and museums, including the $27 million dollar Museum of Discovery. It is also known as one of the towns that inspired the design of Main Street, U.S.A. inside the main entrance of the many 'Disneyland'-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world.
For the widest array of classical music and dance options, Fort Collins is best visited between September and May. That's when Canyon Concert Ballet, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the CSU Department of Music, Theatre and Dance all present their seasons. Summer brings a variety of performers out to street festivals, and in any given week, Fort Collins might be hosting a touring Broadway show, an original drama by a local playwright, two or three exhibits by local artists, or a fundraising event for a local non-profit.
From the King of Beers to Fat Tire, Fort Collins is home to 11 award-winning craft breweries and one of the best-known breweries in the world, Anheuser Busch. Whether you are here for the day or here for the week, you will find just the thing to wet your whistle. Fort Collins produces 70% of Colorado's craft beer and 7% of all craft beers consumed in the U.S.
Not sure which one to try first? Take a guided bus or bike tour through several of Old Town's breweries. Along the way you will learn about the brewing process and taste a variety of locally brewed beers and ciders. Get a backstage glimpse into the beer making process, and enjoy samples of finished beers and ciders. If you're a history buff, learn about the extraordinary conflicts attributed to alcohol in the early days of Fort Collins, including the temperance ladies and their power in the 1880s, and the city's 73-year streak of prohibition and the underground speakeasies.