I might be biased, but Loveland, Colorado, and Northern Colorado, in general, is one of the best places to live. And many people can probably relate to out-of-state friends and family being a bit jealous. So whether you’re preparing for the next family visit, or you’re new to the Sweetheart City yourself, here are the top 6 tourist attractions in Loveland and Northern Colorado.
Benson Sculpture Park
Benson Sculpture Park is a Loveland treasure! With over 150 bronze sculptures placed throughout 10 acres of grass, wetlands, and ponds, this sculpture park is a favorite tourist attraction.
The Dam Store
Who doesn’t love taking their out-of-town friends and family members to The Dam Store? It’s located on Highway 34 as you’re headed west towards Estes Park. And the Dam Store (besides having the best name) has all your required knick-knacks and souvenirs, plus a watchtower with great views.
Devil’s Backbone or Horsetooth Rock
Any hike is necessary for tourists who is able because Northern Colorado is so beautiful and has so many fantastic, close trails! So this one is a tie between Loveland’s Devil’s Backbone hike and Fort Collins’s Horsetooth Rock hike. They’re both beautiful hikes and staples of the community.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is Northern Colorado’s best family-friendly tourist attraction, located on the north end of Old Town Fort Collins. There are many exciting permanent exhibits everyone can enjoy, plus a 360-degree dome theater. And, they’re always getting new, educational traveling exhibits.
Loveland has plenty of great breweries (Loveland Aleworks, Verboten, and Grimm Bros., to name a few) but let’s face it. New Belgium is the tourist attraction all your guests want to see. Make sure you get your tour tickets in advance—they can be hard to come by!
Promenade Shops at Centerra
When it comes to shopping, the Promenade Shops at Centerra is the best place to go in Northern Colorado. And if shopping isn’t your thing, you can always meander around the adjacent Chapungu Sculpture Park. Or, go ride the ferris wheel across the street at Scheels.
While there are so many other things I could add to the list, I think I’ll save some of the other tourist attractions in Loveland for another day. But if you have a favorite that I missed, let me know in the comments!