Best Places to Live

Fort Collins, CO

Population: 153,292
Photo courtesy of Ryan Burke

Situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the scenic Colorado Front Range is Fort Collins, home to Colorado State University. Nearly 20 breweries operate in this college town, and a number of pub tours are available. However, it was New Belgium Brewing's Fat Tire that put Fort Collins on the beer lovers' map – even if that map initially ended at the distribution border of the Mississippi River. Now with a new location in Asheville, N.C., New Belgium's offerings like the highly-rated Lips of Faith are more broadly available.