Alley with old American elm trees - the Oval at Colorado State University campus in  autumn colors.

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Colorado State University

Northern Colorado

A meander through the CSU campus' large quads and arboretum makes for a perfect afternoon stroll. Occasional arts, culture and music exhibits engage the outdoor loving, free-wheelin' student population, and football games at the brand new Rams Stadium are a highlight of many a Saturday afternoon.

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1.35 MILES

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2. Fort Collins Museum of Art

1.37 MILES

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3. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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5. Lory State Park

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6. Swetsville Zoo

6.44 MILES

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8. MacGregor Ranch Museum

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