Planning a Trip
By Car -- Downtown Loveland is near the junction of U.S. 287 and U.S. 34. Coming from south or north, take I-25 exit 257B. From the west (Rocky Mountain National Park) or east (Greeley), follow U.S. 34 directly to Loveland. The drive takes about 1 hour from Denver.
By Plane -- Many visitors to Loveland fly into Denver International Airport. The Fort Collins/Loveland Airport (tel. 970/962-2852; www.fcgov.com/airport), off I-25 exit 259, 7 miles northeast of downtown Loveland, offers charter service.
Shamrock Airport Express (tel. 970/482-0505; www.rideshamrock.com) provides daily shuttle services between Denver and Fort Collins (one-way rates: $32 adults, $10 children under 13, free for children who sit on a parent's lap).
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce operates a visitor center at 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland CO 80538, just northwest of the junction of I-25 and U.S. 34 (tel. 800/258-1278 or 970/667-5728; www.loveland.org).
Valentines from Loveland -- To get your Valentine's Day cards remailed with a four-line Valentine cachet from Loveland, address and stamp each one, making sure to leave room in the lower left-hand corner of the envelopes for the special Loveland stamp, and mail them in a large envelope to the Postmaster, Attn.: Valentines, Loveland, CO 80538-9998. To ensure delivery by February 14, mail for the United States must be received in Loveland by February 9, and foreign mail should be received by February 3. For additional information, visit the website, www.withlovefromloveland.com.
U.S. 34, Eisenhower Boulevard, is the main east-west thoroughfare and does a slight jog around Lake Loveland, just west of city center. Lincoln Avenue (one-way northbound) and Cleveland Avenue (one-way southbound) make up U.S. 287 through the city. The downtown district is along Lincoln and Cleveland south of Seventh Street, 7 blocks south of Eisenhower.
For a taxi, call Shamrock Yellow Cab (tel. 970/224-2222).
The hospital, with a 24-hour emergency room, is McKee Medical Center, 2000 N. Boise Ave. (tel. 970/669-4640), in the northeastern part of the city. The post office is at 446 E. 29th St., just off Lincoln Avenue. Contact the U.S. Postal Service (tel. 800/275-8777; www.usps.com) for hours and locations of other nearby post offices.
Special Events -- Larimer County Fair and Rodeo, early August; Loveland Invitational Sculpture Show and Sale and Sculpture in the Park, early August; Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival, mid- to late August.