A 1938 mural capturing the industries around Loveland by James Russell Sherman hangs in the Post Office where Loveland serves as the national home to Valentines every Feb. 14. | Photo by Jimmy Emerson / flickr

Staff writer

It might not be wrong to call Loveland the Valentine’s Day capital of the world. Years ago, the town decided to capitalize on its “love”-ly name, and since then every year thousands of Valentine cards are sent to Loveland to be marked with special postmarks and poems, then resent to the intended loved ones.

Loveland’s valentines are rivaled by its beauty and attractions. The city is an agricultural center located at the foot of the Big Thompson Canyon, a gateway to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and appears frequently in the upper ranks of Money magazine’s lists of best places to live.

“Must-see” attractions
Big Thompson Canyon
Cherry Pie Celebration

More attractions
Benson Sculpture Garden
Boyd Lake State Park
Carter Lake
High Plains Environmental Center
Loveland Museum & Gallery
Old-Fashioned Corn Festival

Loveland facts
Population: 66,859 (2010 Census).
Land area: 32.5 square miles.
County: Larimer (Fort Collins is county seat).
Altitude: 4,982 feet above sea level.
Climate: Warm summers, cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 15 inches, including average snowfall of 40 inches. Snow depth of 2 inches in December and January. January averages: high 34, low 15. July averages: high 87, low 56. More weather >>