A Colorado Springs Guide to Attractions
Here is our quick Colorado Springs guide to Attractions. The most popular in the area, these activities are tried and true FUN expeditions (We only wrote about the ones we've actually visited).
Use our recommendations straight-away or think of them as a springboard for other ways to explore. One thing you won't have to worry about is being bored!
At any rate, be safe, have fun, and if you're so inclined, please share your experience, so we can add to our Colorado Springs attractions guide. Happy Trails!
One of the first things we suggest visiting is Pikes Peak. Did you know its the most visited mountain in North America? Theres a good reason. At over 14,000 feet, its literally a breathtaking experience. You can drive up the mountain via the Pikes Peak Highway, take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a breathtaking train ride, or hike the Barr Trail to the summit for views all the way to Kansas!
Another must-see is the astounding Garden of the Gods. And its free! Drive through this beautiful city park filled with 300 foot tall sandstone fins. Or hike or horseback ride through miles of trails. It really feels like youre in one of those Warner Bros. Road Runner & Coyote cartoonssee Balanced Rock and youll know what I mean. Start off at the Visitor & Nature Center across from the park's entrance, and don't forget to stop in to the Trading Post for a snack or souvenir.
If you love animals and mountains, but dont necessarily want to tangle with a mountain lion, try visiting the only mountain zoo in America, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Thats right, a zoo on a mountain!
People dont usually connect dinosaurs with the Rocky Mountains, but the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center would like to show you otherwise. Only a 15 minute drive to the city of Woodland Park.
See giant dinosaur skeleton exhibits, watch an IMAX movie about Sea Monsters, or feel dinosaur poop in the Childrens Learning Center. Yes, I said feel dinosaur poop.
For waterfall lovers, make your way to Seven Falls in South Cheyenne Cañon. Like the name implies, this attraction is made up of seven connected waterfall steps that plunge down a 181 foot granite cliff.
Climb the steps to the top, or take the elevator to the Eagles Nest. Quite a view up there. Or, stay down below and feed the rainbow trout. Stick around until evening, as they illuminate the falls with a colorful light show.
No Colorado Springs guide would be complete without information on shopping in Colorado Springs. Try downtown or Old Colorado City where locally-owned shops abound. If you prefer traditional chains, the Citadel Mall and Chapel Hills Mall are great choices.
The US Air Force Academy is an icon in Colorado Springs. Take a walk on their paved nature trail, wander around the visitors center, or step inside the stunning Cadet Chapel.
If mountains, trails, and sunshine arent enough, go underground!
Cave of the Winds offers discovery and lantern tours of underground caves, stalactites and all.
If you find yourself hiking in Colorado Springs, you might pass an Olympiad or two in training. Wish them luck, then visit them at their headquarters. The US Olympic Training Center is located close to downtown and gives FREE tours! This center has two sports complexes, an aquatics center, shooting center, and nearby velodrome. Visitors welcome!
The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center is home to an art museum, theater, Museum gift shop, the high-end bistro "Amuze" and cool Deco lounge.
Royal Gorge is exactly what is sounds likea steep canyon 1,053 feet deep. And you can visit the bridge that spans it. A short drive to Cañon City will take you to the worlds highest suspension bridge!
Hope this helps! We'll add more ideas to our Colorado Springs guide as we continue to explore the city ourselves.
Be sure to check out our Things To Do in Colorado Springs page, as well as our list of FREE things to do in town.
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