Adventure Awaits in Colorado Springs
When you think of Colorado, you might think of skiing in the Rocky Mountains or living it up in the capital city of Denver, but don’t overlook beautiful Colorado Springs. This city boasts some of the best views, scenic drives, and ultimate adventures, without the chaos and crowds! From fitness activities to relaxed drives, Colorado Springs boasts plenty of things to do.
Sightseeing and Thrill-Seeking
The United States Air Force Academy is located on the north side of Colorado Springs. Take a self-guided tour through the campus, and make sure to stop by the planetarium for a beautiful show and the chapel for some pictures. If you are lucky enough, you might see some unique planes or gliders in training over the campus.
While driving into town, look to your west – the tallest mountain is Pike’s Peak. Head to the top of the 14,000-foot peak where you can see up to five states on the clearest of days. Another stop worth the detour is the Garden of the Gods. Drive through the park and see some of the most beautiful rock formations with the deepest reds you can find. Pull into any one of the parking lots and choose any guided trail to go for a hike. Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop, which has a variety of souvenirs.
Are you up for some adventure? Check out the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park where the adrenaline junkie will come alive. Start with a tour of the caves then head to the adventures above. You can zip-line, rock climb, catapult across the canyon, or balance 600 feet above the canyon. If you are ready for the thrill, ride the Terror-Dactyl, which launches you over the canyon at almost 100 miles per hour!
If you are looking to see a captivating natural wonder, head to Seven Falls. Climb the 200+ steps to watch the crystal-clear water flow down the mountainside. If you are an animal lover, check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It is located on the side of the mountain, so there is a lot of walking uphill, but it is worth the challenge. My favorite stop is the Giraffes – they have a beautiful feeding exhibit area, and they are so friendly!
Where to Eat
In between all the fun and adventure, you will need to take some time to enjoy Colorado Springs’ great dining establishments. In Old Colorado City, you can grab breakfast or lunch at Mother Muff’s. Try the “Baskets O’ Bacon,” which include flavored and chocolate-covered bacon. My favorite items are the Classic Country Breakfast Pizza, the Green Chili Cheese Fries, and the Jiffy Burger, but not all during the same visit!
After lunch, take a stroll down the streets of Old Colorado City and visit the locally-owned shops for some unique gifts and souvenirs. If you are near downtown Colorado Springs, a great place for lunch is Panino’s. They have amazing heated and pressed sandwiches. Try the Club Panino with turkey, bacon, and cheese. You likely won’t finish the whole thing, but it is worth the shot.
For a fun evening out and some great food to match, head to the Golden Bee in the Broadmoor area. Start with dinner of your favorite British meal, then sing along to the piano player in the main lounge while you enjoy a yard of your favorite ale! Beware of the flying bees – not real bees, but embroidered stickers that will end up attached to your clothing, and you’ll have no idea how they got there. (The piano players have amazing aim and toss them when you aren’t paying attention!) Be sure to check out the scenery, because the pub was transferred directly from the UK panel by panel!
Colorado Springs has so much to offer. Whether you are looking for exploration, high activity, or just cruising through, you will find something to do. Take the time to see all that Colorado Springs has to offer – you are in for an unforgettable adventure!