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  • Writer's pictureKate Sosebee

Best Places to Visit in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado

America the Beautiful!

Have you been yet to the place where "America the Beautiful" was written? This famous poem was written at the top of Pikes Peak! This growing town is well worth the visit. We've lived in the Springs for four years now and we've these are some of the top places our visitors like to visit when they come to Colorado.

Pikes Peak

You can't miss out on this gem! Pikes Peak is the large fourteener (14k foot mountain) that stands tall above Colorado Springs. Don't just stand at the bottom. In advance, buy tickets up to the top of Pikes Peak. You get on the Cog Railway in Manitou Springs. No need to drive the windy and siderail-less road to the top. The Cog Railway is worth the splurge. The views and tour up to the peak are incredible. And don't miss out on the donuts at the top! Here's a tip from a local: go straight to the donut shop once you get to the peak. Be the first in line. You don't want to spend half your time at the peak in line. But, for real, those fresh donuts are worth it!

Now take in the views!!

Manitou Springs and the Incline

The Incline

Manitou Springs is fun in all four seasons. It's a cute town with dozens of adorable shops. Shop for local art, souvenirs, eat good food, and play at the Penny Arcade! If you are in good shape try your hand (or foot) at the Incline. The Incline is 2,744 steps to the top. This is an extremely difficult climb up 2,000 feet in elevation. Do not take this hike without preparation - some people have even died on this hike. Be careful and don't forget to get your reservation beforehand. It's become a very popular place for hike enthusiasts to hike so it can be crowded.

Garden of the Gods

This free natural treasure is a MUST SEE. Do not miss the Garden of the Gods. Take a hike or two, take a picture of the kissing camels, and shop at the trading shop! If you have time, take the kids to Rock Ledge Ranch for an educational experience that takes you back in time.

Cave of the Winds

If you need a break from the heat...or the snow depending on the season, try out the Cave of the Winds! This fun adventure takes you below the surface. This is sure to be exciting for you and for the kids.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is famous around here! It's uniquely set up zoo on the side of a mountain. Yes, on the side of a mountain! Prepare yourself to walk up steep hills - but I promise it's a great time. You'll see everything from elephants, to penguins, to hippos, moose, and bears. And don't forget to feed the giraffes! This is a great place to visit in all weather. A lot of the exhibits have indoor spaces and are good for warming back up should get cold. If you have time at the end of the day it's fun to drive up the top to see the Shrine of the Sun.

The Broadmoor

Have an elegant night out or a night stay in one of the rooms at The Broadmoor. This luxury resort has been in the Springs since 1918! This absolutely gorgeous historical resort is worth the visit. Reserve a table at one of the restaurants on site or just off site. There's fire places, live music, excellent foods, and the best of art! Walk around the property, play a game of golf, shop, or even go bowling! This resort has had it's share of famous visitors to include multiple US Presidents and even Royalty from overseas.

United States Air Force Academy

Come see this important place! The USAFA Chapel has been a special part of the Colorado Springs mountain views for decades. Right now the Chapel is under renovation and it's expected to open back up until 2027. But there's still other things to see! Go explore the visitor center, get yourself some USAFA football game tickets, or go to a Planetarium show. We love camping at the USAFA Family Camp.

The Mining Museum

This was an expected find for us when we first moved to the Springs. I couldn't believe how many people told me we had to visit this small museum right next to the North Gate of the Academy. It's a must if you wish to have a truly educational experience for your kids. Learn all about our important mining industry here in Colorado. This museum is full of working and operation engines. Make sure you show up on time for a tour because it's just not the same if you can't see and HEAR all the engines in action. Plus you kids get to do some gold panning and it's including in the cost of the tickets for entry.

There's plenty more to do in the Springs, of course. But these are the bare minimum of what you need to see and do! Plus don't forget to find a couple of good hikes to go on while you are here!

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