Whether you are hosting visitors this season, new to town, or simply haven't seen it all yet, here is a collection of our most beloved Colorado Springs attractions.
GARDEN OF THE GODS
A natural National Landmark since 1971, this public park of geological red rock formations is a quintessential Colorado Springs attraction. It's easily explored and appreciated by both car and foot, which makes it the perfect destination for groups of all ages regardless of weather. Don't miss the visitor center for programs and park history. Click here for more info.
FINE ARTS CENTER
This architectural gem houses a world-class art collection, facilitates a variety of educational programs and hosts stunning live performances. It's a great indoor reprieve during inclement weather, but it is absolutely worth sacrificing a sunny day for, as well. Click here for more info.
PIKES PEAK COG RAILWAY
This summer, the Cog Railway celebrated it's 125th anniversary! Its longevity is no surprise: there's something for everyone to enjoy. The greatest treat is is the view from the top of Pikes Peak, of course, but train, history and nature enthusiasts alike will enjoy the ride. This Christmas, Santa will welcome riders for a new special 2 mile tour. Click here for more info.
It's a resort unlike any other - a Forbes 5-Star Resort for 54 consecutive years, home of three legendary golf courses, and a member of Historic Hotels of America of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It's also a wonderful destination for locals (and their guests); finishing a walk around the lake with a burger and brew at the historic Golden Bee is always a treat. Click here for more info.
Their website says it best, "This magnificent series of waterfalls is situated in a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon between the towering Pillars of Hercules. Take in stunning vistas of verdant valleys, striking rock formations and golden prairies as you climb the challenging 224 steps to the hiking trails and the banks of glistening streams that feed Seven Falls, and its 181-foot drop of falling water." Click here for more info.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO
At 6,800 feet above sea level, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountainside zoo in the United States. The institution was founded 90 years ago by Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. Today, it is home to 750 animals of 150 different species. Click here for more information.
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
Nestled in the foothills on the North end of the city, the Air Force Academy boasts walking trails, the iconic Cadet Chapel, and our favorite: Honor Court, which is home to many aircraft memorials. Click here for more information.