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Five things you should do in Colorado Springs

When I visited Colorado Springs in September, I knew I wanted to see Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Once I was there, I realized I could have booked myself an itinerary longer than the two nights I stayed to explore, eat and drink.

Though I didn’t make it everywhere you could while visiting the Colorado Springs area, I would certainly recommend to any future visitors the following five activities …

See the Rocky Mountains from Pikes Peak

The view atop Pikes Peak in the Colorado Rockies. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The expansive view atop Pikes Peak in the Colorado Rockies is stunning. (Photo by Erin Klema)

For the fantastic view of the Colorado Rockies, blue sky and “amber waves of grain” that inspired the poem-turned-patriotic-tune “America the Beautiful,” visit the summit of Pikes Peak. At an elevation of 14, 110 feet, Pikes Peak is the 31st tallest mountain in Colorado. To get to the top, you can hike, drive or take the cog railway from Manitou Springs.

Drink classic cocktails and craft beer

A smashin' drink from The Principal's Office at the Ivywild School in Colorado Springs! (Photo by Erin Klema)

A smashin’ drink from The Principal’s Office at the Ivywild School in Colorado Springs! (Photo by Erin Klema)

At the Ivywild School, an elementary school that has been repurposed as a community center/indoor market, sit on the patio with a classic cocktail — like a Blackberry Smash or Moscow Mule — from The Principal’s Office or a microbrew from Bristol Brewery. For more craft beer, check out the selection of 20 microbrews on tap and even more bottled at Brewer’s Republic or taste the German and English influence in one of the 10-12 brews at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company in downtown Colorado Springs.

Take in the view at Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is a natural wonder and one of the best free attractions I've visited. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Garden of the Gods is a natural wonder and one of the best free attractions I’ve visited. (Photo by Erin Klema)

These majestic natural wonders are stunning to see firsthand. Take a silly photo “hoisting” Balanced Rock, walk the paved pathway between the gigantic red sandstone rock formations, take a hike, bike, horseback ride or even rock climb.  Best of all: Garden of the Gods is a free attraction!

Dine at casual but quality eateries

A fresh and healthy lunch at the Wild Goose Meeting House consisted of roasted red pepper soup and the half rainbow salad. (Photo by Erin Klema)

A fresh and healthy lunch at the Wild Goose Meeting House consisted of roasted red pepper soup and the half rainbow salad. (Photo by Erin Klema)

You’ll find some delicious food in Colorado Springs. At the Wild Goose Meeting House, soak in the Colorado sunshine on the patio with a light and healthy lunch, locally-made coffee, Colorado craft beer or a glass of wine. For a hearty meal that pairs well with a microbrew, head to Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, where you absolutely must try the Blonde Lager and Smoked Gouda soup.

Tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center

The U.S. Olympic Training Center is open for guided public tours. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The U.S. Olympic Training Center is open for guided public tours. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is where some of the top summer Olympic and Paralympic athletes train. For the small fee of $5, you can take a guided tour of the grounds, including the shooting range, Olympic-size pool, weightlifters’ training area, gyms and the visitor center that houses some Olympics artifacts and a Team USA gift shop.

Wish you were here,

Erin

Five Things To Do In Colorado Springs | Where Erin Goes

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nice recap of Colorado Springs highlights. Lots to do on a low budget. It would be cool to tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the entrance fee is so family friendly. Love the pics!

    November 11, 2014
    • Thank you :) There really is a lot you can do in Colorado Springs if you are trying to keep your travel expenses low. If I were planning a low-budget trip, Garden of the Gods would be at the top of my list of things to do. The U.S. Olympic Training Center also offers a military discount, which families visiting their loved ones at the Air Force Academy or Fort Carson may want to keep in mind. I would still recommend splurging on the Pikes Peak cog rail — unless you are very comfortable driving mountains with hairpin turns. Riding the train up the mountain is a unique experience, and you are provided with information that you otherwise wouldn’t get by driving to the summit, too.

      November 12, 2014
  2. Hi Erin! I just found your blog and I’m so happy I did :) looking forward following your adventures

    November 18, 2014
  3. greeeat list! bookmarking – now that we’re back in the states, we’re more likely to visit!! xxo

    December 5, 2014
    • Have you ever been to Colorado? If not, you should definitely go!

      December 6, 2014
      • yeah, we used to go skiing in Breckenridge a bit and I’ve been up there for Mile High Fest…but I forget which city that was..

        December 6, 2014
      • I was just in Breck in September. Such a cute mountain town. I bet the skiing there is fantastic, but I was more impressed with the food scene. There are plenty of places to wine and dine between sessions on the slopes!

        December 7, 2014
      • I should probably head back post-college…..it took everything we had to get up there, fancy wining+dining was for the older folk – like, um, us now ;) heh

        December 7, 2014
      • Oh, man. We are the “older folk” now. Actually, I’m pretty OK with that. ;)

        December 7, 2014
  4. Peterson Air & Space Museum is another cant miss attraction in the Springs as well ;)

    November 8, 2016

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