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
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
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
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
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 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,