Founded in 1871, Colorado’s second-largest city has evolved from a quaint, Victorian resort town into a modern, sophisticated city, but the progress has not eliminated our small-town charm and historic ambiance. Recently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Colorado Springs was selected for its walkable historic areas, commitment to sustainability, natural attractions and amazing recreational opportunities. Few destinations provide such a vast and extraordinary range of authentic travel experiences.
Colorado Springs retains the distinctive charm that has attracted visitors for more than 100 years. The Pikes Peak region is a vacation and meetings destination that draws travelers, tour groups and conventions from around the world. Located 96 km south of Denver, the region embraces visitors year round with breathtaking scenery, friendly people and impeccable service.
The Pikes Peak region is home to more than 50 attractions and activities. In 2013, Garden of the Gods Park was voted the No. 3 park in the world by TripAdvisor. Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is the second most-visited mountain in the world (after Mount Fuji) and home to the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog train, which takes you to the 4,300-meter summit. It is the proud home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and its renowned U.S. Olympic Training Center, which offers free tours daily. The region is also home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Royal Gorge Bridge – the highest suspension bridge in North America, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – the nation’s only “mountain” zoo, authentic American West adventures and fabulous shopping and dining in Downtown Colorado Springs and the historic districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.
Just minutes from the city, foothills and mountains offer multiple recreational opportunities including beginner and advanced hiking and cycling trails and the breathtaking geological wonders in Garden of the Gods Park, Cave of the Winds and Paint Mines Interpretive Park. Ride the Cog Railway to the summit of Pikes Peak and then bicycle down the Pikes Peak Highway. Tour spectacular Garden of the Gods Park by jeep, Segway or horseback. Ride a zipline through the pine forest, descend 300 meters underground to explore historic gold mines or take a lantern tour in Cave of the Winds. There’s no end to the once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ll enjoy here.
Museums abound, with themes ranging from fine art to aviation, mining to money, ghost towns to history and heritage as well as rodeo and outlaws of the West.
Colorado Springs accommodations offer fantastic views and convenient access to local shopping, dining and entertainment. With The Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, The Mining Exchange and many other hotels, motels and B&Bs, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay. Adventurers will love the authentic dude ranches, while outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in nearby cabins or at a campground or RV park.
Don’t forget to check out regional Colorado Springs Airport, www.FlyCOS.com, for convenient access to Colorado Springs.