I recently took a trip to Colorado Springs, and I was overwhelmed with how beautiful it was! This trip was not something I booked for pleasure, so the only free day I had while there was Sunday. This made it really hard to see and do everything that I wanted to, and on top of my time constraint, it was snowing the entire time which meant a lot of attractions were closed! Even though I wasn’t able to do a lot of things, I can’t wait to return to this beautiful place, and explore everything! So, in no particular order, here is my ultimate bucket list for visiting Colorado Springs!
• Broadmoor World Arena/Ice Hall
Growing up in the skating world has really made me bias towards this one. The Ice Hall training facility is top notch, and the World Arena itself is amazing. They always have events going on, so just take an hour or so and walk around it to take in this amazing arena!
• Pikes Peak
This is called, America’s Mountain”, and it doesn’t disappoint. You can take your car up to the top, or even hop on the Cog Train that goes up the mountain! Either way, you are guaranteed to see stunning views.
• Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
This was closed while I was visiting, but it was one of the top things that I wanted to do while there. This is also one of the more touristy options on this list, but walking through a cave is always fun, right?! The main reason this was so high on my to-do list is because they offer a lantern tour through the cave which I think would be so fun!
• Garden of the Gods
This is once again something that will give you beautiful scenery, and lots of hiking options! They also have a lot of activities that will work for families with small children, such as panning for gold.
• Figure Skating Hall of Fame
Once again, I probably have a bias towards this, but any sporting related hall of fame will be cool whether you are a fan of the sport or not. This was another attraction that I really wanted to do, but it is closed on Sundays, so I wasn’t able to go this trip.
• Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
I wasn’t able to do this either, but I will definitely make time for it on my next trip! This is a suspension bridge that hangs 956 feet above the Arkansas River! If you aren’t a fan of heights, then this wouldn’t be for you, but if you are a fan of amazing views and picture opportunities, here it is!
• The North Pole
Yup, you read that right! Santa makes his home almost year round in Colorado Springs at The North Pole. He has some time off in order to get things in order for the holiday rush, but for the most part, this is a great activity to do with the entire family! There are rides, activities, and you can even see Santa’s house while visiting!
• Manitou Cliff Dwellings
These are amazing dwellings that were built 700 years ago. When you visit, you are able to actually go inside of the dwellings, and even touch them. This is awesome, because most of the time when it is something like this, you have to be very careful not to touch anything.
• The Broadmoor
This is a luxury resort, but if you aren’t staying there, at least walk through and take in the beautiful views, and have a drink or some lunch. Also, if you keep driving past the resort into the residential area, you will not be disappointed by the beauty of the homes in the area.
• U.S. Olympic Training Center
If you are a fan of The Olympic Games, then you need to visit the training center! They offer tours every day, except of course Sundays. While I wasn’t able to take a tour of the training center, I was able to walk on the grounds and go to the gift shop for some souvenirs!
• United States Air Force Academy
Take a walk on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy! You can either walk around on your own, or take a guided tour of the campus!
• The Glen Eyrie Castle
They offer tours of the castle, and you can even enjoy tea at the castle. If you want to have tea, keep in mind that you have to make reservations ahead of time!
• Broadmoor Seven Falls
This is another hiking adventure in Colorado Springs. You can opt to just walk up the steps to the waterfalls (there are 224 steps according to the website), or there are hiking trails around if you want more of an adventure. Either way, the end result will be beautiful.
While this list doesn’t have everything there is to offer in Colorado Springs, it will give you a great start on seeing this beautiful town! There are also tons of hiking trails all around Colorado Springs, so make sure to check them out! Thinking there should be something added to this list? Please let me know in the comments; I always want to find new travel opportunities!