Things to do in Colorado Springs in the Summer
Cog Railway to Pikes Peak Summit, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Pikes peak Scenic Drive, Downhill Bike Pikes Peak, Ghost Town Museum, Theatre, Miramont Castle Museum, Pro Rode Hall of Fame, Space Foundation Discovery Center, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Horseback Riding, Recreation Marijuana, Hiking, Biking, Shopping, Farmers Market, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City
Things to do in Colorado Springs in the Winter
Cog Railway to Pikes Peak Summit, Cave of the Winds, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Theatre, Miramont Castle Museum, Pro Rode Hall of Fame, Space Foundation Discovery Center, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Recreational Marijuana, Shopping, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City
Denver 1 hour 10 minutes, 68 miles
Cripple Creek 1 hour and 4 minutes, 44 miles
Royal Gorge 1 hour and 16 minutes, 58 miles
Pueblo 43 minutes, 45 miles
Dallas 10 hours 47 minutes, 721 Miles
Oklahoma City 8 hours 59 minutes, 591 miles
Rampart Range Reservoir
Colorado Springs is one of the most visited Colorado summer vacation destinations primarily because it’s home to the famous Pikes Peak and all the adventures that go with that. The mountain towers over the city and is home to the Pikes Peak international hill climb auto race in June, mulitple free concerts and festivals, athletic endurance costests and an abundance of summer things to do for families. Like any mountain, man must get to the top of it and there are several ways to summit Pikes Peak: train, car, or for those looking to test their endurance, you can ride your bike or hike. My favorite way to experience Pikes Peak is to take bike tour. It’s easy and fun as long as you know how to ride a bike. Take your bike to the top of the mountain by car, truck or van with the help of a friend, cousin or a local company that offers the service then take the ride down, but make sure your brakes are in good shape.
At the base of Pikes Peak is Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. Both offer unique shopping, multiple free summer concerts, world famous tourism attractions, festivals and more. See my picks for Colorado Springs events, concerts, festivals, restaurants and lodging.
Old Colorado City - A Downtown that Works
Why does Old Colorado City thrive, while downtown Colorado Springs struggles? What lessons can downtown merchants and property owners learn from their counterparts two miles to the west? "I'm always wondering what we can learn from downtown," says Laura Teeters, who owns A Call to Life, a women's clothing boutique at 25th Street and Colorado. "I never thought that we had anything to teach them. But I love being here — this is such a supportive business community. I get so many customers that other business owners refer to me, and I refer my customers to them." Silversmith Mike Velez occupied a prime Tejon Street location for 20 years before moving to "the avenue" two years ago. He echoes Teeters' comments. "It's great here," he says. "It's just a lot of people who are really dedicated to small retailers, and making this work for all of us." From the Colorado Springs Independent. See the full story