Colorado Springs, CO

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Colorado Springs featuring a bridge, a gorge or canyon and landscape views
This sunny mountain city offers a diverse and dramatic landscape, a wide variety of outdoor activities and a pioneer heritage to explore.

Much of the appeal of Colorado Springs lies in its scenic surroundings, which include the towering Rocky range and the unique red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods park. A great place to start a visit to Colorado Springs is at Pikes Peak, one of the area’s most popular attractions. The famous mountain is closely linked to the nation’s early history and was a famous symbol of the 1859 gold rush to Colorado. Hike up the popular Barr Trail to Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit. Or, from March through December, catch the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a leisurely ride to the top. After you descend the mountain, stop into the Garden of the Gods city park. This park sits at the foot of Pikes Peak and is known for its jagged red rock cliffs. Other outdoor leisure activities include golf and white-water rafting on the nearby Arkansas River. This part of the Rockies is also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a favorite destination for families.Delve into the frontier heritage of the area at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum or at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, both located in the city.Finding your way around Colorado Springs is relatively simple. The city is built on a grid system, and buses and taxis are plentiful. Many visitors choose to drive, as parking and roads are good and many of the top sites, such as the Garden of the Gods, are only accessible by car. Colorado Springs is generally mild and sunny, as the mountain range protects the city from harsh weather. However, there is still plenty to do if you need to stay indoors. Stop by the United States Air Force Academy, where you can see the striking modernist Cadet Chapel, or enjoy art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Where to stay in Colorado Springs

SCP Hotel Colorado Springs
SCP Hotel Colorado Springs
3.5 out of 5
2850 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
The price is $157 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Colorado Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (974 reviews)
"Nothing like the pictures online!!"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

SCP Hotel Colorado Springs
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
3.5 out of 5
8110 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920
The price is $179 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Colorado Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,839 reviews)
"Buffett was the same every day and no bacon. More variety of juices would be nice. Internet was horrible."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, A Dolce by Wyndham
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, A Dolce by Wyndham
4 out of 5
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
The price is $224 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Colorado Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,153 reviews)
"Everything was above what we expected!"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, A Dolce by Wyndham
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Lake  George Lodge  Unit 1
Lake George Lodge Unit 1
Florissant, CO
The price is $129 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this apartment in Florissant. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attraction Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum is located nearby. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"It was fine"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Lake George Lodge Unit 1
Palmer Park Trails & Space 4 Bdrm Cntrl Location
Palmer Park Trails & Space 4 Bdrm Cntrl Location
4 out of 5
2232 Wynkoop Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly cottage in Colorado Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Garden of the Gods and Pikes ...
Palmer Park Trails & Space 4 Bdrm Cntrl Location
NEW! Secluded Divide Cabin w/ Hot Tub + Gas Grill!
NEW! Secluded Divide Cabin w/ Hot Tub + Gas Grill!
Divide, CO
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Divide. Enjoy free WiFi, private spa tubs, and a garden. Popular attractions Pikes Peak and Mueller State Park are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Relaxing solitude with great view
"This small cabin was perfect for our stay. Secluded in the mountains for a great view, it was great to drink coffee in the morning while looking out into the mountain. And super great to soak in the hot tub in the evenings."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

NEW! Secluded Divide Cabin w/ Hot Tub + Gas Grill!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Colorado Springs

The primary form of public transit in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area is the Mountain Metro Transit, a bus network with routes that cover the city and out to nearby towns like Manitou Springs and Widefield. The best way to get around in Colorado Springs, though, is to rent a car, as many of the most popular tourist attractions are natural sites, like Pikes Peak, which aren’t always reachable by bus. Visit the Mountain Metropolitan Transit website.Browse Colorado Springs rental cars.

Best time to visit

Colorado Springs sees mild temperatures from the spring to the fall. The height of summer is the busiest and most expensive time to visit, so you may prefer to visit in the shoulder seasons of spring or fall when you’ll get more of the place to yourself and temperatures are a little easier to deal with. However, festival spirit is definitely in the air during the summer months.

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