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What to Do in Colorado Springs: Must See Attractions

Colorado Springs Attractions

Colorado Springs’ red rocks and mountain-framed plains are spread out across a plateau that’s more than 6,000 feet (1828 m) high. As the home of the US Olympic Committee and the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb race, the city is used to a little competition and doesn’t shy away from opportunities to impress its visitors. From its gold rush-era architecture to its pioneer spirit, and from its sprawling parks to its vibrant arts, there are plenty of things to do in Colorado Springs that are more than worthy of a gold medal.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs

Old Colorado City

Filled with the city’s oldest architecture and imbued with Colorado Springs’ earliest pioneer vibes, Old Colorado City is the place to go for a small town feel without sacrificing great places to explore.

Downtown

Urban parks, fascinating museums, and a world-class arts scene await those who center their stay in Colorado Springs’ downtown. Catch a concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, explore artifacts at the Pioneers Museum, or check out local galleries scattered between hip cafes and historic bars.

Manitou Springs

Just a few miles outside of Colorado Springs proper, this charming mountain town is a great base camp for those wanting to check out the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, mineral springs, and haunted houses. It’s also a good option for alternative Colorado Springs accommodation for those who want a quiet stay out of town.

Cripple Creek

If you’re feeling lucky, make your way to Cripple Creek, where gold miners once sought their sparkling fortunes in cliffside mines. While you’re unlikely to strike it rich panning for treasure, you can always hit the town’s casinos for a chance to find your fortune.

What to See in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs’ historic architecture, fascinating museums, and vibrant cultural institutions will keep visitors entertained downtown, but you won’t want to miss the natural beauty that lies beyond the pavement. In the Garden of the Gods, roam rolling hills dotted with pine trees and navigate mazes of ochre-red rocks jutting out from grassy meadows. Just south of this magical landscape is the towering top of Pikes Peak, home to the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb, which challenges drivers of all types of vehicles to test man and machine’s ability to race to the top of the “hill’s” 14,115-foot (4,302-m) summit. Make your own trek to the summit on foot or take a load off and grab a ride on the rails of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

Sightseeing in Colorado Springs

Military buffs will want to swing in for a tour of the United States Air Force Academy, and then brush up on their history with a stop at the National Museum of World War II Aviation. Nature lovers can hop in a jeep for a guided ride through the Garden of the Gods or peek in at the animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and adrenaline junkies can tackle the slopes of Pikes Peak on foot, by bike, or maybe even by high-flying zipline.

Explore the pioneer past at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, lace up your hiking boots for a leg-pumping adventure on the Seven Bridges Trail, Seven Falls, or in Palmer Park, or just while away the hours looking for haunted buildings, trendy cafes, and live music among the timeless brick buildings that line the streets of the Old Colorado City Historic District.

Free Things to Do in Colorado Springs

Sightseeing on a shoestring budget in Colorado Springs? Spend time, not money, on awesome experiences.

Williams Fire Museum - Speak to the friendly staff or curator and learn all about the fascinating collections housed here.

Bear Creek Nature Center - Pencil in time to play and add some extra fun to your trip here.

Colorado College - This landmark is an interesting backdrop for a selfie or two.

Old Colorado City - Stroll the sidewalks and take in the ambiance of this bustling location.

Helen Hunt Falls - Spend some time beside the water to relax and recharge your batteries.

Memorial Hospital Central - Well known among those who live here, this place is worth stopping by.

Manitou Incline - Relax and let nature's rugged beauty here soothe your soul.

Acacia Park - Arrange a picnic date and enjoy a walk around the beautiful plants.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Colorado Springs

Downtown Colorado Springs

Restaurants, parks, street art and some of the oldest buildings in Colorado Springs make this a must-see destination.

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Central Colorado Springs

While visiting Central Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Pikes Peak Center and Memorial Park.

Broadmoor

While visiting Broadmoor, you might make a stop by sights like Broadmoor Golf Club and World Figure Skating Museum.

Briargate

While visiting Briargate, you might make a stop by sights like Chapel Hills Mall and Pine Creek Golf Club.

East Colorado Springs

While visiting East Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Patty Jewett Golf Course and United States Olympic Complex.

Woodmen Valley

Woodmen Valley might not have many top sights, but Chapel Hills Mall and Colorado Springs House of Bounce are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Colorado Springs on a sunny day?

What to do in Colorado Springs on a rainy day?

Take advantage of rainy weather by signing up for an indoor activity, like a Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience or an Indoor Skydiving Experience.

What should I not miss in Colorado Springs?

Put these things toward the top of your must-see list to get the most out of your trip:

  • Garden of the Gods
  • US Air Force Academy
  • Pikes Peak
  • Cave of the Winds

Are there cheap things to do in Colorado Springs?

A Denver Haunted Pub Walking Tour - LoDo promises a great time without breaking the bank.

What can you do in Colorado Springs for free?

Your escape to Colorado Springs needn't break the bank with free attractions like these to discover:

  • Garden of the Gods
  • US Air Force Academy
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs