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Best Things To Do in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs beckons to two specific types of travelers: nature lovers and culture hounds. Throughout the year, thousands of people grab their hiking boots and cameras to explore natural sights like Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Less-adventurous travelers peruse the funky art galleries in Manitou Springs, enjoy the Old West feel of Old Colorado City or acquire some airplane expertise at the Air Force Academy. Just make sure to save some energy for after sundown: Colorado Springs likes to let loose in the evenings.

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#1
Garden of the Gods Free attraction
Hiking, Natural Wonders | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: It's easy to see how this natural landmark earned such an ethereal title: These magnificent red rock formations look ... read more»

#2
Pikes Peak
Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Rising 8,000 feet above Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak — aka "America's Mountain" — has been beckoning to visitors since the ... read more»

#3
Manitou Springs Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Let's get one thing straight: Manitou Springs is not a part of Colorado Springs, and residents here won't ... read more»

#4
United States Olympic Training Center Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center of the U.S. Olympic team ... read more»

#5
North Cheyenne Cañon Park Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're visiting Colorado Springs during the summer, consider spending a day at North Cheyenne Cañon Park, located about ... read more»

#6
United States Air Force Academy Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Do you feel the need … the need for speed? Then plan a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy ... read more»

#7
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Animal lovers say that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must if you're visiting Colorado Springs with kids. Located ... read more»

#8
Old Colorado City Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting just west of the downtown area is Old Colorado City, the original capital of the Colorado Territory. Founded back ... read more»

#9
Red Rock Canyon Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Arizona and Utah aren't the only states that boast rosy rocks — Colorado has them, too. And you don't ... read more»

#10
Mueller State Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When you don't feel like driving nearly three hours to Rocky Mountain National Park, Mueller State Park makes for ... read more»

#11
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: After you've toured the historic streets of Old Colorado City, consider making a stop at the Colorado Springs Pioneers ... read more»

#12
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: To get a taste for the city's rich as a Colorado Gold Rush mining town, stop at the Western ... read more»

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