- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Let's get one thing straight: Manitou Springs is not a part of Colorado Springs, and residents here won't hesitate to remind you of that. Unlike its much-larger neighbor, this small town in the Rocky Mountain foothills (about 6 miles northwest of central Colorado Springs) has rejected urbanization. Instead, Manitou Springs — now a National Historic District — remains a charming hippie-era haven filled with art galleries, funky boutiques and outdoor cafes.
Consider spending at least two hours aimlessly wandering around town or stretching your legs along the nearby hiking trails. Recent visitors also insist that you stop by the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade (also known as Arcade Amusements, Inc.). Located in the heart of town, this arcade has roughly 250 old fashioned gaming machines — all still priced by the penny as they were originally. "I went to The Penny Arcade back in the sixties and some of the same machines are still being used today," one TripAdvisor user said. "[I] Took my daughter there (at age 7) and she loved it and wants to return every year while we are on vacation."
Manitou Springs is located on Highway 24, and many visitors pass through on their way to Pikes Peak (Pikes Peak Railway passengers will find the train depot here). But travelers say that spending a few hours exploring this unique mountain town is a must. For more information on what to see and do here, check out the Manitou Springs website.