Colorado Springs Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- You will need a car Although the city does operate a public bus system, getting to many of Colorado Springs' most popular attractions will be difficult without a car.
- Note the altitude Because of Colorado Springs' high altitude (approximately 6,200 feet), visitors can experience dizziness or nausea. Avoid strenuous activity for the first day or two, and drink plenty of water.
- Beware of winter closures Winter is the city's low season and a lot of hotels close down. Make sure to call in advance before booking a room.
It's easy to see why Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the lyrics to the famous patriotic ballad "America the Beautiful" from Colorado Springs. Look in one direction and you'll see the majestic "purple mountains": the Colorado Rockies. Shift your eyes in the other direction to find yourself gazing out at "amber waves of grain": the Great Plains.
The beautiful scenery isn't the only reason to head to this former mining town. Colorado Springs is also home to such American institutions as the Air Force Academy and the Olympic Training Center. And over the years it's become a cross-section of personalities. Take to the streets and share the sidewalks with budding politicos, young families, art lovers and more: All stake their claim on this portion of America the Beautiful.
How To Save Money in Colorado Springs
- Avoid visiting in summer This is Colorado Springs peak tourism season, when prices are highest. You'll find brisk weather and cheaper rates if you visit in late spring or early fall.
- Think twice before taking the car Though a car is sometimes necessary, you can save money on gas and parking by exploring the city's neighborhoods on foot.
- Take advantage of free attractions Save some dough by admiring the Garden of the Gods or wandering around Manitou Springs.