Welcome to Colorado Springs, Colorado, a true gem nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Thanks to enchanting natural landscapes, this vibrant city offers an invigorating escape for all nature lovers and adventure seekers.
The colossal sandstone formations of the Garden of the Gods and the serene summit of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for “America the Beautiful,” are just two of the abundant breathtaking sights found in Colorado Springs. Delve into the city’s rich history at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the Barry Goldwater Visitor Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Feel the city’s modern pulse on a visit to activity-rich locales like Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, and Downtown Colorado Springs. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast in search of hiking trails and picturesque vistas or a connoisseur of art and culture, Colorado Springs promises an unforgettable journey filled with wonder and excitement. Here are just a few of Colorado Springs’ attractions that are sure to wow group travelers.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
Colorado Springs is known as Olympic City USA, in reference to The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum—a world-class tribute to the Team USA athletes. The museum uses cutting-edge technology and interactive exhibits to celebrate the height of athletic achievement from the ancient games to inspirational stories of strength and discipline today. Accessible and engaging displays offer a profound glimpse into the athletes’ personal journeys, dedication to their sport, and triumphs on the world stage, creating an unforgettable experience that fosters a deeper appreciation for the spirit of sport and human perseverance.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is an awe-inspiring destination in nearby Cañon City, Colorado. Suspended 956 feet above the Arkansas River, the walkable bridge is one of the highest in the world, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the steep canyon and surrounding mountains. Thrilling attractions like the Skycoaster and Cloudscraper Zip Line add excitement, making it a must-visit for adrenaline seekers and those seeking an encounter with nature’s grandeur.
The Broadmoor and Manitou Pikes Peak Cog Railway/Summit Visitor Center
All aboard the Cog Railway for an unforgettable trip to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak –America’s Mountain. The new Summit Visitor Center offers museum-quality exhibits, a cafe (order the doughnuts!), an expansive gift shop, and striking 360-degree views from both inside the building and outside on the observation deck and walkway.
Garden of the Gods Park
The Garden of the Gods is a mesmerizing natural wonder, a geological masterpiece sculpted by time, wind, and water. Its iconic red sandstone formations rise dramatically against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, a must-see landscape for any nature-loving traveler. Popular for hiking, rock climbing, and photography, this city park captivates visitors with its unique beauty and offers an escape into the wonders of the natural world.
Flying W Ranch
The Flying W Ranch is a quintessential Western experience. Rooted in rich cowboy traditions, this historic ranch offers a delightful blend of Western cuisine, live entertainment, and cowboy-themed activities. Groups can savor delicious chuckwagon-style meals, sing along with the Flying W Wranglers, and explore the scenic beauty of the ranch’s surroundings. The Flying W Ranch delivers an authentic taste of the Old West, creating cherished memories for visitors of all ages.
Colorado Springs experiences all four seasons, but with low humidity, the summers and winters are relatively mild, making for a comfortable year-round destination. Downtown Colorado Springs recently welcomed an outdoor stadium, home to the city’s pro soccer team, and just broke ground on the Sunset Amphitheater, which will host major musical acts beginning in late 2024. The U.S. Air Force Academy is opening its new visitor center in early 2025 and its Cadet Chapel is currently closed for an extensive renovation that is expected to be completed in 2027. There’s always something to look forward to in Colorado Springs, no matter the season.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
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