Pulpit Rock, Colorado Springs. Photo by Intricate Explorer on Unsplash
Colorado Springs. Also known as Little London or simply, The Springs.
One of the most prominent cities in the Front Range Urban Corridor, Colorado Springs, is among the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Its natural beauty, wonderful parks, great food, and numerous attractions bring millions of visitors every year to the city.
If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best places to visit Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods
Balanced Rock. Photo by Ahodges7, Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0
Probably the most obvious and prominent tourist attraction in Colorado Springs. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971, Garden of the Gods is a public park with stunning scenic beauty.
The huge natural rock formations — mostly red or pink in color — are surreal. And there are so many of them. The two most famous of the formations, Balanced Rock and Kissing Camels, leave the visitors amazed.
Other notable structures in the park include the Three Graces, Sentinel Spires, the Cathedra Spires, and the Sleeping Giant.
The park also offers hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding if you are looking for some more fun.
The park is open till 9 PM, so you can stay back for a memorable sunset and enjoy the Garden’s beauty in fading light.
Standing at 14,115-foot, Pikes Peak is the highest summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
While you can drive (if you are feeling adventurous), hike, or take a shuttle to the summit, a great option is to ride the Cog Railway, the highest railroad in the world. Along with the truly breathtaking views, you will get to enjoy some fascinating stories and history.
Undoubtedly one of the most scenic attractions in Colorado Springs, with plenty of opportunities for great photos.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit the gift shops and get yourself a cool souvenir!
A word of caution, though. As you get to the top, the air becomes increasingly thin, and you may start to feel the effects of altitude sickness. So stay hydrated, and maybe, take a can of oxygen with you.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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The highest and one of the best zoos in America.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is situated at an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level. Spanning 146 acres, the zoo has over a dozen exhibits with more than 750 animals from nearly 150 different species, including dozens of endangered species.
Among the most loved and talked about attractions is the giraffe exhibit, which is designed such that you are at their eye level. People love to pet and feed them.
Another highlight is the enthralling Mountaineer Sky Ride that gives you a tour of a few of the exhibits from above.
National Museum of World War II Aviation
If you have any interest in the history of the World Wars or combat aircraft, this is your place.
The National Museum of World War II features 28 fully restored flying aircraft. From Fairchild PT-19 to North American T-6 Texan, they have got it all!
Besides an extensive collection that includes more than 4,000 artifacts and historical documents from the World War II era, the museum also has a number of restored and operational vehicles used by US forces and their allies during the war. The jeeps and trucks on display are fascinating.
World War II was an important event in our history. And this museum is an amazing place to get a glimpse of it.
So these were some of the places you must visit if you’re in Colorado Springs. I must add that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, and there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.
Also, please follow the guidelines. Have fun but stay safe.