Colorado Springs, CO
Fall is the most perfect time of year to rent an RV and travel to Colorado Springs! This is an ideal vacation destination in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains where the air is pure, skies are blue, temperatures cool and the aspen trees offer a beautiful array of color. Named by Outdoors Magazine as “America’s Best City”, this beautiful city is excitingly vibrant with plenty of attractions that will make your fall vacation memorable.
Surrounded by natural beauty, the city sits at the foot of one of America’s most famous landmarks – Pikes Peak – which inspired the national song “America the Beautiful”. Naturally, one will want to view this glorious site-whether by driving to the top or taking the cog railway. Another natural wonder you won’t want to miss while here is one of the nation’s most famous parks – the Garden of the Gods – which is nestled in the foothills just west of the city. These geological red sandstone wonders are truly amazing and worth seeing! You can hike, take tours or horseback rides and get some fantastic panoramic photos! The views are truly spectacular!
If you like cave tours, then you’re in for a treat! Cave of the Winds is a true adventure with limestone corridors, geological wonders such as stalactites and other bizarre natural formations. The temperature inside is a cool 54 degrees and contains no natural light. You might want to bring a sweater or light jacket for this tour.
If you are traveling with children, you might want to take them to see Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. This is the only zoo in the US that truly resides on the side of a mountain! Here you can not only view the beautiful mountain scenery but hand feed the giraffes too! See the Snow Leopard or Amur Tiger or let the kids take a pony ride. This will be a treat the whole family will enjoy.
If you love waterfalls then be sure and take a trip to Seven Falls, located in Box Canyon. Here you can climb the stairs or take a 14 story elevator up through solid rock to the Eagle’s Nest. There you will see a 181 foot waterfall cascading down ‘seven steps’ of granite walls. While here take a hike to “Inspiration Point”. The natural beauty and views are unbelievable.
Just north of Colorado Springs on Interstate 25 at the base of the mountains the US Air Force Academy is not only home to future Air Force officers but also the third most popular tourist attraction in Colorado with over a million visitors a year! At the north gate you can catch a glimpse of a B-52 bomber. Once on campus, the A-frame Cadet Cathedral with 17 magnificent spires reaching 150 feet into the sky is a spectacular site to see. The visitor’s center will provide a movie history of US Air Force Academy and is full of exhibits.
While visiting Colorado Springs there are museums to enjoy as well. Explore an authentic Ghost Town Museum, a fun and historic 1800’s ‘boomtown’ of the “wild west” where you can visit a black smith’s shop, general store, livery stable and more. You might also want to visit the Pioneer Museum which is located downtown in a beautifully restored 1903 County Courthouse. A visit to the Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum will allow you to experience the life of an outlaw as you step into a cell of yester-year. At the Western Museum of Mining and Industry you can encounter what it was like in the Gold Rush days. “Focus on the Family“ is also located here and offers free entertainment for children, a play area with a 3 story slide, an ice cream parlor, bookstore and visitor center. Obviously, there are a lot of things to do and see in this fantastic city.
Between Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, is Manitou Springs which derives its name from the 11 mineral springs that are fed by the snows of Pikes Peak. It is home to Manitou Cliff Dwellings & Museum with pre-historic ruins, artifacts and more. Many artists reside here and many fine art galleries line the avenues of this town and provide a shopper’s haven for ceramics, paintings, pottery & glass ware and more.
No Colorado vacation would be complete without a side trip to Cannon City to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This bridge is the world’s highest suspension bridge hanging 956 feet high and spans a quarter of a mile across the canyon and is considered a “world wonder”. This area offers breath taking views of an enormous canyon, the world’s largest single span aerial tram, attractions, burro rides, trail rides, incline railway, white water rafting, train excursions, jeep tours and many more attractions.
If you are interested in riding an old steam narrow gauge locomotive, gold rush history, Victorian homes or gaming, then you might want to visit Cripple Creek. Here you can visit the world’s greatest gold camp, the Mollie Kathleen Mine, Old Homestead Museum, Jail Museum, the Cripple Creek-Victor Railroad, Butte Opera & Theatre, shopping, dining, casinos and more.
Wherever your vacation plans take you in Colorado, you’ll be sure that Colorado Springs & the Pike Peak Region will make memories of a lifetime for you and your family and offer plenty of outdoor adventure! Be sure to visit visitcos.com for more visitor information, history, travel guides and RV park locations.