Summer may be coming to an end but don’t let that stop you planning the perfect vacation!
Colorado Springs may not be the first city you think of when planning your next trip, but it should be! We’re bursting with pride over all our city has to offer, from our nationally recognized Olympic spirit, amazing food and top-rated accommodations to our love of the arts, breathtaking outdoors, and our wild west history—we have it all! Colorado Springs is quite certainly the perfect vacation city!
Add a few of these Colorado Springs’ favorites to your itinerary!
Olympic City USA
Colorado Springs is the proud home of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) due to its elevation and temperate weather. While many athletes live and train at a center just outside of downtown, the administrative headquarters are located in the heart of the hustle and bustle. In addition, Colorado Springs is also home to 20+ National Olympic Governing Bodies and more than 50 National Sports Organizations. It’s not uncommon to meet U.S. Olympians while eating and playing in downtown – that’s what makes us Olympic City USA and the new home of a soon-to-be-built Olympic Museum (opening 2018)!
Our chefs are making waves in the culinary world with new restaurants and innovative concepts. Take Sun Mountain Café in Old Colorado City, for instance, that serves a fresh caprese salad in a glass jar filled with savory smoke, or Brother Luck Street Eats where you can order a watermelon and pop rock salad (read about their recent Food Tour Network appearances here). As a food tour company, we of course are partial to many local restaurants that are doing exciting things – from an all pork food truck to a new “cidery,” there’s something delicious for everyone! (Tip: take our food tour to find out much more about the local scene!)
The Broadmoor Hotel is the only five-star, five-diamond resort in all of Colorado, and it’s located just south of downtown Colorado Springs! Not only does this resort offer a lake, plush accommodations, spa, golf course, and outdoor pool, but it also boasts nearly a dozen fantastic restaurants. History buffs may also stay downtown in the refurbished Antlers Hotel, originally built by Colorado Springs’ founding father General William Jackson Palmer in 1873.
Arts and Culture
The Gallery of Contemporary Art, which falls under the banner of UCCS, has ever changing thought-provoking and cutting edge exhibits year round. And what’s great for the budget conscious traveler, both their campus and downtown locations are free! There are several other reasons why Colorado Springs attracts art lovers including the large art gallery, school, and theater at the Fine Arts Center, the quirky Millibo Art Theater, and the fact that downtown Colorado Springs is a certified Colorado Creative District.
It’s widely known that Colorado Springs is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream given its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, beautiful hiking and biking trails, campsites, and lakes. Our city sits in the shadow of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak, and is also home to a registered National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods. Characterized by ruddy rocks that spike into the bright blue sky, Garden of the Gods attracts millions of visitors a year to marvel as its wonder.
Wild West History
While Colorado was still a territory, settlers and miners made camp in what is now called Old Colorado City, a National Historic District that was eventually annexed into Colorado Springs. This was the site of Colorado’s first capitol – but only for nine months! Before Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs were founded in 1871 and 1872, respectively, Native American Indians occupied the land. By the turn-of-the-century, the area was mixed with cowboys, settlers, and millionaires who made their spoils from the silver and gold rushes. Find out more about Colorado Springs’ fascinating past by visiting the Pioneers Museum, which is free and conveniently located in downtown Colorado Springs. (Tip: take our food tour to find out much more about local history!)
During your stay in Colorado Springs, the perfect vacation city, make sure to book a food tour with us! Wine and dine in and around town and experience the story of our amazing city through its food and history.