Nestled in the shadow of Pike's Peak, Colorado Springs is a beautiful tourist destination and an excellent gateway to the rugged wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado Springs offers the vacation of a lifetime, whether you are planning an adventure in the mountain wilderness or a relaxing escape. While you are here, go on a back country skiing expedition, stroll through the museums and low-key shopping districts, take in a breath of refreshing mountain air while riding up the steep slopes in a historic train, and relax in the mineral waters of a luxury spa.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Colorado Springs:
-Old Colorado City: Back in 1859, this western outpost saw its share of troublemakers, adventurers, and outlaws. Take a stroll through history and find out what life was like in this historic town.
-Garden of the Gods: Visit this beautiful nature center and preserved area with breathtaking red rock formations and natural monuments.
-Manitou Springs: Come here to ride the Pike's Peak Cog Railway to the summit of Pikes Peak. Once at the top, take in the same view that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful" in 1893.
-The Pike's Peak Toll Road: This famous old road is a lovely and secluded place near the summit of Pike's Peak to enjoy back country powder skiing and snowboarding.
- The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center: See and photograph real mountain wolves, one of the most majestic and threatened animals of the west.
-Historic Cripple Creek: A century ago, gold miners settled in this historic town on the southwest slope of Pike's Peak.
No matter what season you arrive here, you'll have no trouble finding a vacation rental in Colorado Springs. Rent a cabin in the wilderness for a mountain adventure or a condo downtown for easy access to great shopping and a buzzing nightlife.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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