Tips for a Fabulous Day Trip To Colorado Springs
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What to Bring:
1. Water bottle (got to keep hydrated!)
2. Camera (because Instagram - duh!)
3. Jacket (most areas of Colorado Springs are 1,000-2,000 feet higher in elevation than Denver)
4. SPF (keep the skin looking young of course!)
Stop 1: Garden of the Gods
Start your morning early by visiting Garden of the Gods. The earlier you get here, the less tourists there are photo-bombing the pictures you’ll want to Instagram. You can stop in areas all across the park to see several red rock formations, including the famous kissing camels, and gorgeous views of Pikes Peak. After you’ve left the park, take a quick drive up Mesa Road towards the Garden of the Gods Country Club to a spectacular scenic view of the red rocks nestled under a snow covered Pike Peak.
Stop 2: La Baguette
This French bakery and cafe is the perfect place to stop for coffee and the most delicious croissants you will taste outside of France. After enjoying your sweet treats walk around Old Colorado City and visit the local boutiques, like Eve’s Revolution or Barracuda Bazaar, for fashionable finds!
Stop 3: Manitou Springs
Technically Manitou Springs is a separate town from Colorado Springs, but it’s gorgeous and worth a visit. This historic small town's main street is lined with local boutiques, restaurants and quaint hotels that will make for a fun early afternoon stroll. Don’t forget to try different flavors of yerba maté at The Maté Factor Café--and yes, maté is what Maestro Rodrigo drinks in Amazon’s original series Mozart in the Jungle.
Stop 4: The Broadmoor
After leaving Manitou Springs, take the back roads along the Cheyenne Mountains towards the only five star resort in Colorado - The Broadmoor. The Broadmoor, originally built in the early 1900’s, offers shopping, food, sports and a lake in the middle of the resort—totally Instagram worthy! Walk around the grounds of this picturesque resort and eat lunch at any of their restaurants including La Taverne (request to sit in the garden room), Golden Bee (a British style pub) or Natural Epicurean (locally grown organic dishes). After lunch, walk around the lake and into Broadmoor West to see the wall of famous celebrities who have stayed at the resort, including (most) United States Presidents, Prince Harry, Shirley Temple and Goldie Hawn. You may even be able to stop at PLaY- a bowling alley and lounge, ride a paddle boat on the lake, or shop at any of the clothing, art, jewelry, sports or candy shops!
Stop 4 (Alternative): Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
If you still want to stay close to the mountains, take a drive up to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Your typical Colorado zoo, only it’s nestled into a mountain! See the giraffes, monkeys and hippos before you take a ski gondola up to see gorgeous views of the city and Colorado mountains!
Step 5: Heading Home
Jump on I-25, sit back and enjoy to the sunset and views of downtown Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak and the rest of the Colorado Springs mountain range on your drive home.