Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is a charming place perfect for just about anyone – from culture connoisseur and adventure seekers to food enthusiasts and people looking to kick back and relax in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.
If you’re like me, you will dabble in a bit of everything – grabbing a tasty meal before heading off for a relaxing afternoon at the spa at the end of an adventurous day outdoors. There is so much to do here. Colorado Springs is truly one of those hidden gems that will take you by surprise.
This post covers all the fun things to do in Colorado Springs for adults, as well as, where to stay and safety tips.
Things to do in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is a vibrant area filled with art, outdoor activities, and entertainment to satisfy any vibe. There’s a reason this place is ranked one of the top cities to live in the U.S. Here are my favorite things to do in Colorado Springs:
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
Garden of the Gods is comprised of over 1,300 acres and known for their large sandstone formations.
You can opt for a self-guided tour or join one of their free guided walking tours which takes you through the history of these unusual rock formations. If you’re looking for a bit more, the area also has 15 miles of hiking paths to choose from.
Admission is free and they are open daily from 8am-7pm (Summer hours) and 9am-5 pm (Winter hours).
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Your one-stop gift shop for anything to remember your trip by. Garden of the Gods Trading Post is the largest and oldest gift shop with a rich history. Dating back to 1909 as a souvenir shop where it remains today showing visitors American Indian art and history.
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
For wine lovers, a visit to the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is a great choice. They have a free tasting room serving award winning wines daily with serene views of the mountains.
Old Colorado City
This used to be a city of its own, but now is a historic neighborhood, easily walkable and known for unique shopping stores, galleries, and dining.
La Baguette is a popular French bakery specializing in bread and delicious pastries. It is loved by many in the community and a must visit for you.
Things to do in Pikes Peak Region
Pikes Peak (aka America’s Mountain) is one of the most visited peaks in the world attracting over one million visitors annually. Besides the splendid views, you will find at the top, the region is home to tons of activities such as caving, river rafting, museums, and castles!
Let’s explore the top things to do around the Pikes Peak region.
Reserve a Jeep Tour
Jeep tours are a great way to explore the outdoors. Colorado Jeep Tours offers tons of packages ranging from half to full day excursions – some even coming with sunset and dinner. Oh la la.
Downtown Manitou Springs
What I love about Downtown Manitou Springs is there is always something going on from markets to beer tours. You can easily spend a few hours here strolling through the historic area and awe-ing at the natural springs that have given this town their claim to fame.
Admission is $10 USD and worth every penny. This is a museum that has been restored and officially a national historic place. But for me, the real charmer here is they have a Tearoom, people! This is not a drill. Ya’ll know how I feel about my afternoon tea. This Victorian-style tea room is a must, but remember to book your reservation in advance.
Things to do in Colorado Springs Indoors
Step inside and explore the culinary scene, pamper yourself all afternoon at a spa, or learn about the region at a museum. There are plenty of indoor entertainment options to keep you busy for all long as you need.
For food enthusiasts, stop by the hottest new spot, Lincoln Center. This was once an elementary school before it was re-imagined into a place for freshly baked bread, craft beers, and fitness. You can literally eat your carbs and burn them off all in the same place!
Craft Beverage Tours
Get your drink on and mingle on a craft beverage tour. Choose from a craft beverage bus with Colorado Craft Tours and sample your way through all the local breweries and libations.
What better place to learn about the local culture and history than the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum? Stroll through exhibits and over 80,000 photos dating back to the late 19th century. The Spanish style building itself is eye-appealing with gorgeous domed clock tower at the top.
Romantic Hotels in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is just as much a fun destination for couples as it is for families. Since I don’t have any children, I found this to be the perfect place for a fun (and romantic) weekend getaway. Here are the places you should stay if you’re looking to dine, relax, and soak in the hot tub together.
Garden of the Gods Resort and Spa features a full spa and golf course, as well as, an array of food options and fitness center. You can check in and never leave. But if you decide to, you are just a short drive from the Gardens of the Gods.
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One night at Glen Eyrie Castle will have you feeling like you’re living in a fairy tale. Enjoy tea in their lavish tea room or stay cozy in one of their unique rooms fit for royalty. If you need a breath of fresh air, hammocks are available to kick back and enjoy each other’s company.
Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the real winner in my book. They offer golf, swimming, tennis, and a lake for sailing. Not to mention restaurants and bars. It really is a place to come and hang out without ever being bored.
Tips for Visiting Colorado Springs
Leave No Trace Behind
Colorado Springs is an outdoor adventure destination opening itself to visitors from around the world. With tourism comes a responsibility to respect the wildlife and leave no trace behind. Please don’t litter, stay on trails and care for the attractions.
Wear Correct Hiking Attire
Exercise shorts with a pocket to hold my phone or cards which I LOOOOVE
Dry-fit tee or tank with moisture wicking and a sports bra
Hiking boots or at the very least, comfortable tennis shoes depending on the difficulty of the hike.
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Hydration backpack that keeps up to 2L of water cool. This lightweight backpack also has 3 storage areas and a mesh flap that can store snacks, keys, cards, maps, whatever.
Sun Bum Spray Sunscreen with SPF70 with no parabens and cruelty-free.
Lip Balm Sunscreen with SPF30 and long-lasting. Plus it has shea moisturizer so your lips stay hydrated and smooth all hike long.
Colorado Springs is known as the ideal place for unique outdoor recreation, surrounded by stunning scenery. It’s the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for couples, friend-cations, solo excursions, and weekend getaways. There are activities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities, ranging from mild, leisurely nature walks to extreme water sports as well as hikes and challenges for fitness-enthusiasts. So what are you waiting for?
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