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Named after Kathryn Lee Bates' poem, the park is a sprawling property with trails, manicured lawns, 40-foot tall obelisks and other installations. America the Beautiful Park overlooks Pikes Peak and at night the obelisks glow. The park is also popular for those interested in UFO sightings. Scores of visitors come with transmitters, trying to contact the other world; it's like a party out there. Opens everyday at 5a.
This 193-acre park offers more recreation and entertainment options than most cruise ships. Besides the usual park offerings of tennis courts, ball fields, jogging paths and picnic shelters, it also offers swimming, fishing and sailing on Prospect Lake, as well as year round ice skating and hockey in the Sertich Ice Center. The park also plays host to the Colorado Balloon Classic and the annual 4th of July Celebration. Picnic shelters can be reserved in advance for family picnics and such.
This nifty museum allows you to go back in time 100 years while moseying through genuine Old West buildings. You can slip into an old saloon, visit a sheriff's office and the town jail, or even pan for gold. Cowboy fun can be had at the shooting gallery. Enter the nostalgic arcade to see how folks were once entertained before Nintendo and computer games. Set in Old Colorado City Historic District, in the historic Colorado Midland railroad structure, this museum is just minutes from downtown and is under cover, allowing for year round pleasure.
Located off of I-25, this hotel gives guests great access to downtown Colorado Springs, the airport, and Pikes Peak. It's a great place to come home to after a long day of sightseeing or business. All guestrooms feature a coffee maker, fluffy towels, and free Wi-Fi. In the mornings, enjoy a complimentary breakfast that includes waffles, oatmeal, and cereals. The fitness center boasts a variety of exercise equipment and a great view of the mountains!
The Broadmoor is considered by many to be the premier hotel in not only Colorado Springs, but in the entire state. No matter what your taste, you will find something to satisfy it here—the 3500-acre property holds 30 buildings, each with its own mix of classic and contemporary furnishings, a gorgeous spa and an on-site golf course. This Mediterranean-like resort in the Rocky Mountains is a little city on its own, boasting of every comfort, service and special feature imaginable. This is a truly luxurious experience worth the hefty price tag accompanying it. Note that rates change seasonally.
The best way to start the day is with a good breakfast, and Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Garden of the Gods offers exactly that. Enjoy delicious breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and fresh fruit before you venture out and explore such landmarks as Manitou Springs and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. After a day of sightseeing, you can relax in the pool or get your workout in for the day at the fitness center.
Spend a day at America's only mountainside zoo. The zoo features endangered species in mountain exhibits that resemble their natural habitat. You can walk the hilly terrain or catch the tram at one of seven stops. Hands-on contact with animals is permitted in front of the Aquatics building - giraffes will literally eat from your hand, and zoo crackers can be purchased at the entrance. Mountain weather changes rapidly, so bring a light jacket.
Partially encased by a one-mile canyon, the sight of seven separate falls splashing together down 181 vertical feet borders on stunning. Picturesque by day, dancing with color at night, this is not to be missed. Ride the elevator to the Eagles Nest observation platform for an great view or climb up 224 steps to reach the one-mile nature trail offering a panoramic peek of the city below. Parking is limited and scarce after 6p. Timings are subject to monthly change.
Goldminers Nuts & Candy is a family owned business, passed down from parents to the second generation in 2007. Here, you'll find a variety of fresh fudge made in loaf pans. Flavors include vanilla, jalapeno, raspberry chocolate swirl, and many more. They also offer an amazing selection of licorice from around the world that you can combine and purchase by the pound. Visit the store and you're sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Traverse back in time with this eccentric yet iconic arcade venue in Manitou Springs. In what seems like an entertainment space frozen in time, the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade requires quarters for most of its games, and there is nothing like a little inexpensive fun to make the day. As much a tourist attraction as it is a functional arcade, the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade invites plenty of folk from out of town who want to see this old-world wonder. For new-age gaming enthusiasts, it is imperative to know that this archaic arcade consists of irreplaceable gems from the video-game realm such as pinball, Mutoscopes, 12 player mechanical-horse racing machine and Skeeball.
To take some of the worry out of travelling, this hotel provides a free shuttle from the airport. During your stay, you'll have access to free Wi-Fi, the fitness center, and the indoor pool. Business amenities include AV equipment for rent and a 24-hour business center. All guest rooms feature a 32-inch HDTV, a coffee maker, and a work desk with an ergonomic chair. Whether you're there to be productive, or to see the beauty that Colorado has to offer, you'll have a comfortable place to go home to at the end of the day.
Anyone with an interest in mechanical things that leave the ground will enjoy this museum. It is located in the original art deco-styled Colorado Springs Passenger Terminal Building. With its military setting, it looks exactly like one of those buildings used in 1950s sci-fi movies when horrible, giant ants terrorized man. The focus of the museum is on early aviation history, with an emphasis on World War II. Since it is inside Peterson Air Force base, you will need identification to enter and access is restricted. Entry to the museum is free.