If you're looking for natural beauty, Colorado Springs is a nature-lover's dream, with the drama of Pike's Peak and the Rockies always in the background. If you're a fan of science, this is where Nicola Tesla conducted his 1899 work on wireless electricity. Nowadays, Colorado Springs is electrified by a lively mix of parks and nature trails, the arts, and nightlife. Oh, and there's an alpaca ranch -- need we say more? Snag one of the many Colorado Springs hotel deals available to see for yourself what this city has to offer.
Out and About in Colorado Springs
Nature's been generous with this area. The Garden of the Gods Park showcases 300 million years of geological magnificence on over 1,300 acres of hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and birding. Are you feeling adventurous? The amazing Royal Gorge is the ultimate white-water thrill ride, from challenging rapids to lazy rafting among gorgeous scenery. Once you're done, head over to the Cheyenne Mountain State Park to meet the wildlife, or try your hand at archery.
If shopping is more your type of adventure, stroll through Old Colorado City for shops, art galleries, a farmers market, and dining in a romantic historical area. Stop by the Colorado City Creamery to enjoy one of their 32 handmade flavors. For a bit of history, visit Cripple Creek Mining District, site of the richest gold strike in American history. Take the narrow-gauge railroad through the district, and go 1,000 feet underground to an old goldmine.
Eating and Drinking
With all the daytime thrills in Colorado Springs, it's no surprise that the city also offers a lively nightlife. Enjoy an al fresco meal at Shuga's, a restaurant and bar serving up delicious dishes such as the shrimp soup and drinks such as the Urban Garden cocktail. Handcrafted beer is a big thing in this city, and you will find no shortage of microbreweries. A visit to Phantom Canyon Brewing Company will not disappoint as it is the oldest brewery in town. For those who prefer the grape, there's even a winery, and fine dining can be had at almost any of the Colorado Springs hotels.