Home to Pikes Peak, the Olympic Training Center, and the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs is the gem of southern Colorado. The following attractions are gonna be your ultimate bucket list when coming to southern Colorado! I will be reviewing several places in Colorado Springs, but please remember, there is so much more to do! The following places are my favorite spots to come to when I am home!
Downtown Colorado Springs is full of history, art and culture. Home to many local businesses, book stores, cafés, and restaurants, you’ll find lots to do. Along Cascade and Tejon Street, there are several art sculptures and new insulation are featured every month.
Downtown Colorado Springs is packed with culture and history. One notable location downtown is the former Cotton Club. The Cotton Club was established in 1940, and owned by an African-American woman, Fannie Mae Duncan. Not only did this club allow for desegregation in the city, it also hosted big names like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Maliah Jackson. The Cotton club remain open until 1975 it is now known as the Thirsty Parrot(Also a fun place to party). Other famous night clubs in Colorado Springs include Cowboys, and the Mansion. There’s also a Pioneers Museum which incorporates the Old West and the natives of Colorado and the America the Beautiful Park. Another historic and heroic monument in Colorado Springs is the IAAF Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
This Resort Hotel is a beautiful place to stay, spa and brunch! The Broadmoor Hotel is a landmark in Colorado Springs, that has hosted many celebrities, politicians, athletes and artists. The Broadmoor outdoor area is open to the public, as you are able to walk around there outdoor lake and park. It also has a cafe, spa and restaurant! Bring some extra cash, because brunch is not cheap, however, it is very delicious! I remember growing up, my friends and I would always come here to do photo-shoots, because each room has such unique decor and wallpaper! Sometimes, we would even hang around the yellow striped pool cabanas, and get some great shots from there!
Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls is located in the North Cheyenne Canyon, right next to the Broadmoor Resort. This cascading waterfalls is a free attraction and has a hiking trail! If you want to continue to explore, drive further up the mountain and you will be on Gold Camp road. From here, you will have a view of entire Colorado Springs.
In the foothills of Pikes Peak, is the quint hippy town of Manitou Springs. Here you will find lots of art gallery’s, ice cream shops, The Incline, and the start of Pikes Peak Cog railway.
All throughout the town of Manitou, you will find local artists that have painted gorgeous murals, crafty brew shops, and local marijuana shops. You will also find an old school Penny Arcade, and Glen Eyre Castle.
In addition to all of these places, I recommend checking out Cave of the Winds, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Seven Falls. Take a quick drive up Highway 24, and you will find yourself in at the North Pole Amusement Park, Woodland Park, or Cripple Creek(A small mining town converted to a Casino town)! I wasn’t able to make it to each of these spots, but I am sure they will be worth going if you come to visit! Stay Tuned for my next location, its one of my hometown favorites!!
Until Next Time!