This sunny mountain city offers a diverse and dramatic landscape, a wide variety of outdoor activities and a pioneer heritage to explore.

Much of the appeal of Colorado Springs lies in its scenic surroundings, which include the towering Rocky range and the unique red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods park.

A great place to start a visit to Colorado Springs is at Pikes Peak, one of the area’s most popular attractions. The famous mountain is closely linked to the nation’s early history and was a famous symbol of the 1859 gold rush to Colorado.

Hike up the popular Barr Trail to Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit. Or, from March through December, catch the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a leisurely ride to the top. After you descend the mountain, stop into the Garden of the Gods city park. This park sits at the foot of Pikes Peak and is known for its jagged red rock cliffs.

Other outdoor leisure activities include golf and white-water rafting on the nearby Arkansas River. This part of the Rockies is also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a favorite destination for families.

Delve into the frontier heritage of the area at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum or at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, both located in the city.

Finding your way around Colorado Springs is relatively simple. The city is built on a grid system, and buses and taxis are plentiful. Many visitors choose to drive, as parking and roads are good and many of the top sites, such as the Garden of the Gods, are only accessible by car.

Colorado Springs is generally mild and sunny, as the mountain range protects the city from harsh weather. However, there is still plenty to do if you need to stay indoors. Stop by the United States Air Force Academy, where you can see the striking modernist Cadet Chapel, or enjoy art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Where to stay in Colorado Springs

Downtown Colorado Springs
Downtown Colorado Springs featuring signage and a statue or sculpture

Downtown Colorado Springs

Known for Dining, Mountains, Gardens

4.5/5(201 reviews)

Restaurants, parks, street art and some of the oldest buildings in Colorado Springs make this a must-see destination.

Central Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs which includes a park, outdoor art and a fountain

Central Colorado Springs

3.5/5(207 reviews)

While visiting Central Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like United States Olympic Complex and Memorial Park.

East Colorado Springs
United States Olympic Complex which includes a statue or sculpture and outdoor art

East Colorado Springs

4/5(45 reviews)

While visiting East Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like United States Olympic Complex and Palmer Park.

Briargate
Focus on the Family Welcome Center showing signage

Briargate

4/5(655 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Briargate, Chapel Hills Mall and Pine Creek Golf Club are top sights worth seeing.

Broadmoor
El Pomar Carriage Museum featuring interior views

Broadmoor

5/5(18 reviews)

While visiting Broadmoor, you might make a stop by sights like Broadmoor Golf Club and World Figure Skating Museum.

Woodmen Valley
Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum

Woodmen Valley

4.5/5(71 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Woodmen Valley, Chapel Hills Mall and Adventure Golf and Batting Cages are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Colorado Springs

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
3.5 out of 5
8110 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
¥7,968
per night
Dec 3 - Dec 4

Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. University of Colorado-Colorado ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,537 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Reasonably priced. Staff is always helpful and courteous. Wonderful breakfast! Great amenities"…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
4 out of 5
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO
¥11,895
per night
Nov 26 - Nov 27

Located in Colorado Springs, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center, 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Broadmoor World Arena, and within 6 mi (10 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,969 reviews)

"Beautiful property, restaurant and bar with BIG screen"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
Motel 6 Colorado Springs, CO
Motel 6 Colorado Springs, CO
2 out of 5
8280 Voyager Pkwy at Razorback Road, Colorado Springs, CO
¥4,490
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Briargate, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chapel Hills Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pine Creek Golf Club and Adventure Golf and Batting Cages. ...

3.7/5Good! (149 reviews)

"Honestly, I was quite impressed at how modern and comfortable the room at this property was given the very reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Motel 6 Colorado Springs, CO

Popular things to do in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods

5/5(1,438 reviews)

Get a taste for the Colorado landscape as you explore this huge city park on your own or during a guided bus or Segway tour.

US Air Force Academy
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US Air Force Academy

4.5/5(499 reviews)

Enjoy a free tour of the military campus where young men and women are trained to be officers in the United States Air Force.

Pikes Peak
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Pikes Peak

4.5/5(922 reviews)

The second-most visited mountain in the world is an easy day trip from Colorado’s capital. 

Cave of the Winds
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Cave of the Winds

4.5/5(391 reviews)

Go on a subterranean adventure to explore caves, caverns and rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old. 

Cheyenne Mountain State Park
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park

4.5/5(362 reviews)

Thrill to the awesome scenery, hiking trails and wildlife spotting opportunities in the rugged foothills of a mountain.

United States Olympic Complex
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United States Olympic Complex

4.5/5(113 reviews)

Discover how Olympic and Paralympic champions are made when you tour this advanced training facility for athletes in numerous disciplines.

Top activities in Colorado Springs

JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
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JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods

¥9,572

Our most popular Jeep tour, this historic sight-seeing adventure is a great way to enjoy the Pikes Peak region!!! Our entertaining and informative cowboy guides take you through time along the foothills of Pikes Peak, highlighting scenery and some of Colorado Springs’ most famous historical sights.

HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT - Colorado Springs Sunrise
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HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT - Colorado Springs Sunrise

¥29,912

Alpenglow is a breath-taking sight from our hot air balloons as we fly serenely in the wake of the Rocky Mountain Front Range at sunrise. From the Spanish Peaks to Longs Peak, this is where the deer and the antelope play.

Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour
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Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour

¥13,052

This Pikes Peak Tour is a great way to explore what our beautiful state has to offer. You will experience some of the most breath taking views in Colorado, walk through the historic Manitou Springs, and have the opportunity to walk around the stunning Garden of the Gods and visit America's Mountain.

ZIPLINE TOUR - ColoRad
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ZIPLINE TOUR - ColoRad

¥10,279

Soar high above the foothills of historic Manitou Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak!!! You will indulge in excitement and spectacular vistas while ziplining over our stunning alpine canyon!!! Perched atop Gregory Gulch, our beautiful natural-terrain course features five ziplines, varying in length from 225 feet to 650 feet.

SEGWAY TOUR - Garden of the Gods - Juniper Loop
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SEGWAY TOUR - Garden of the Gods - Juniper Loop

¥10,007

A great way to experience one of nature's greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods!!! This tour includes sights such as South and North Gateway Rocks, Kissing Camels, Three Graces, Sleeping Giant, Park Overlook, and Praying Hands.

In-Home Mexican Cooking Classes
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In-Home Mexican Cooking Classes

¥8,965

Learn how to cook the most delicious homemade recipes. Authentic Mexican cuisine. 100% hands-on. We cook, we drink, we relax, we even dance and have lots of fun! Sample Menu • Mole Poblano - Mexican signature dish with over 20 ingredients! Chillies, Mexican chocolate, nuts, spices and vegetables.

Reviews of Colorado Springs

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1726
5 - Excellent 52.75061124694376%
4 - Good
1248
4 - Good 38.141809290953546%
3 - Okay
243
3 - Okay 7.4266503667481665%
2 - Disappointing
38
2 - Disappointing 1.1613691931540342%
1 - Terrible
17
1 - Terrible 0.519559902200489%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

Love Springs, people are freindly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Beautiful views of pikes peak, serene creek behind the hotel with access from stairs

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

Definitely go to the Garden of the Gods!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Feel the spirit of the mountains, evolve, always and be happy.

5/5 - Excellent

JSS

Nov 15, 2019

Walk slowly and take a deep breath.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

We’re not from here but it seems to be a great area with lots to offer

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