My Visit to Colorado Springs
As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I couldn’t wait to make my first-ever visit to Colorado Springs. And this Colorado city didn’t disappoint – I couldn’t believe the majestic mountain vistas and all the outdoor adventure that you could pack into a single three-day weekend. Here’s a closer look at my visit to Colorado Springs.
It all started with choosing the perfect place to stay. I eventually settled on The Antlers, now part of the Wyndham collection of hotels. The hotel has a colorful past, and was actually the first-ever hotel ever built in Colorado Springs. It officially opened up in June 1883, and has been a must-visit destination for celebrities, politicians and sophisticated travelers ever since. Best of all, it’s near Pikes Peak, making it very easy to get to and from the city’s premier tourist landmark.
On my first day, I wanted to soak up some of the city’s historic past, and that led me to the Old Colorado City Historic District, which was the original capital of the Colorado Territory during the 19th century. It has a distinctly “Wild West” vibe to it, and there are plenty of ways to spend a full day there – like retail shops, small bakeries and cafes, and artist studios. I walked away with an original painting of the Garden of the Gods that I plan to hang in my home as soon as it’s framed.
The second day of my trip was entirely dedicated to a day in Pike National Forest and hiking the trails of Pikes Peak. What I found out from local guides is that Pikes Peak isn’t even the tallest peak of the Rockies – instead, it only ranks about thirtieth! But it’s easily the most famous, serving as the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful.” And, indeed, from the very highest point of Pikes Peak, it’s easy to stare out at the vast expanse of country – the majestic peaks, the rolling hills and the clean mountain air – and marvel at a nation so magnificent.
On my third day, it was time to check out the Garden of the Gods, one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the state. If you haven’t seen photos of the Garden of the Gods, you should really check them out – there are literally thirty-foot boulders and red sandstone formations that look like they’ve been arranged by some god-like creature. You can rest assured that I took plenty of photos that I’ll be posting to social media as soon as I’m back home.
In between these three classic tourist destinations, I also managed to get a much better feel for the rhythm and hum of the city, including an out-of-this-world pizza dinner at the bottom of Pikes Peak, in which I was seemingly transported to Victorian England for the meal! I even got to meet some of the young cadets at the local U.S. Air Force Academy – apparently, Fargo’s Pizza is one of their big hangout spots.
All in all, my visit to Colorado Springs, Colorado was a really exciting time. I got to experience the unique Wild West feel of the state, while also coming face-to-face with some of the most amazing natural wonders in the country. If you’re thinking of where to travel next, I can highly recommend Colorado Springs.