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A Day in Colorado Springs

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All year round, Colorado Springs hosts millions of visitors from all walks of life and inclinations. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast or less adventurous travelers, the city offers diverse attractions and activities. Put on your best pair of hiking boots and grab your camera to explore the adventurous side of the city – Pikes Peak, Cave of the Wind, Cheyenne Canon, Seven Falls, the Garden of the Gods and more. If outdoor affair does not intrigue you much, you can head to art galleries, Air Force Academy, Olympic Center, museums and enjoy the historic Old Colorado City. Check out the fun itinerary to Colorado Springs and gather some awesome ideas on how to explore the city in 24 hours.

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Breakfast at 7:00 AM

If a good breakfast and a cup of great coffee are all you need to get you rolling, Urban Steam (1025 S Sierra Madre St )is the place you ought to be. The breakfast menu is simply awesome, dishing out some seriously good waffles, scrambles and toast, and a varieties of classic coffee options - Doppio, Cappucino, Macchiato, Americano, Cortado, Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Chai, Latte and other specialties.

the pink granite mountain - Pikes Peak at 8:00 AM

After the breakfast, head straight to the pink granite mountain - Pike Peaks at 8000 feet above Colorado Springs. Natural beauty abound, there are an array of activities you can indulge in. Outdoor nuts love to embark into the hiking trails and dare devils enjoy a drive along the twisted Pikes Peak Highway. You can hob on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway that will transfer you up and down the mountain. During the ride, they offer narrative audio guide and highlight the significance of the Peak. From the summit, soak in the picturesque views of Colorado Springs, the Continental Divide, and Cripple Creek.

Address: Cascade, Colorado 80809
Website: www.coloradosprings.gov

Meet the Athletes at U.S. Olympic Training Centers at 10:00 AM

Fancy exploring the place where Olympic young athletes are trained to realize their Olympic dreams? We recommend you opt for a guided tour given by one of the athletes of the facility, available from Monday through Saturday. This 35 acre, flagship training center houses several practice facilities for different type of sports, two large swimming pools and a visitor’s center that provides informative insights about the center. For more details and tour schedule, call ahead or visit the website.

Address: 1750 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: 888-656-8687 & 719-866-4618
Website: http://www.teamusa.org/

Explore the 500 million year old descent - Cave of the Winds at 11:00 AM

After admiring the young athletes, your next stop is Cave of the winds - a 500 million year old descent. Discover the world of geology through guided or unguided tours. If you want to opt for guided tours, you can select from two options - 'discover tour or 'lantern tour.' Call ahead to book a tour and note that kids are not allowed to participate in these tours. The knowledgeable guides will lead you through the beautiful cave, during which they will render loads of information about the place. Also recommended to explore the Wind Walker Challenge Course – cave’s newest attraction.

Address: 100 Cave of the Winds Rd, Manitou Springs, Colorado
Website: www.caveofthewinds.com

Stop for Lunch at 1:00 PM

Head to the Tejon Street to grap a good lunch. The street is lined up by scores of fine restaurants. For pizza and Italian delights, stop by IL Vicino Wood Oven Pizza (11 S Tejon St). If you love Mexican cuisine, Lucha Cantina (23 S Tejon St) will totally satiate you. American classic burgers are best served in The Green Line Grill (230 1/2 Pueblo Ave)

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museums at 2:00 PM

If you’re a history buff, by all means, you must visit Colorado Springs Pioneers Museums. The museum's display of artifacts and old photographs, help you trace the evolution history of Colorado Springs from mining town to the present sprawling tourist hub. It is open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Address: 215 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Phone: 1 719-385-5990
Website: www.cspm.org

Zoo Time at 3:00 PM

Take your adventure into exploring the Spring’ wild side. Hemmed on the side of the mountain, at an altitude of 6800 feet, this is the nation's only mountain zoo. Cheyenne zoo is a home to around 150 individual species and 800 creatures. The giraffe exhibit is a big hit among the visitors, especially kids, where you can hand feed and get up close with the animals. If the weather permits, do not miss a ride of the Mountaineer Sky Ride to see a spectacular view of the zoo. After a rendezvous with the exotic creatures, head a mile northwest of the zoo's entrance to visit the Will Rogers Shrine.

Address: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road | Colorado Springs, CO 80906-5755
Website: www.cmzoo.org

Retail or Spa Therapy at 5:00 PM

Now you have the choice to either get some retail therapy or a spa therapy in Broadmoor or perhaps stop at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museums to learn about the city’s history. The Broadmoor is a 3000 acres property that anchors several boutiques, shops, spa. This elite venue offers an array of shopping options, featuring trendiest collections and brands. If you don’t like shopping, you will definitely love the spa therapy here. The skillful spa practitioners use high end products and customized treatments to help you heal and rejuvenate.

Address: 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-634-7711
Website: www.broadmoor.com

Natural Beauty Abounds - Garden of the Gods at 6:30 PM

From Foothills to plains, to mountains, the natural beauty of the place absolutely justifies its ethereal title. You can indulge in many outdoor affairs here - hiking, nature talks, bird watching, walks and biking. The sandstone pillars formed from geological activity are majestic and simply enhance the beauty of the garden. There are guided tours available. The facility offers amenities, including Food/Beverage Service, Gift Shop, Foreign Language Guide, Handicapped Parking, Internet Access, Restrooms, Maps & Brochures, Restaurant on site, RV Parking, Retail Shop, Visitor Center on site. Make sure to drop by the visitor’s center to gather resourceful details about the garden and also to look at the informative displays and presentations.

Address: 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Website: www.gardenofgods.com

Dinner at 8:30 PM

Experience the best fondue dining experience at The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant. The restaurant's welcoming vibe, cozy and intimate setting, variety of cheese fondues served with fresh vegies and artisan breads, coupled with wine tasting opportunity in Mona's cellar - All add up to offer you a romantic and unforgettable dinner experience.

Address: 733 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado
Phone: (719) 685-0277
Website: www.seatme.yelp.com/r/mona-lisa-gourmet-cafe-fondue

Entertainment Hub - Manitou Springs at 10 PM

Complete your Colorado Springs vacation by visiting the Manitou Springs - hippie era hub that is adorned with funky boutiques, art galleries and alfresco cafes. Swing by the entertainment hub - Manitou Springs Penny Arcade http://www.manitouspringspennyarcade.com/. The arcade houses awesome antique collections, trendy video games, skeeball games, pinball tables, outdoor rides and much more. For grown ups, there are several bars and clubs to enjoy few rounds of drinks. Keg Bar and Grill, The (730 Manitou Ave) is one of the favorite nightlife spots for the locals. Stop by here to savor outstanding range of drinks. Townhouse lounge (907 Manitou Ave) is another great place to visit. With 12 beers on tap, ranging from locals to microbrews, 20 flat screens, karaoke, open jam night and much more - this is a cool venue to explore the city's night scene.

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