If you've booked yourself into a Manitou Springs Bed and Breakfast, why not expand your vacation to include a few of the nearby Colorado Springs attractions? You'll love exploring the mountains and sights around Colorado Springs, and the best part is that they're all within half an hour's drive of your cozy Manitou Springs Inn. Here are some of BBOnline's top picks for Colorado Springs attractions:
Garden of the Gods
1805 N 30th St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
This incredible park is free to the public and offers some of the most spectacular views to be had in Colorado Springs. Attractions are numerous, as the 1,319-acre park is filled with giant nature-sculpted rocks that have been inspiring visitors for years. You can hike through the park or go through on horseback. Picnicking and rock climbing are also popular activities. Stop in at the Visitor's Center on your way in or out. To get even more from your visit, BBOnline recommends first viewing the video on the Garden of the Gods (shown daily at 10 a.m.) at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.
PO Box 1575 MC 060
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
You can't visit Colorado Springs without seeing its most famous attraction: Pikes Peak. Entrance to head up to the summit is $10 or $12 per person (depending on the time of year) or $35 or $40 per carload. The entrance gates are open most of the day, but do check the times beforehand as they change with the seasons. Pikes Peak is popular for fishing, hiking or even snowshoeing, and don't forget your camera for snapshots of the amazing views. You can make the ascent by car, train or on foot. Incidentally, the hiking path begins in Manitou Springs, bringing this Colorado Springs attraction even closer to your Manitou Springs Inn.
US Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, CO 80840
The inspiring campus of the US Air Force Academy is also worth a visit for those traveling to Colorado Springs. The USAF Academy is one of the most prestigious schools in the USA, and you can take the opportunity to explore Arnold Hall, the Fieldhouse, the Athletic Center and the Stadium. There are several overlooks that afford scenic views of the surrounding area, but the Cadet Chapel is the crowning glory of the campus. The campus is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the visitor's center holding opening hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. You will not be permitted to walk around with a large bag or backpack.
Glen Eyrie Castle
3820 N 30th St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
This beautiful castle nestled at the foot of the mountains amidst towering pines is used now as a Christian Retreat, offering various events to rejuvenate the spirit. However, it's also open to daily viewings and tours. Tours are offered daily at 1 p.m. for just $6 per person, including a video. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours and requires a reservation, so call ahead. There are further tours offered during the peak season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You can also attend one of the daily teas, again reservations are required.