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City Pulse: The Only Guide to Colorado Springs, Colo. You Need

Destination & Tourism | Ryan Rudnansky | May 14, 2015

City Pulse: The Only Guide to Colorado Springs, Colo. You Need

We Say:

Colorado Springs, the second-most populous city in Colorado, not only features a variety of metropolitan attractions, but its geography makes it a popular destination among tourists and outdoor adventurers.

Located at the base of the Southern Rocky Mountains and famous mountain Pikes Peak (boasting a summit higher than any point in the U.S. east of its longitude), Colorado Springs is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Of course, the fact that it houses the United States Air Force Academy and Fort Carson makes it a popular military attraction, as well.

Tack on a wide variety of local craft breweries, tour companies, family-friendly attractions, theaters, al fresco dining and famous hotels, and you have a destination that appeals to just about any type of traveler.

They Say:

“Colorado Springs is the most populous city of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. It is located just east of the geographic center of the state and 61 miles (98 km) south of the Denver. At 6,035 feet (1839 meters), the city sits over one mile above sea level, though some areas of the city are significantly higher. Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the southern Rocky Mountains. Colorado Springs was selected as the No. 1 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006, and placed number one in Outside Magazine's 2009 list of America's Best Cities.”– Colorado Springs CVB




Current Traffic: Google Traffic

Airport: Colorado Springs Airport

Public Transit: Mountain Metropolitan Transit

Bikeshare: Colorado Springs Bikes

Walkability Score: 33 at Walk Score

Parking Options / Expense: ParkMe

Best Accommodations:

Boutique: The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel

High End: The Broadmoor

Mid Range: The Cliff House at Pikes Peak

Bargain: TownePlace Suites Colorado Springs South

Foods to seek out:

American/Pub food: Shuga’s

Breakfast/Brunch: King’s Chef Diner

Barbeque/Steak: The Famous Steak House

Known For:

Outdoor adventure/Pikes Peak

The United States Air Force Academy/military

The Broadmoor luxury resort (The only property to receive a AAA Five Diamond award every year since AAA began rating hotels in 1976).

Sports Teams:

Colorado College Tigers

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (PCL, AAA affiliate of Milwaukee Brewers)

Colorado Springs Cyclones (Colorado Football Conference, semi-pro football)

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (United Soccer League)

Cool attractions:


1. Explore Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.

2. Tour the United States Air Force Academy and the National Museum of World War II Aviation.

3. Explore Red Rock Canyon.


1. Go on a bicycle tour with Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours.

2. Go climbing with Front Range Climbing Company

3. See a concert with Colorado Springs Philharmonic.


1. Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.   

2. Play laser tag at Battlefield Colorado.   

3. Take the kids to the Focus on the Family Welcome Center.


1. Grab a beer and get some grub at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

2. See a show at the Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Theater

3. Meet the locals at The Broadmoor’s Golden Bee pub.   

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