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Central Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs.

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Central Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo via pilgrims49 / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak; Colorado Springs, Colorado is a unique and refreshing destination that is a blend of outdoor recreation, diverse culture, and Western Americana. Geological formations, turbulent waterfalls and mighty mountain backdrops set the scene for travelers who come here in search of some of the most inspiring natural scenery that the United States has to offer.

As the second largest city in the state; Colorado Springs bursts with electric energy from both the wild landscape and the magnetic young population. Local music, art and theater flow down the streets of the city and continually rush in and out with the tide of each new festival that comes to town. Art on the Streets is a yearlong public exhibit that displays the works of both new and celebrated artists around the country. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is the region’s only full-scale professional orchestra, while the Fine Arts Center hosts a variety of culturally relevant artistic events throughout the year.

Natural attractions like the red sandstone formations of the Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, the underground Cave of the Winds and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are some of the staples of Colorado Springs and are not to be missed. The ultimate city landmark, Pikes Peak, soars over 14,000 feet and boasts views straight from a postcard. The dry, perpetually sunny weather allows for outdoor adventures of all kinds to be had. Whether horseback riding through peaceful prairie settings, taking a hot air balloon ride over mountain summits at sunset or whitewater rafting down the rapids of the Arkansas River; Colorado Springs will fulfill the adventure requirements on any trip.

Dining in Colorado Springs can be anything from cowboy-style chuckwagon fare at the Flying W Ranch, to sophisticated gourmet meals at the five-diamond rated Penrose Room at The Broadmoor. For one of the best meals in town, Carlos Bistro is a family-owned establishment that is a favorite among the locals. Caspian Café serves up outstanding Mediterranean fare, while Bird Dog Barbecue has arguably the best brisket and pulled pork in the state.

Located just 11 miles east of downtown, Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS) is the region’s largest full-service airport. Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB) is a smaller option located 40 miles south of downtown Colorado Springs, and offers regional commercial air service. For getting around the city, renting a car is a good option, as it’s a sprawling city and there are several highways. Taxi service is available, as well as the Colorado Springs Transit.

Colorado Springs has a semi-arid climate with all four seasons prevalent. The average high temperature in the hottest month of July is 84.4° F (29.11° C), while the average low in January remains in the mid-teens. March is known to have the most snowfall during the year, with an average of 9.5 inches in the month. Weather-wise, the best time to visit is during the spring and early autumn months.