Overlooked by huge Pikes Peak and once the haunt of affluent British visitors, Colorado Springs is the state's second largest city. A fledgling resort town before the gold rush, the town was soon overrun with fortune seekers who changed its focus entirely. Today its attractions include the Western Museum of Mining and Industry and the North American Defence Command Headquarters.
For a more cultural insight the region's history the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum offers an array of changing exhibits, while the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame explains the thrills of calf roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling.
Just outside the city you can visit the incredible rock formations of the Garden of the Gods, where erosion has sculpted the rich red sandstone into spectacular spires, ridges and towers. To the south of the town lies Royal Gorge where a rickety wooden suspension bridge is stretched over a vertiginous 1,053-feet-deep gorge.
Suggested itinerary featuring Colorado Springs
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Colorado Springs, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Colorado Springs
- Colorado 44 miles away
- Denver 64 miles away
- Vail 101 miles away
- Alamosa 111 miles away
- Aspen 111 miles away
- Estes Park 114 miles away
- Telluride 174 miles away
- Durango 199 miles away
- Grand Junction 202 miles away
- Santa Fe 227 miles away
- Mesa Verde National Park 228 miles away
- Moab 256 miles away
- Arches National Park 257 miles away
- Canyonlands National Park 276 miles away
- Albuquerque 279 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Colorado Springs
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