Colorado has some of the most scenic landscape in the country and nowhere is this more evident than Colorado Springs. Spending a day here is easy and affordable, since you’ll be spending most of it outside exploring.
Begin with a quick breakfast at The Dive. The pancakes here are enormous and the food is always cooked to perfection. A small meal will cost you roughly $15.
Next, it’s time to get outdoors. Make your way over to the Garden of the Gods. This beautiful little hiking area contains gorgeous red rocks that tower over you as you wind your way through the path. It’s completely free to explore and a must. Afterward, hop in the car and make your way outside of the city limits. Pikes Peak is a short drive and provides breathtaking views of the sprawling Front Range. You can hike it if you choose, but that might eat up most of your day.
By the time you’re done you’ll be ready for a feast. Head back into town and seek out Bambino’s Urban Pizzeria. The artisan pizza here is top-notch and they let you make your own creation for less than $10.
Spend the afternoon in town at a few delightful spots. First, check out the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. The museum provides wonderful insight into Colorado’s mining history and the Gold Rush era with more than 4,000 artifacts on display. Admission is $10 per adult.
Next, you’ll want to have a look at the Olympic Training Center. The center is the premier training spot for Olympic athletes and contains two Olympic-sized swimming pools and training facilities for every sport imaginable. A tour of the building costs $12 per person.
Finally, head to Marigold Café & Bakery for a great dinner and one of their scrumptious desserts. A meal here will run you roughly $30.
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