Dear visitors – we miss you incredibly. Vacations are on pause nationwide but exploring doesn’t have to be! From learning about local attractions and history to shopping, enjoying the arts and even hiking, Colorado Springs is still here to discover – and it will be here when you’re ready to visit again soon.
While we fully support binge watching Netflix and baking loaves of bread, if you need a fresh escape, we compiled an itinerary for your virtual trip to Colorado Springs. You’ve probably never learned from an astronaut, hung out with giraffes or hiked a mountain from your couch. Now, we invite you to explore our backyard from your backyard.
- Travel to Colorado Springs via live video streams. With live cams on Garden of the Gods, the Pikes Peak Summit, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and The Broadmoor Seven Falls, you can take in all the amazing views from the comfort of home. Pro tip: tune in at sunrise for some spectacular colors.
- Explore the trails along the Front Range. With more than 350 miles of scenic trails, there’s something for adventurers of all levels and abilities. Visit the Trails and Open Space Coalition website and “hike” trails virtually with the family! Some favorites include the Sinton Trail, Ute Valley Park and Southern Blodgett Open Space. Get your hiking practice in before it’s time to visit Colorado Springs in person.
- Wind down with SunWater Spa. SunWater offers incredible yoga classes, spa treatments and mountain view tub soaks, but until it’s back in action, you can wind down with them online! Take virtual yoga, meditation and art classes, posted on Facebook and YouTube.
- Reach new heights with the Space Foundation Discovery Center. The Center is offering virtual tours, dynamic multimedia content and other inspirational educational programs and activities on their website, as well as on social media. Its webinar series “Auxilia” is now available free online to help teachers and parents keep students engaged in learning while at home. It also launched a Space4U podcast, featuring live interviews with space experts.
- Hang out with giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The Zoo is live streaming its giraffe cams so you can tune in and watch from your couch. On its Facebook page, it’s featuring keeper talks, animal demonstrations, moments of #CMZooZen and at-home activities like guided animal sketching.
History & culture
- Explore the Fine Arts Center from home. The FAC launched an eMuseum, featuring 50 objects representing the depth and richness of the collection. It also compiled engaging exercises designed for K-12 teachers and parents with students at home. Students may work independently, in pairs or alongside a teacher or parent.
- Take an A-Z history lesson with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The museum's “Story of Us” virtual exhibit offers an interactive story-telling experience that combines artifacts, photographs, stories and dynamic maps to bring history and geography to life.
- Preview upcoming exhibits at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. The museum, opening later this year, is showcasing historic Olympic torches and conducting interviews to preserve the past with StoryCorps.
- Get cultured with the region’s artists. Peak Radar is offering virtual arts events, including art shows, concerts, writer’s nights and more.
- Practice your handwriting and find quirky, quaint greeting cards. Local shop Ladyfingers Letterpress has an abundance of cards and stationery to purchase and is also teaching a “Letter of the Day” at 2pm MT on Instagram Live. Previous lettering classes are available on YouTube, and you can download a free Line Guide from the website to print at home before the class.
- Fulfill your choco-holic tendencies. Browse and bite into the chocolatey goodness of local chocolatier Cacao Chemistry. Nothing like sending your loved ones (and you) the gift of chocolate!
- Spread some positivity and relaxation. Downtown Colorado Springs boutique Halo is offering “Homebody Kits” (a $75 value) for $45. Send a care package to your friends or family that includes comfy clothes, mood-boosting candles, spa supplies and more. Heart Shake Studios is also offering care packages for those who need some uplifting goodies.
- Have an at-home lemonade tasting. Downtown shop Pikes Peak Lemonade is selling their lemonade concentrate and syrup varieties, including flavors like cranberry bliss, lavender, fresh mint, jalapeno, limeade, hibiscus, culinary rose, triple berry, blood orange and more. Purchase a variety of your favorite flavors to host your own lemonade tasting from your kitchen.