Hidden Gems in Colorado Springs

The best hidden gems in Colorado Springs.


Colorado Springs is known for its national landmarks like Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain, Garden of the Gods Park, the United States Olympic Training Center and the United States Air Force Academy

Day 1

Morning

Take a hike in North Cheyenne Cañon but first, stop in at The Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center and pick up a free Cheyenne Cañon map. The Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center is a local landmark that was originally the home of the Starsmore family but now serves as an introduction to Cheyenne Cañon and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife.

Afternoon

Spend an afternoon immersed in Colorado Springs history. Head over to the McAllister House Museum in downtown Colorado Springs and learn about some of the first residents of Colorado Springs, the Fountain Colony. Next, discover how Colorado Springs residents traveled around the city before automobiles. The Pikes Peak Historical Railway Foundation educates visitors about the electric trolleys that operated in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

Evening

Explore endless unique dining options ranging from Americana classics to exotic eateries and quaint diners to upscale cuisine. Once you’ve finished your meal, enjoy a self-pour craft brew at Trail's End Taproom.

Day 2

Morning

For all motorcycle and car mechanic enthusiasts, the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum is the perfect place to visit. This free museum features an international collection of more than 50 motorcycles that date back to the early 1900s. This museum not only focuses on the mechanical works of art we call motorcycles, but also on the people that have been such a huge part of motorcycle history.

Afternoon

The Gold Rush played a large role in the expansion into the west. Colorado is well known for its gold mining history. The Victor Lowell Museum depicts the life of Victor, Colorado residents during the Pikes Peak gold rush. After exploring the museum and panning for gold, you can visit a real working gold mine.

Evening

Try your luck at one of the 15 casinos in Cripple Creek. Heat up the slots or test your poker face along with blackjack, roulette and craps. Experience great history and fantastic gaming all at once.

Day 3

Morning

Many people are familiar with The Broadmoor Hotel but few know the history behind it. Learn more about the family that built The Broadmoor at The Penrose Heritage Museum. The Penrose Heritage Museum is dedicated to the Penrose family who built The Broadmoor Hotel in 1918. The museum features the many carriages that the Penrose family collected during their lifetime and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Museum as well.

Afternoon

Celebrate a history of bravery at The Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum. This museum is more than 100 years old with 45,000 sq. ft. of memorabilia and history of the brave men and women that have protected Colorado from fires.

Evening

Laugh until your sides hurt at the Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater. This unique venue revives old melodrama traditions of cheers and jeers as you watch the hometown hero defend the fair maidens honor. Each evening begins with a three-course meal, so be sure to bring your appetite. Reservations required.