Why An Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide?
Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide: Lodging
On my recent trip, I traveled to Colorado Springs with one of my teenage sons. The resort choice was very important for downtime and the all-over experience. However, I also wanted a centrally located resort, so that I could travel to Canon City in about an hour as well as being closer to Manitou Springs.
Resort Destination & Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide
Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs Resort (1)
Our stay included stunning views of exceptional mountain vistas that were always in the backdrop, whether by the pool or when dining! Gorgeous nature! This was our home base as it was close to most of my Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide destinations bucket list.
Besides Proximity, why this Colorado Springs resort?
Additionally, the resort boasted:
- 17 tennis courts
- pools (inside and out)
- health club
- 18 holes championship golf course
- basketball courts
- fitness center
- 35-acre lake
- perfect Sunday Morning brunch with the Rocky Mountains as the scenery!
So you see, even when we were not out sightseeing we were active and happy at our resort.
Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide: Outdoor Adventures
PIKES PEAK THE SUMMIT ♥ (2)
A Visit to Manitou Springs is A Quintessential of my Colorado Springs travel guide!
Manitou Mineral Springs (4)
Many come to seek out the Manitou Mineral Springs, which is the ultimate hide, seek, and sightseeing adventure IMO. Walk to seek out the 8 springs, but not ONE tastes the same. Each of the Manitou Mineral Springs has its own FLAVOR and Effervescence.
Definitely try them all. Find the self-guided walking tour map HERE and use it to take the walking tour!
Road Tripping Portion of the Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide
Ready to hit the road? About 45 minutes from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort is today’s destination. I’ll suggest leaving early and arriving no later than 10A. We are headed to Canon City! There’s a big day trip ahead.
Refer to my Colorado Springs packing list to pack up your backpack because you’ll be gone from AM to PM and the day will just be beyond words with exhilarating adventures and majestic mountains and crazy beautiful photo ops!
Canon City Area (5)
To be fair, this is definitely a time for the thrillseeker in you to come out, but, if you don’t like adrenaline-pumping travel, you will also manage VERY well, because it’s an equally weighted destination in both adrenaline adventures as well as touring/trekking, etc.
Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide Stop 1 in Canon City
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park (6)
- Fabulous vantage points for those once-in-a-lifetime photos with the awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping scenery.
- the opportunity to walk across the famed Royal Gorge Bridge
- zipping across the Royal Gorge on the highest zip in America (claim to fame!)
- aerial gondola rides from one side of the Royal Gorge to the other!
- High Flying Adventure above the bridge and Royal Gorge
- great eats
- Tommy Knockers adventure park with mining, wax creations, wildlife presentations and that’s the shortlist
- a look below the Arkansas River!
Go BELOW the ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE & PARK EXPERIENCE
Royal Gorge RR (7)
One More Stop Before Home From Canon City. Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide
Skyline Drive. Drive here in any car and enjoy this road. It ascends and follows to the top of a very high razorback ridge that will OVERLOOK Canon City – a view you don’t want to miss and a great way to bid adieu to Canon City
Overview Skyline Drive (8)
- You’ll enter this as a one-way road from US 50. This is on the west edge of town.
- Do note this is not for the faint of heart as you drive the landscape kind of disappears and well, it’s awe-inspiring!
- What you will view is a vista view ( as I refer to it) on either side of your vantage point Canon City.
- Yes, you there are stopping pulls offs to enjoy all of this.
- Once you are near the top, you can even view a display that will share the dino tracks that are actually embedded in the cliff face.
Olympic Lovers Must. Yet Another Key Element of the Unofficial Colorado Springs travel guide!
Tour the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. (9)
Great photo ops include the rings at the entrance as well as the sta
This is a few hours at most. Tour with a guide, ask questions, and then take a few of your own fun photos!
Get Your Hiking Boots On Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide
HIKING DAY Hike Helen Hunt Falls – an amazing hidden gem for pictures and a great hike for average
Helen Hunt Falls in Colorado Springs is a 35-foot waterfall requiring only a short walk from the parking area.
For a longer and more demanding hike, visitors can take the 4-mile Columbine Trail from the bottom of Cheyenne Canyon to Helen Hunt Falls. T
At the time we visited, the falls were almost nill. However, the hike was perfect!
BONUS TRAVEL GUIDE TIP – After Helen Hunt Falls
Garden of the Gods (9)
Hello Foodies! Colorado Springs Travel Guide Foods Suggestions
Front Range BBQ (10)
Enjoy eats such as southern-style BBQ as well as Cajun dishes.
Plus, you can eat here if you are a vegetarian, and have food allergies, so a perfect stop for everyone!
There’s a bar and live music too, in fact, it’s everything you want it to be after a day of fun!
Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner? Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery (11)
From pastries to egg combos, it’s all here. However, this bistro is well-appointed for lunch and dinner as well. In fact, we nibbled at some breakfast here, but I think we missed the bigger pictures as the layout of this bistro is so sprawling yet cozy. Bar. Fireplaces, large indoor and outdoor areas to dine. Chic and fabulous.
Breakfast by morning and cocktails by night?
My Unofficial Colorado Springs Travel Guide
Yes, there is a ton of history here, but I’ll let you uncover that as you visit each of the destinations I am sharing! After all, wanderlust is about travel, adventure, curiosity, and history, I’ve just provided the breadcrumb trail to get you to each of these fabulous destinations! ~ Dana XO