Colorado Springs is a city and municipality in El Paso County in the state of Colorado. Situated at an altitude or elevation of 1,839m above the sea level, Colorado Springs is a picturesque metropolis sprawled across the foothills of the Pikes Peak mountain range which forms the eastern flank of the Southern Rockies. The ‘US News and World Report’ in its 2016 listing of the ‘best places to live in USA’, placed Colorado Springs at the fifth spot. Owing to its unique situation at Pikes Peak’s base, the conurbation attracts over 5 million tourists annually. Following are some sightseeing attractions that witness the maximum footfalls.
Glen Eyrie Castle
A visit to Colorado Springs is incomplete without a trip to the Glen Eyrie Castle. This castle used to be the abode of William Jackson Palmer who laid the foundations for the city and his wife Mary Queen Palmer. The Tudor-styled citadel is situated strategically inside an 800-acre estate. Take your time going around the place and enjoy high tea with the current owners.
Garden of the Gods
‘Garden of Gods’ lies to Colorado Springs’s northwest and the natural beauty of the surroundings is so breathtaking that you’ll feel like staying put here for the rest of your life. The age-old cypress trees and the red sandstone rocky ledges that are believed to have been formed 300 million years ago are the main attractions.
North Cheyenne Canon Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park, popular for its exotic flora and fauna, is spread across the foothills of Pike Peak. You’ll be able to spot many species of birds, black bears, mule deer, and mountain lions.
U.S. Olympic Complex Training Center
This training is the principal center of the USOC or US Olympic Committee. You can see around the entire complex for free. Check out the Team USA shop and the Olympic Visitor Center.
Petersen Air and Space Museum
The Petersen Air and Space Museum showcases Colorado Spring’s aviation history as well as the evolution of Peterson Air Force Base.