Colorado Springs, Colorado

Website:  www.VisitCOS.com
PR Contact: Chelsy Murphy, Colorado Springs Conventions and Visitors Bureau –Chelsy@VisitCOS.com


Day 1

Breakfast:

Breakfast at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak: The Cliff House Dining Room has gained national renown as one of Colorado’s premier dining destinations. We are proud recipients of the distinguished DiRoNa Award and the 4 Diamond Award in Fine Dining from AAA.

Morning:

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center: Their 14 minute HD film “How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?” is an inside look at the scientific wonder that creates the vertical red rocks in the Park. Don’t miss the only dinosaur fossil indigenous to the Park – Theiophytalia Kerri.

Garden of the Gods Park: After the movie, drive the winding road inside the park noting popular rock formations Kissing Camels, Siamese Twins and Balanced Rock. Make sure to park at Central Gardens and meander the paths inside the park.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post: Colorado’s largest art gallery and gift shop. The gallery features local artists, Native American jewelry, Navajo rugs, sand paintings and pottery. Colorado gifts can be found in the main store. Grab a bite to eat at the Balanced Rock Café.

Afternoon:

Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum: This rare, historical treasure was built by the Ancestral Puebloans more than 700 years ago. Guests are free to touch and even go inside these architectural remnants of an American Indian culture from the Four Corners region.

Cave of the Winds: Wind through nearly a mile of Colorado caverns, including the Majestic Hall, Bridal Chamber and the Temple of Silence. Gaze at geological formations like the Giant’s Bleeding Heart, and experience total cave darkness. Don’t miss the Wind Walker Challenge Course.

Arcade Amusements Penny Arcade: Enjoy old fashioned fun and games in the heart of Manitou Springs. Many games are truly a penny but entertainment includes favorites from the past and present.

Dinner:

Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery: This newer eatery has won various local awards and offers a list of scrumptious and sweet crepes ranging from bananas foster to a lavender infused chocolate choice. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. All gluten free.


Day 2

Breakfast:

Breakfast at La Baguette: Specialized in freshly baked French breads and pastries, it’s an excellent place for European style light breakfast and lunch, featuring soups and sandwiches. A traditional Old Continental style cafe, that is so hard to find in America these days.

Morning:

North Cheyenne Canyon: The park, known for its towering evergreens and wildflowers, stunning rock formations, hiking paths and waterfalls, was a popular camping ground for American Indians, particularly the Ute tribes.

Starsmore Discovery Center: Located inside North Cheyenne Canon park which features nature exhibits, a climbing wall and educational programs.

Afternoon:

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park: The Gorge was created three million years ago when a trickle of water slowly carved a canyon out of granite bedrock. Today that trickle is the raging Arkansas. The masterpiece that it continues to carve is the Royal Gorge.

Lunch Inside the Park

Seven Falls: Located in a natural box canyon, it is the only waterfall in Colorado listed in the National Geographic list of International waterfalls. The falls are best viewed from the Eagle’s Nest Observation platform.

Dinner:

Dinner Summit at The Broadmoor: The menu’s guiding principle is American Brasserie, which starts with classical cooking techniques and adds the finest American ingredients and produce found seasonally around the country. An eclectic, innovative wine and cocktail program.


Day 3

Breakfast:

Breakfast at Bon Ton’s Café: Enjoy a famous Bon Ton’s breakfast on the patio. Located in the heart of Old Colorado City Offering a charming atmosphere and our delicious, moderately priced menu.

Morning:

Pikes Peak Cog Railway: The highest Cog Railway in the world, this trip takes a total of three hours including a stop at the pinnacle of the Peak. This trip is an educational ride that has been making excursions for more than 130 years.

Lunch:

Lunch at Flatiron’s Bar & Grill: The menu features a juicy marbled flatiron steak, spicy pork street tacos, tender steak Caesar wrap, and many other mouth-watering entrees. Over 75 impressive wines and beers by the bottle and another 25 by the glass and on draft.

Afternoon:

Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Wander through the prairie-to-peak eco-systems and 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Stop by the visitor center for information and educational exhibits. With an amazing 1680 acres to explore, visitors can enjoy recreational opportunities year round.


Photos courtesy of Colorado Tourism; Royal Gorge by Harris Photographic