Two Days in Colorado Springs

A Guide to Colorado Springs

After making the 12 hour drive from St. Louis – hours of which were in the flat state Kansas, we were excited to see the mountains! However, getting in after dark really prohibits these views so upon arriving we went straight to our AirBNB to rest up! However, the next morning we hit the pavement hard and were off to see all we could in Colorado Springs. Here are some of our favorite things we did during our visit.


ATTRACTIONS

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Pikes Peak

At 14,115 feet and 19 miles, Pike’s Peak will take your breath away.
Fortunately,
you have multiple ways to reach the top:

Drive your personal vehicle ($12/adult, $5/child, $40/car load max of 5): This is the method we chose because we wanted to be able to go at our own pace. There are a ton of scenic overlooks to pull over on along the way. We recommend you give yourself 2-4 hours at Pike’s Peak if choosing this mode of transportation.
Take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway You can make your reservations here.
Cost: $38/adult, $20.50/children
-For those who have ambitions to summit a 14er while in Colorado you can also hike or bike up and down Pike’s Peak. However, if you haven’t prepared for this we recommend you choose one of the previous options!

OUR TIPS:
Bring a jacket! No matter what the weather is in Colorado Springs, once you ascend to 14,000 ft you’ll be wanting some layers!
Drink a lot of water. I know, literally everyone and their brother, uncle, sister, mother, etc. will be telling you to chug water by the gallons if you aren’t from an area with higher elevation. But they’re not lying! We decided to drive Pikes Peak and just walking around at the top of the mountain and climbing some of the rocks there had us feeling somewhat woozy.
Stop a lot and take pictures. Pikes Peak has some beautiful scenery and areas that you can step out of your vehicle and take photos.
Get there early: At almost every hot spot in Colorado, you’ll want to be up early to be able to enjoy the scenery without fighting the crowds.
Click here for more information about Pikes Peak

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Garden of the Gods

A really intriguing park with incredible rock formations. Here you are able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, horseback rides, running, and much more.

OUR TIPS:
Bring a picnic: When we arrived we were shocked by a number of neat areas that you could stop and have a picnic! Instead of eating lunch out, bring some food and snacks with you and stop and enjoy the beauty here.
Get there early: Parking is limited at Garden of the Gods and it can be tricky especially as the day goes on.
Click here for more information about Garden of the Gods
Cost: FREE

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Glen Eyrie Castle

Visit this beautiful landmark and enjoy a 90-minute tour of the rich history of Glen Eyrie. After the tour, you can also enjoy afternoon tea for an additional cost.
Location: 3820 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday:
1pm Monday-Saturday: 11am & 1pm
Travel Tip: You will need to make a reservation to do the tour by calling 719-265-7050
Cost:
$9 per person, free for children 5 and under


Paradise Cove

About an hour from Colorado Springs but terrific for a day trip! It is one of the top swimming holes in Colorado and also had some neat cliff jumping. However be aware that cliff jumping is a dangerous activity and be sure to use every safety precaution when doing so.
Location: 13800 Main Street, Guffey
Trail Rating: Moderate, 1-mile loop
Cost: FREE


Seven Falls

While this is what we consider to be a “tourist trap” it can fun if you are looking for something to do with family or people of any age!

A few thoughts we had while visiting:
-If you are able to, walk the trail upon arrival instead of taking a tram to the falls. It is a short distance to walk, will save you a little money, and you won’t be waiting for what seems like hours for the tram to come by.
-Unless you’re just looking for exercise we didn’t feel like the trek up the 224 steps was worth it because we had visited many other beautiful hiking trails. Plus the view from the bottom (as seen below) was the most pretty part of Seven Falls!
-Make sure to wear appropriate footwear! Hiking shoes or tennis shoes with good traction are highly recommended.
-Check out this hiking map for assistance in planning your visit.

Location: 6 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs
Hours: 9am-8pm
Cost: $14 per person; have to take a free shuttle from the parking lot.

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Manitou Incline

A once used railroad track now converted to a 2,744 step one mile hike with an average of a 41% incline (68% at it’s highest) and 2,000ft of elevation change. You’ll be gasping for air once you finally reach the top!
Trail Rating: Difficult
Cost: FREE
Check out this site for more information, if you dare!


Paint Mines Interpretive Park

A 750-acre geological park composed of what is thought to be the painted clay formations of Native Americans from over 9,000 years ago. Not only is the appearance interesting, it is also home to many different ecosystems such as the Badlands, wetlands, and the prairie. It is truly a hidden gem in Colorado!
Address: 29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan
Cost: FREE
Click here for a map of the park.


DINING

BREAKFAST

Over Easy

Power up at Over Easy for a delicious made from scratch breakfast and build your own Bloody Mary bar!
Location28A S. Tejon St.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 7am-2pm

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LUNCH/DINNER

The Airplane Restaurant

A truly unique dining experience that allows you to dine in an authentic 1953 Boeing KC-97 tanker.
Location: 1665 N. Newport Rd.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-9pm (reservations recommended to eat on the plane)


Nosh

Eclectic Asian fare with a semi-Latin twist.
Location: 121 South Tejon Street (free parking in the underground Plaza of the Rockies parking garage)
Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11am-3pm, Happy Hours: Monday-Friday: 3pm-6pm Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday: 5pm-10pm


Paravicini’s

Italian in Old Colorado City voted best Italian in Colorado Springs and featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Location: 2802 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm (reservations recommended)


Pizzeria Rustica

Located in a historic 1889 building in Old Colorado City, Pizzeria Rustica offers handmade wood-fired pizzas and a large selection of other menu items.
Location: 2527 W Colorado Ave.
Hours: Monday: 5pm-9pm, Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-9pm (reservations recommended)


Amanda’s Fonda

Check out this local Mexican restaurant with terrific food and margaritas.
Location: 8050 N Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday: 10am-9pm, Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am-10pm

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SWEET TREATS

Amy’s Donuts

Just imagine your favorite candy bars in donut form! That’s what Amy’s Donuts is capable of.
Location: 2704 E Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 4am-7pm, Friday & Saturday: 24 hours


While we had a short time in Colorado Springs we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
What did we miss that you would recommend?

Here is the perfect two day itinerary for Colorado Springs, Colorado. www.pagesoftravel.org

Please note: we were not able to visit all of the restaurants listed above. Some options listed came highly recommended by others and locals.

  • Sheena
    September 13, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Would love to visit Colorado Springs! Well, just spend more time in the States in general. Here’s hoping we get a chance sometime next year!

    • kallsypage
      September 13, 2016 at 9:26 PM

      The U.S. is calling for you! If you do come to the states anytime soon let us know. Even though we currently live in a central part of the U.S. we still find it hard to visit every state.

  • Danish
    October 10, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Pics are awesome. I love nature and this post and pics took me very close to nature. I would love to visit…

    • kallsypage
      October 10, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      Thanks so much! I hope you are able to someday.

  • jmiro1
    October 10, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Omg your pictures make me want to book a flight right now!! I love that you inclused prices and personal stories too it helps to give an idea of how much to budget and what to expect. Overall how much do you think a two week trip would cost?

    • kallsypage
      October 10, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you found the prices and our experiences to be helpful. Those are two things I always look for whenever traveling to a new destination. I would say your budget would change due to many factors.
      1) If you are spending anytime tent camping you would save a ton of money because a hotel/AirBNB can cost roughly $80+ a night.
      2) Budget would also depend on how many places you’d try to visit in Colorado. If you were staying on one side, you would save money with gas!
      Ultimately I would say that you could spend anywhere from $1,000-$3,000 depending on if you fly/drive, where you stay, what you eat, and how much you travel around. We are going to do a breakdown of our trip soon (those posts take the longest!) 🙂

  • Brooke Herron
    October 10, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    Awesome photos. It’s the same in California with having to get up super early to beat the crowds. Most places in Cali though, even if you hit the trail at 7 there are already a billion people…! Looking forward to visiting Colorado in the next few years

    • kallsypage
      October 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM

      Thank you so much Brooke! Wow, we have only ever visited LA and it’s always been a short amount of time. Good to know about the crowds. I hope you enjoy when you do visit CO!

  • fouronaworldtrip
    October 10, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Your pictures are stunning! Especially the rather dark one with the road and the waterfall <3 I heard of this area before but had to check google to figure out where it is exactly.. I hope I can get there one day 🙂

    • kallsypage
      October 10, 2016 at 12:46 PM

      Thank you so much! I hope you are able to make it someday too. Colorado is truly one of the most lovely states we’ve ever been to. 🙂

      • fouronaworldtrip
        October 10, 2016 at 2:03 PM

        I hope so, too 🙂 The USA is always a bit far from us (living in France) and we don’t have enough vacation days (and the budget lol) to stay long enough… we have been to New York and will be in California soon.. I really like the states and I hope to see way more of it in future 🙂 It’s definitely in the plans 🙂

        • kallsypage
          October 10, 2016 at 5:24 PM

          That’s how we feel about traveling through Europe! We’d love to go but feel like we need months to be able to experience everything. 🙂

          • fouronaworldtrip
            October 13, 2016 at 1:24 AM

            yeah, exactly! Our trips to the US are always very precise and it would take a lifetime of vacation days to see everything ^^

  • Carmen
    October 10, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been to Colorado Springs. Your beautiful pictures make me want to plan a trip–SOON! Pinned this.

    • kallsypage
      October 10, 2016 at 12:44 PM

      You must go back sometime soon! We’ve been aching to go back too. Thanks for pinning and happy travels!

  • sarah r
    December 29, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Weren’t you so nervous at the top of Pike’s Peak? It looks SO high up!