The words of America the Beautiful are by Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor from Wellesley College. In 1893, Bates had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College. While visiting, she took a trip up Pikes Peak. While on the mountain, the words of the poem started to come to her, and she wrote them down upon returning to her hotel room at the original Antlers Hotel. Featuring the spectacular Julie Penrose Fountain, America the Beautiful Park is host to a number of fun, often free family events.
This historic monument is only 1.4 miles up the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway from the Zoo entrance. Built by Spencer Penrose between 1934 and 1937, it stands dedicated to Will Rogers who died in a plane crash in 1935. The elevation of the shrine is 8,136 feet on the top deck and provides breathtaking views of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.
Drive up to the Zoo entrance gate and show your admission receipt. The Shrine road is a driving only road, no walking or biking is permitted except once a year when Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sponsors a Run to the Shrine event.
The place to start a visit to the Garden of the Gods is the 12-minute, big-screen movie How Did Those Red Rocks Get There? Gift shops featuring Colorado-made items, 30 interactive exhibits, balcony cafe overlooking the Park and Pikes Peak and 30 minute summer bus tours. Free maps of the park available.
Seven Falls cascades 181 feet in seven distinct steps down a solid cliff of Pikes Peak granite. Crystal clear water from the southern most edges of the Pikes Peak watershed have, over the ages, carved this unique scenic masterpiece in an easily accessed location.
The World Arena is located at the base of beautiful Pikes Peak. Built in 1998, the World Arena serves a metro population exceeding 500,000 people - with over one million people within a 30-minute drive. The Arena Complex boasts the multipurpose World Arena with a concert capacity of approximately 9,400 and the Ice Hall which features both Olympic and NHL size ice sheets.
Red Rock Canyon marks the transition from plains to mountains with 300 million years of geologic history and vegetation and wildlife from several life zones. Hike grassy meadows and mountain shrub lands, pass through historic red rock quarries and along sandstone rock formations. Trails are mostly easy to moderate. Route, distance and time vary as new trails are opened.
One of the most popular sites at the Academy is the golf club. A modern scenic facility with two 18-hole courses: the championship Blue, and the stunning Silver. Named the top golf course in the Department of Defense by Travel and Leisure Golf magazine, Blast magazine and a member of USA Today's Top 100 courses in the nation, Eisenhower Golf Club is a great value.
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy exists to educate the public about rodeo, its history, and its impact on Western American culture. The Hall of Fame will also provide recognition to rodeo notables of the past, present, and serve as an inspiration for the future. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, near the foothills of Pikes Peak. Access is directly off Interstate 25 at Exit 148, at Rockrimmon Boulevard. Colorado Springs is 55 miles south of Denver, in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level, is home to breathtaking mountain scenery and more than 750 animals, representing nearly 150 different species. All of your favorites are here, from giraffes and elephants to monkeys, penguins, hippos and even grizzly bears. It's also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 30 endangered species including the Amur tiger, Mexican gray wolf, mountain tapir and black-footed ferret!
Adventures Out West is a premier recreation provider, celebrating 40 years of service. AOW is family owned and all tours are owner operated (no middle men). Adventures Out West offers Hot Air Balloon Flights, Mountain 4X4 Tours, Segway Tours, Zipline Tours, Guided Hikes, and more!
The mission of the Pikes Peak Center is to serve as a quality entertainment, cultural, educational, and assembly center for the benefit of the citizens of El Paso County and the Pikes Peak Region. Built by the citizens of El Paso County in 1982 to serve as a regional entertainment and cultural center, the Pikes Peak Center's downtown Colorado Springs location was planned as a part of the economic revitalization strategy for the downtown business district.
This scenic campus with a Rocky Mountain backdrop is home to America's future Air Force officers. Enter Colorado's third most popular attraction at the North Gate for a glimpse of a B-52 bomber. Travel six miles to the visitor center, chock-full of exhibits, short films and a gift shop. Tour the stunning Cadet Chapel with 17 magnificent spires reaching 150 feet into the sky. Or check out Falcon stadium where the Air Force Falcons Football team plays, and keep an eye above where the skies are colored with cadets practicing parachuting and flying Thunderbird jets.
The Butte Theater is an 1890s theater refurbished for modern use. Owned by the City of Cripple Creek, the Butte decor includes Victorian-era wallpaper and period chandeliers. A 1,350 square-foot stage spans the main room with seating for 199 guests. The stage is home to professional and community theater productions as well a variety of entertainment offerings.
Explore the fascinating cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, five miles west of Colorado Springs, just off US Highway 24 (please refer to the map). Besides the Cliff Dwellings, Museum, and Gift Shop, there is a Snack Bar and Picnic Patio for your convenience.
We specialize in small plates and encourage a shared dining experience. We are definitely different for Colorado Springs, but different in a great way. We want your tongue and mind to get smacked with big, vibrant flavors from our food and drink. We don't want you to just go out and have dinner, we want you to have a true experience.
The Margarita at Pine Creek, named for The Margarita Daisy, has been an independently-owned local restaurant for over 35 years. Known for our Comfortably Contemporary Cuisine, we feature daily changing menus emphasizing on seasonal ingredients with local products being used whenever possible. Complementing the food, we offer a full bar with specialty margarita and martini menus, our Wine List features over 75 bottles of traditional and obscure varietals. The Kitchen's eclectic approach to cooking as well as warm service and relaxing atmosphere has earned awards from both critics and the community.
Walter's Bistro in Colorado Springs features incredible contemporary fine dining including an exquisite seafood selection. Lunch is a great value and we are situated only about ten minutes from downtown, not too far for the power lunch crowd! Enjoy a wide variety of fine spirits and a wonderful wine list with varietals from around the world
The Blue Star is a sleek, sophisticated restaurant offering an escape from the norm. The Blue Star offers two different dining rooms for two different dining experiences. Each room has its own menu with the lounge offering both menus. Menus change frequently based on fresh local product availability and guest feedback. The lounge offers a more social scene and first come/first served seating. There is hip music playing overhead, the bar is inside the room, and there are tall round tables for cocktailing. The dining room is much quieter and is surrounded by sophisticated decor, wood floors, white table cloths and an open kitchen.
In the beginning there has been one word in Carlos' Bistro, Beautiful. The excellence and the experience of the best in Colorado Springs. Carlos (Owner, Executive Chef, and Matradee) provides a warm and welcoming experience to all of our customers, making everyone feel special at home and relaxed.
Since 1961, the historic Penrose Room has been known as one of the Rocky Mountain region's top destinations for classic fine dining, and it remains the only Five-Star and Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado. Situated on the top floor of Broadmoor South, the Penrose Room treats guests to gracious hospitality and exceptional cuisine against the stunning backdrop of Cheyenne Mountain. Complement your meal with a recommended selection from our extensive European wine list, and enjoy live entertainment and dancing. Dress code is strictly enforced- jackets required for gentlemen, no denim, shorts or sportswear, please.
Located in a historic 1895 building this casual Italian eatery brings a bit of "little Italy" to Colorado Springs. We offer many classic Italian dishes such as lasagna, veal marsala and Tutto di Mare as well as Chef Franco's original fare.
The Mountain View Restaurant offers superb Colorado-inspired cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The stunning vistas of Cheyenne Mountain will compliment your dining experience perfectly.
The Pepper Tree restaurant has been a tradition for fine dining in Colorado Springs since 1983. Serving steaks, seafood, lamb, veal and more, the Pepper Tree is legendary for impeccable cuisine, ambiance, service and breathtaking views of the city. The Pepper Tree's signature Mango Chutney Pepper Steak and other specialities, including Chateaubriand, Steak Diane, and English Dover Sole, are prepared or finished tableside.
MacKenzie's Chop House serves only the finest steaks, chops and seafood combined with innovative cuisine in an upscale, nostalgic environment. The cutting edge wine list, extensive martini menu and fine array of single malt scotches all add to the Chophouse tradition.
Internationally-acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval incorporates innovative culinary techniques and local ingredients into authentic Mexican recipes at La Sandia. Located in Lone Tree, CO about 30 minutes south of Denver, La Sandia features a selection of over 200 tequilas and seating on the spectacular rooftop patio.
Winner of Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in U.S. by Open Table users. Best Fine Dining & Best Colorado Cuisine! Spectacular Victorian Estate on 5 secluded acres seats up to 500 guests features casual yet elegant dining in 9 intimate rooms, an extensive menu & wine list,complete 5-course dinners starting at $30 featuring domestic & game meats, fresh seafood, pastas, poultry, specialty salads, vegetarian,& hand crafted desserts. Just 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. Elegant outdoor patio dining, gazebos & rose garden provide the appropriate atmosphere for lifetime memories. Former home of Dr. William Bell, founder of Manitou Springs & Denver Rio Grande Railroad,& listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Best in Colorado Fine Dining. 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, AAA Four Diamonds, "Best of Award of Excellence" Wine Spectator Magazine and "Unique Award of Distinction" from Robert Parker's Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Our wine list is the largest in the Region with over 800 offerings. Led by our visionary Executive Chef Scott Savage, our elite culinary staff will astound your senses with a creative symphony of tastes, smells and textures. His award winning dishes will amaze you with their modern twists combined with his fearless utilization of cross-cultural techniques and fresh Colorado ingredients. For "foodies", gourmets, aspiring cooks, and even master culinarians, Chef Savage also offers ground-breaking weekly episodes of his Internet show, "The Savage Kitchen". In this innovative show, Chef Savage will walk you through his favorite recipes.
Built in 1962 with spectacular views of Pikes Peak, the Swiss Chalet offers continental cuisine prepared thoughtfully. Enjoy lunch or dinner Tuesday through Sunday either in our quaint dining room or comfortable patio.
One of the most unique arts centers is right in the heart of the Pikes Peak region of Colorado, the Fine Arts Center continues its grand tradition with its stunning art museum, performing arts theater, and school of art. The beloved building was designed by renowned architect, John Gaw Meem, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Through the discovery of money, America's largest museum dedicated to numismatics brings culture to life. The museum explores art, history, science and much more to promote the diverse nature of money and related items. The museum includes exhibits in three main galleries, where visitors can find spectacular rarities and learn about the history of our nation and the world as seen through money.
The Museum's mission is to preserve and portray the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Air Force Base. The Museum is located within an 8.3 acre Colorado State Historic District. Exhibits feature the WW II Peterson Army Air Base, the Binational (United States and Canadian) North American Aerospace Defense Command, US Air Force and Army Air Defense Commands, and the US Air Force Space Command. The Museum's Airpark collection includes sixteen aircraft and ten missiles.
Patsy's Candies has been delighting taste buds for over 100 years through high quality handcrafted candies. We invite you to experience a moment of pure pleasure wrapped in the old world artisanship, adventure, and delight.
Colorado's newest state park is nestled in the landscape that inspired the song, "America the Beautiful." Enter this park and marvel at the mountains above and the Colorado Springs skyline below. Meander and explore amidst nature's diversity with prairie-to-peak eco-systems and 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Stop by the visitor center for information, a little shopping, and educational exhibits or just to relax by the stone fireplace and the wall of windows.
Built into a hillside by a wealthy French priest as a private home in 1895 and converted by the Sisters of Mercy into a sanatorium in 1907, this unique Victorian mansion has always aroused curiosity. Experience life as it would have been in Victorian times, from the Castle itself where you can view 30 rooms resplendent in authentic Victorian furnishings, to the Queen's Parlour Tea Room where you can feast on Victorian (and modern day) fare made fresh daily.
The Black Sheep is a full service live music venue located at 2106 E. Platte Ave. in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the past few years, the Black Sheep has hosted shows for thousands of national and regional acts ranging from local punk and hip-hop to the likes of Flogging Molly, Reverend Horton Heat, and Tech N9ne. The Black Sheep is the not just the only place but the best place to catch live music in Colorado Springs.
Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub is a nationally-recognized establishment located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. One block from the Antlers Hilton Hotel, the pub is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
The restaurant offers a full menu of Irish fare and continental cuisine. A popular Sunday brunch is available weekly from noon to 3 PM. Banquet facilities offer great space for celebrations of every size. The pub includes two spacious floors of dining and bar service with authentic interiors imported from Ireland.
Since 1939, the Tavern has been serving the best steaks and seafood in Colorado Springs. Enjoy live music from the Tavern Orchestra and dancing in the main Tavern room (Thursday through Sunday evenings), dine among the Art Deco decadence of the Mayan Room, or opt for elegant patio dining in the glass-enclosed Garden Room. Enjoy the Tavern's Dine at Dusk prix fixe menu between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM Sunday through Thursday (holidays excluded); a three-course menu for $28.50 per person.
Stargazers Theatre and Event Center is a multi use indoor facility with a seating capacity of up to 550 people concert style and 220 people banquet style. You will have the "perfect seat" to sit back and enjoy a wide range of theatre and stage performances, films and all types of concert events ranging from Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock, Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, Comedy and much more.