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Colorado Springs, Colorado

This Victorian spa town carved at the base of the Rocky Mountains was known in the 1870's as "Little London" - because of the many English tourists drawn to this region by 300 days of sunshine a year. Hike today in the dry warmth of summer mountain trails - or drive 90 minutes west for world-class winter skiing.

Discover Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark, a geologic wonderland at the foot of Pikes Peak. Stop for a moment to photograph exquisite, enigmatic Balanced Rock. Explore rare crystal forms when you travel to Cave of the Winds, near the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Not far from the big cat Wildlife Center at Serenity Springs, you will find the remarkable Paint Mines Interpretive Park.

When you're ready for good food and local artisan shops, Old Colorado City is ready for you. Watch the chef prepare a fresh meal for you at the Garden of the Gods Market and Café. Enjoy tapas, wine, and 5 rooms of artwork at the Cucuru Café. For a high-energy night, cap your Colorado Springs adventure with a live band performance at The Black Sheep.