The scenic mountain community of Cascade is nestled among the Pikes Peak foothills just minutes from Colorado Springs. Named for nearby waterfalls, Cascade beckons to visitors as the front door to Pikes Peak, the country's most visited mountain.
Every year, more than a half-million people reach the peak's 14,110-foot summit. Cascade also houses historic businesses like the Eastholme Inn, an 1885 Victorian, where the sheet was once turned back for Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower.
Hiking trails to local waterfalls include the Heizer Trail in Cascade Community Park and the Catamount Trail in Green Mountain Falls. Visit nearby Manitou Springs, home to cliff dwellings, the Cave of the Winds and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest train in the nation. Be sure to saddle up for horseback riding tours through the stunning Garden of the Gods, located just down the road.