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Pikes Peak Country: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs & Cañon City

Pikes Peak Country: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs & Cañon City
7 days
Colorado Springs is the state’s second-largest city, but it’s first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of astonishing beauty with more than 55 unique museums and cultural and natural attractions, including those in nearby Manitou Springs and Cañon City — from Garden of the Gods to Pikes Peak and the Royal Gorge.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local:

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute runs open community volunteer workdays most Saturdays and Sundays during the spring, summer and fall season in the Pikes Peak Region.

Day 1
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Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

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The colorful history and equally colorful legends of professional rodeo live on at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy. Each year more than 35,000 visitors tour the Hall,... Read More

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Spice Island Grill

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Reminiscent of an exclusive tropical hideaway, guests enjoy dining in the ambiance of a fun, spacious, and relaxed setting whether indoors or on the patio. As you dine, you can hear the rhythm of... Read More
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Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

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See where Olympic dreams begin. Guided tours conducted Monday through Saturday.

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Dinner

Penrose Room at The Broadmoor

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Elegant ambiance, gracious service, and a creative menu invite guests into Colorado's only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond dining experience.  Contemporary European cuisine is inspired by the... Read More

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

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The FAC Museum is home to spectacular galleries for the FAC's permanent collection and world-class special exhibitions. The museum's collection of over 20,000 works features masterworks by such... Read More

Lodging

Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the place to experience it all. Enjoy five indoor/outdoor pools, a private 35-acre lake with beach, on-site spa, tennis and our 18-hole signature Pete Dye golf course... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

King's Chef Diner

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Award winning, Colorado historical landmark diner and producers of Colorado Green Chili.

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Pikes Peak Highway Tour

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Join Gray Line touring coaches for a four-hour guided round trip tour of the spectacular Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft peak. Tours depart several times daily! See for miles in Gray Line... Read More

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Ivywild School

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Home of Bristol Brewing Co., The Old School Bakery, The Principal's Office, The Ivywild Kitchen, Axe and the Oak Whiskey House, and Loyal Coffee Roasters. Read More
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Soaring Adventures at Seven Falls

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Experience the exhilaration of Seven Falls with a high-flying adventure that rappels you across "The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado".  

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Dinner

La Taverne at Broadmoor

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The expansive dinner menu of La Taverne sizzles with the finest selection of hand-cut steaks, chops,prime rib, and raw bar. A wide variety of cold shellfish, classic appetizers, homemade soups... Read More

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Distillery 291

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Distillery 291, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, replicates the taste, smell and folklore of the Wild West producing small batch, international-award winning whiskey, bourbon and... Read More

Lodging

Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort is the place to experience it all. Enjoy five indoor/outdoor pools, a private 35-acre lake with beach, on-site spa, tennis and our 18-hole signature Pete Dye golf course... Read More

Day 3
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Urban Steam

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Chill coffee hangout pairing espresso drinks & cocktails with salads, panini & creative waffles. Read More
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Colorado Springs is home to America's mountain zoo. Located at 6,800 feet above sea level, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers breathtaking views of the city and hundreds of animals. The unique design... Read More

Lunch

The Winery at Pikes Peak

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The Winery at Pikes Peak-Historic Events Venue with wine tastings, brunch, and dinner options.Creekside dining available. Please call ahead for current menu details.Reservations requested.Sweet... Read More

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Explore Manitou Springs

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Enjoy the mineral drinking springs and our historic charm. Shops, galleries, museums, casual to fine dining, variety of lodging. Centrally located, close to attractions and hiking trails. Perfect for getaways/family vacations.
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Cliff House at Pikes Peak

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10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. The Cliff House Dining Room has gained national renown as one of Colorado's premier dining destinations. We are proud recipients of the distinguished... Read More

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Cave of the Winds Lantern Tour

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Travel deep into the darkest part of the cave on our most adventurous tour!
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Cliff House at Pikes Peak

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10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. "Travel + Leisure's" Top 100 Hotels of the World. The romance of Clark Gable, the Wild West of Buffalo Bill, the political passion of Teddy Roosevelt.... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Garden of the Gods Market and Cafe

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From our catering and gourmet market, to a dine-in restaurant, we create award-winning food for any occasion in conjunction with gracious hospitality.

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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

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A Segway, Jeep or Open Air Tour Vehicle is a great way to experience one of natures' greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods Park. Unobstructed views and a mellow pace will ensure your visit to... Read More

Insider's Tip

Horseback Rides: Several outfitters also offer horseback rides through Garden of the Gods — a true way to experience the Wild West!
Lunch

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

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With over 25,000 square feet and nearly 90,000 different items to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect gift or souvenir for everyone on your list! Read More
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Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

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Wolf and wildlife tours Tuesday through Sunday, year-round. Read More
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The Down Under

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The Down Under has been voted “Best Fine Dining In Town” ! With historic brick, rich oak floor and low light, this fine dining restaurant is located downstairs in the Midnight Rose. Read More
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The Butte Theater

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Cripple Creek's historic Butte Theater is home to the classic melodrama. Located in downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado.

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Pikes Peak Resort

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Pikes Peak Resort is located on a 160-acre mountain ranch surrounded by the Pike National Forest. We offer secluded, one, two- and three-bedroom cabins where luxury meets wilderness - amazing... Read More

Day 5
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Gold Camp Bakery

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Bakery, cafe and deli. We do German and American baking, sandwiches, soups and special orders.

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Mollie Kathleen Mine

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Get a hands-on look at the gold mining era with a tour inside one of the Cripple Creek-area's mines.  Don a hard hat and descend a thousand feet below ground to learn about historic and modern... Read More

Lunch

Baja Billy's Restaurant & Cantina

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No need to go south of the border to get fresh Mexican food - you're sure to enjoy the fresh-made fajitas, burritos, fish tacos, beans and more. Cozy up to the kiva fireplace only at Baja Billy... Read More

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Gold Belt Tour - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Tours the communities of Cripple Creek, Victor, Canon City, Florence and Florissant. Enjoy the rustic roads, visit museums, see historic gold camps, fossils and much more. Read More

Recommended Duration: 5–6 hours

Dinner

Pizza Madness

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One of the best pizza places and restaurants in Canon City! Come enjoy award winning, handcrafted pizza, fresh salads, made to order calzones and fresh baked sandwiches in our incredibly mad,... Read More

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Stroll Main Street Cañon City

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Main Street Cañon City offers a diverse, historic downtown commercial district. Downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest intact historical districts in Colorado.
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Royal Gorge Cabins

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Royal Gorge Cabins offers 9 luxury cabin rentals in 1- and 2-bedroom sizes, as well as glamping tent rentals. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs and 8 miles from Cañon City, the well-appointed... Read More

Day 6
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Big Daddy's Diner

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Family-owned and operated by three generations. 50s-style diner and music.

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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is open daily. Marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world's highest suspension bridges and enjoy more excitement than ever.  Experience the Royal... Read More

Lunch

Bunk House Burgers

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Bunk House Burgers is a locally owned, family partnership that is proud of its ranching history. Read More
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Royal Gorge Route Railroad

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Step aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad to embark upon a breathtaking journey that began 140 years ago. Like a bar-room brawl on... Read More

Dinner

Pizza Madness

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One of the best pizza places and restaurants in Canon City! Come enjoy award winning, handcrafted pizza, fresh salads, made to order calzones and fresh baked sandwiches in our incredibly mad,... Read More

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Colorado Jeep Tours

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At Colorado Jeep Tours we pride ourselves on providing high quality, scenic, and informative jeep tours. Our tours offer a variety of information, including history of the region, geology,... Read More

Lodging

Royal Gorge Cabins

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Royal Gorge Cabins offers 9 luxury cabin rentals in 1- and 2-bedroom sizes, as well as glamping tent rentals. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs and 8 miles from Cañon City, the well-appointed... Read More

Day 7
Breakfast

Canon City Mugs

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Our menu has just what you need to satisfy that appetite. Kids menu and senior discount. Read More
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Clear Creek Rafting Co.

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Experience Colorado's whitewater! With FREE digital photos, FREE wetsuit use, FREE splash jacket use & helmets provided on all trips, Clear Creek Rafting Company offers exceptional value in... Read More

Lunch

Owl Cigar Store

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Except it’s not a cigar store, it’s an american diner. It WAS a cigar store until the mid-90s, when it was converted. Behind the bar is a sportsman’s calendar from November 1951, and that’s pretty... Read More
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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Cañon City in southern Colorado is the home of the Museum of Colorado Prisons, a showcase of the atmosphere and exhibits of days, staff and inmates gone by. A visit to the the Royal Gorge Region... Read More

Insider's Tip

Skyline Drive: Be sure to drive up Skyline Drive in Canon City for breathtaking view and dino tracks.
Dinner

Bridge View BBQ

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Bridge View BBQ, where a whole smorgasbord of southern cooking is at your fingertips. Stop in for a cut of their brisket, delicious sammies, cheesy potatoes, black beans and more. Read More
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The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

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Experience the ultimate dinosaur adventure and home of the world-famous 'Bone Wars'! Come learn why our area is famous for dinos in a fun, guided museum tour and see fossils and casts of... Read More

Lodging

Jewel of the Canyons Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse

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Far more pleasant and charming than any hotel or motel, you can enjoy present day comforts in an authentic 1890 Victorian style Bed and Breakfast Inn while visiting scenic Canon City, Colorado,... Read More