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

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.

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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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ProRodeo Hall of Fame

The colorful history and equally colorful legends of professional rodeo live on at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy. Each…

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The Airplane Restaurant

The Airplane Restaurant centerpiece is a fully intact Boeing KC-97. Built in 1953, this magnificent airplane refueled aircraft throughout the world…

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is located where many Olympic and Paralympic dreams begin – at 6,035 feet above sea level in Colorado Springs…

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The Rabbit Hole

Located in downtown Colorado Springs, The Rabbit Hole is one of the locals' well-kept secrets. Hidden underground, you can tuck away for some drinks…

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Treat Yourself

Indulge in a spa treatment at Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

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Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort

6,200 feet closer to the stars, Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort is a multi-faceted, four-diamond gem of the Rocky Mountains. Located…

Day 2

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Cafe Red Point

Featuring local, organic and free range ingredients. Nutrient-dense, paleo-friendly, 100 percent gluten-free menu.

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Pikes Peak Highway Tour

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…

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Ivywild School

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…

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Soaring Adventures at Seven Falls

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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La Taverne at Broadmoor

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,…

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Distillery 291

Distillery 291 is a globally-acclaimed whiskey distillery nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak. From grain to barrel to bottle, 291 Colorado Whiskey…

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Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort

6,200 feet closer to the stars, Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort is a multi-faceted, four-diamond gem of the Rocky Mountains. Located…

Day 3

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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…

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Border Burger Bar

Border Burger Bar serves lunch and dinner of unique internationally-crafted burgers, tasty salads/soups, plus a great selection of desserts, all while…

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Explore Manitou Springs

Enjoy the mineral drinking springs and our historic charm. Shops, galleries, museums, casual to fine dining, variety of lodging. Centrally located,…

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Cliff House at Pikes Peak

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,…

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Cave of the Winds Lantern Tour

Travel deep into the darkest part of the cave on our most adventurous tour!

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Cliff House at Pikes Peak

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,…

Day 4

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Denver Biscuit Company Colorado Springs

Biscuit sandwiches, plates and homemade sides you can't get enough of.

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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

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…

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Horseback Rides

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

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Garden of the Gods Trading Post

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…

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Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

Wolf and wildlife tours Tuesday through Sunday, year-round.

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The Home Cafe

The Home Cafe is famous for their 49 cent breakfasts, great hamburgers, fresh, delicious sandwiches, salads, mouth-watering daily lunch specials.

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Bronco Billy's Casino

Bronco Billy's is your #1 stop for all of the fun in Cripple Creek. We offer fun, food, and fortune every day for the serious gamer, or let us be your…

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Century Casino & Hotel Cripple Creek

Be sure to visit Century Casino Cripple Creek with state-of-the-art slot machines, exciting table games area and a top-rated hotel. The hotel's spacious…

Day 5

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Gold Camp Bakery

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

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Mollie Kathleen Mine

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…

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Side Door Restaurant

Exposed brick walls and a central location in downtown Victor make this a great spot to grab a meal.

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Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway

The Gold Belt Tour is the perfect combination of fascinating history and gorgeous Colorado landscapes. Slap a "Pikes Peak or Bust" sign on your car…

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World's End Brewing Company

This locally loved Cañon City brew pub boasts a wide array of craft brews — from fruit beers and coffee stouts to ales and pilsners — as well as a food…

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Stroll Main Street Cañon City

Main Street Cañon City offers a diverse, historic downtown commercial district. Downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is…

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Royal Gorge Cabins

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…

Day 6

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Happy Ending Caboose Cafe

Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, lunch or tasty treat, the Happy Ending Caboose Cafe will stoke the coals and get your engine running…

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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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…

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Bunk House Burgers

Bunk House Burgers is a locally owned, family partnership that is proud of its ranching history.

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Step aboard the to embark upon a breathtaking journey that began 140 years ago. Like a bar-room brawl on wheels, two companies vied for the route and…

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Pizza Madness

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…

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Colorado Jeep Tours

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…

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Royal Gorge Cabins

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…

Day 7

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Canon City Mugs

Our menu has just what you need to satisfy that appetite. Kids menu and senior discount.

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Clear Creek Rafting Co.

Experience Colorado's whitewater! With FREE digital photos, FREE wetsuit use, FREE splash jacket use & helmets provided on all trips, Clear Creek…

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Bridge View BBQ

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…

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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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…

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Skyline Drive

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

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Bridge View BBQ

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…

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The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

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…

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Lark Landing B&B

Lark Landing B&B is a luxury guest retreat offering an exclusive private suite overlooking the Arkansas River.

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