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The Mysteries of Colorado Springs' Museums

The Mysteries of Colorado Springs' Museums
3 days

From magic towns, castles and wellness retreats to museums you may not know existed, there are treasures behind every corner in Colorado Springs year-round.

Sustainability Activity

Volunteer for a Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Event:

As a volunteer or docent, you make history come alive for ranch visitors from all over the world! Docents dress in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrate everyday life depicting 1775–1907 at each historic site represented.

Day 1
Activity

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

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Dynamic guided tours, interactive exhibits and a variety of educational events offer something for every age and every interest! Read More

Insider's Tip

Hee Haw: Wave hello to the resident donkeys at the Western Museum of Mining.
Lunch

719 Gastropub

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Locally owned and operated Gastropub overlooking the Front Range. Offering 106 taps, we have a full restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Read More
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U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center

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The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the United States Air Force Academy for hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The center provides information on... Read More

Insider's Tip

At Attention: See the cadets at their noon mealtime formation Monday through Friday during the school year.
Dinner

Colorado Mountain Brewery

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In Colorado craft beer is serious business. Not just anyone can set up shop and be considered a true Colorado craft beer. Years of brewing experience and practicing our craft have shaped our... Read More

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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

Lodging

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

Insider's Tip

In the Morning: Breakfast is included with an overnight stay at The Cliff House.
Day 2
Activity

Rock Ledge Ranch

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Living history museum which interprets the history of the settlement of the Pikes Peak Region between 1775 and 1910.

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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

Insider's Tip

Lunch Stop: One of the most popular menu items at the Trading Post's Balanced Rock Cafe is the bison burger.
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Glen Eyrie

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Nestled on over 700 breathtaking acres with 95 lodging rooms, Glen Eyrie offers retreats, conferences, historical Castle Tours, Castle Teas, overnight stays and more! 

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Insider's Tip

Wildlife Watch: Keep an eye out for the resident eagles and bighorn sheep that call Glen Eyrie home.
Dinner

Pizzeria Rustica

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Classic Neapolitan wood oven pizzeria in Old Colorado City. Read More
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Michael Garman’s Magic Town

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Michael Garman’s Magic Town is a 3,000 square-foot miniature city that combines hundreds of intricately detailed sculptures and cityscapes with magical elements to create one of the world’s truly... Read More

Insider's Tip

Fun for Everyone: All ages can enjoy Magic Town's special scavenger hunt.
Lodging

Blue Skies Inn Bed & Breakfast

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Fun bed & breakfast lodging at a quiet B&B inn, located on historic Manitou estate with stream and surrounded by hillsides of trees at the base of Pikes Peak. A quaint village of Gothic Revival... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Loyal Coffee

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Loyal Coffee is a barista owned and operated specialty coffee company based in Colorado Springs. We roast and brew coffee we love, for people we love, in the city we love. Read More

Insider's Tip

Souvenir Op: Loyal Coffee roasts their own beans locally; get some to take home.
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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

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Ignite Your Curiosity Discover Your Story. Located in the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the Colo Spgs Pioneers Museum portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region in dynamic... Read More

Insider's Tip

Going Up: Take a ride on the museum's original Otis Elevator.
Lunch

Jose Muldoon's

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Authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. Jose's has been an icon of downtown Colorado Springs since 1974. Our menu features signature margaritas and a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and vegetarian... Read More

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American Numismatic Association Money Museum

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Culture, art, science and history of money, plus Money of the Civil War exhibit. Read More

Insider's Tip

Don't Miss: Every third Saturday of the month, visitors can watch free mini mint demonstrations from noon to 4pm at the Money Museum.
Dinner

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

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Colorado Spring's oldest brewery. Located in the historic Cheyenne building, built in 1901, Phantom Canyon offers award-winning craft beer and amazing food. Read More

Insider's Tip

Prime Spot: Head up to the third-floor bar for pool tables and an outdoor patio.
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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

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The award-winning and critically-acclaimed FAC Theatre Company produces an annual season of musicals, comedies and dramas in our beautifully-restored SaGaJi Theatre, as well as a full schedule... Read More

Insider's Tip

Plan for This: The Fine Arts Center offers monthly free admission and family adventure days.
Lodging

SunMountain Wellness Retreat Center

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SunMountain Center is a historic bed and breakfast and wellness and yoga retreat venue, featuring a natural environment for guests to delve further into their consciousness and practice through... Read More