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Rita's Guidebook

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Rita's Guidebook

Sightseeing
These recommendations are a must see when you are in Colorado Springs. Some are a distance from Colorado Springs but worth the travel given the views along the way.
Parking lots are available throughout the park. Great place to bike or hike through. Stay on the paths provided to prevent erosion of the delicate vegetation.
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Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
1805 N 30th St
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Parking lots are available throughout the park. Great place to bike or hike through. Stay on the paths provided to prevent erosion of the delicate vegetation.
Beautiful sights on the way to the cave. Inside the cave you will find amazing formations. A Guided tour will teach about caves and the formations
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
100 Cave of the Winds Road
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Beautiful sights on the way to the cave. Inside the cave you will find amazing formations. A Guided tour will teach about caves and the formations
This is about 90 minutes away but the drive is a must do for those that want to see the majestic mountains and also be able to take in a train ride, gambling, shopping, dining and maybe take in a Molly Kathleen mine tour. Altitude in Cripple Creek is over 9400 feet in elevation so give yourself time to adjust to elevation changes before making this journey. Consider canned oxygen if you are coming from low elevation to combat altitude sickness, especially if you are visiting from a lower elevation.
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Cripple Creek
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This is about 90 minutes away but the drive is a must do for those that want to see the majestic mountains and also be able to take in a train ride, gambling, shopping, dining and maybe take in a Molly Kathleen mine tour. Altitude in Cripple Creek is over 9400 feet in elevation so give yourself time to adjust to elevation changes before making this journey. Consider canned oxygen if you are coming from low elevation to combat altitude sickness, especially if you are visiting from a lower elevation.
If you are a hiker then this is the place for you. From the bottom of Cheyenne Canyon is Starsmore Discovery Center. Behind the discovery center is the beginning of the Columbine Trail. This trail is a total of 8 miles. The trail is split into three sections if you don't want to travel the entire 8 miles. The upper Columbine Trail will end at the top which is where you will find Helen Hunt Falls. Really a nice place to visit. The surroundings are beautiful.
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Helen Hunt Falls
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If you are a hiker then this is the place for you. From the bottom of Cheyenne Canyon is Starsmore Discovery Center. Behind the discovery center is the beginning of the Columbine Trail. This trail is a total of 8 miles. The trail is split into three sections if you don't want to travel the entire 8 miles. The upper Columbine Trail will end at the top which is where you will find Helen Hunt Falls. Really a nice place to visit. The surroundings are beautiful.
This restaurant is a bit of a drive up Ute Pass and to the west about 40 minutes. The views are exceptional all along Ute Pass. The restaurant is Irish cuisine with many on tap beers available. The view from this restaurant is phenomenal
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McGinty's Wood Oven Pub
11115 U.S. 24
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This restaurant is a bit of a drive up Ute Pass and to the west about 40 minutes. The views are exceptional all along Ute Pass. The restaurant is Irish cuisine with many on tap beers available. The view from this restaurant is phenomenal
Visitor center at this destination. To enter the gates go to the South Gate entrance and just have your drivers license for identification at the safety check. There are many airplanes on display. The North gate has a bomber on display. Stadium Blvd. has many others on display for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to also enjoy the planetarium on the grounds. This is where our Air Force cadets eventually become officers.
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U.S. Air Force Academy
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Visitor center at this destination. To enter the gates go to the South Gate entrance and just have your drivers license for identification at the safety check. There are many airplanes on display. The North gate has a bomber on display. Stadium Blvd. has many others on display for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to also enjoy the planetarium on the grounds. This is where our Air Force cadets eventually become officers.
This toll road will take you to the top of Pikes Peak. There is shopping and food at the top. If you are coming from lower elevation please think about taking some canned air with you. Most stores with sporting goods will have the canned oxygen. The elevation at the top is over 14,000 feet.
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Pikes Peak Highway
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This toll road will take you to the top of Pikes Peak. There is shopping and food at the top. If you are coming from lower elevation please think about taking some canned air with you. Most stores with sporting goods will have the canned oxygen. The elevation at the top is over 14,000 feet.
Make this ice cream shop part of your downtown Colorado Springs adventure. A kids favorite too.
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Josh & John's Ice Cream
111 E Pikes Peak Ave
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Make this ice cream shop part of your downtown Colorado Springs adventure. A kids favorite too.
Arrange for a tour of this historical castle. There is also a small gift shop on site. This is nestled in just north of the Garden of the Gods Park and is worth the experience. The view are fantastic.
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Glen Eyrie Castle
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Arrange for a tour of this historical castle. There is also a small gift shop on site. This is nestled in just north of the Garden of the Gods Park and is worth the experience. The view are fantastic.
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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 South Tejon Street
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Lots of stairs to climb to see the falls. Popular because of the beauty.
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The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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Lots of stairs to climb to see the falls. Popular because of the beauty.
Goat Patch Brewery
This is a strip of food and drink venues. The brewery is very popular with the locals.
This brewery is walking distance from The Bluebird Cottage. Just a couple of blocks to your East. This building used to be a school and is now reclaimed as a popular brewery and restaurant strip . There are rental bikes available for use at this site as well.
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Goat Patch Brewing Company
2727 N Cascade Ave
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This brewery is walking distance from The Bluebird Cottage. Just a couple of blocks to your East. This building used to be a school and is now reclaimed as a popular brewery and restaurant strip . There are rental bikes available for use at this site as well.
Food scene
This restaurant has great food that is well priced. If you are able to enjoy the outside seating you will have a creek to offer a nice setting for your meal
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Amanda's Fonda
3625 Colorado Avenue
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This restaurant has great food that is well priced. If you are able to enjoy the outside seating you will have a creek to offer a nice setting for your meal
Great food. This is in Old Colorado City. Great food. Very easy to just walk around and enjoy Old Colorado City with all of the shopping and historical buildings in this sector of the city.
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Bon Ton's Cafe
2601 Colorado Avenue
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Great food. This is in Old Colorado City. Great food. Very easy to just walk around and enjoy Old Colorado City with all of the shopping and historical buildings in this sector of the city.
The best Margarita you will find in Colorado. The Mexican food is delightful. This is nestled in Manitou and is a local favorite.
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Crystal Park Cantina
178 Crystal Park Road
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The best Margarita you will find in Colorado. The Mexican food is delightful. This is nestled in Manitou and is a local favorite.
Another Manitou favorite for Mexican food and great drinks.
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The Loop
965 Manitou Avenue
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Another Manitou favorite for Mexican food and great drinks.
This is just a few blocks east of the Blue Bird. Really wonderful food. The structure is really unique on the inside. You won't e disappointed.
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Johnny's Navajo Hogan
2817 North Nevada Avenue
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This is just a few blocks east of the Blue Bird. Really wonderful food. The structure is really unique on the inside. You won't e disappointed.
Our favorite steakhouse. The salad that comes with the main meal is really, really large. Steaks are perfect each time. All you can handle hot rolls and butter. Yum.
Texas T Bone Steakhouse
5245 N Academy Blvd
Our favorite steakhouse. The salad that comes with the main meal is really, really large. Steaks are perfect each time. All you can handle hot rolls and butter. Yum.
Shopping
Small community just up Ute Pass and only about 15 minutes away. Lots of shopping and food. Shops are abundant with local art
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Manitou Springs
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Small community just up Ute Pass and only about 15 minutes away. Lots of shopping and food. Shops are abundant with local art
Just to your north about 20 minutes. Strip shopping with many home décor, clothing and restaurant options. This is on the way to the Air Force Academy which is another popular destination for sightseeing
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The Promenade Shops At Briargate
1885 Briargate Parkway
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Just to your north about 20 minutes. Strip shopping with many home décor, clothing and restaurant options. This is on the way to the Air Force Academy which is another popular destination for sightseeing
Castle Rock is just north of Colorado Springs about thirty minutes. This venue offers so much shopping that you simply can't see it all in one day. There is plenty of opportunities to grab a bite too.
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Outlets at Castle Rock
5050 Factory Shops Blvd
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Castle Rock is just north of Colorado Springs about thirty minutes. This venue offers so much shopping that you simply can't see it all in one day. There is plenty of opportunities to grab a bite too.
Children’s interest
This is a place to take the kids. It is a Christian radio broadcasting studio.
This is an actual radio station that broadcasts Christian radio. Another special thing about this site is the attractions that are with children in mind. There is a play area, a small café, and a two story slide that is so much fun for the kids.
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Focus on the Family
8605 Explorer Drive
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This is an actual radio station that broadcasts Christian radio. Another special thing about this site is the attractions that are with children in mind. There is a play area, a small café, and a two story slide that is so much fun for the kids.
This is my favorite nature center. Certain times of the year there are special presentations that are full of learning experiences about nature.
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Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
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This is my favorite nature center. Certain times of the year there are special presentations that are full of learning experiences about nature.
This is a special park to me because I have a tribute bench to my mother who passed away many years ago. This park offers outside fun including grilling/picnicking /strolling about. There is a tetra pond there with lily pads and ducks. Extensive gardens and the view of Pikes Peak seems uninterrupted. There is a playground for the kids. Also a really special tribute wall and tribute gardens.
Nancy Lewis Park
This is a special park to me because I have a tribute bench to my mother who passed away many years ago. This park offers outside fun including grilling/picnicking /strolling about. There is a tetra pond there with lily pads and ducks. Extensive gardens and the view of Pikes Peak seems uninterrupted. There is a playground for the kids. Also a really special tribute wall and tribute gardens.
This is a great place to spend the day with lots to see. This setting is close to The Seven Falls which is another popular attraction to the area.
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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This is a great place to spend the day with lots to see. This setting is close to The Seven Falls which is another popular attraction to the area.
Entertainment
Check out the availability of shows and attractions at the Pikes Peak Center. This has some really nice attractions that vary depending on the day. Ex. Colorado Springs Symphony
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Pikes Peak Center For The Performing Arts
190 South Cascade Avenue
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Check out the availability of shows and attractions at the Pikes Peak Center. This has some really nice attractions that vary depending on the day. Ex. Colorado Springs Symphony
This is another venue similar to the Pikes Peak Center only much larger. Check online to see if there are events that interest you.
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World Arena and Ice Hall
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This is another venue similar to the Pikes Peak Center only much larger. Check online to see if there are events that interest you.
If you love motors and racing please check out the website for events that may be going on during your stay. This is a family favorite.
Pikes Peak International Raceway
16650 Midway Ranch Road
If you love motors and racing please check out the website for events that may be going on during your stay. This is a family favorite.
Lots of fun for all ages. This is inside go kart racing.
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Overdrive Raceway
196 Spectrum Loop
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Lots of fun for all ages. This is inside go kart racing.
Great place to burn off some energy and have fun at the same time.
Springs Climbing Center
4642 Northpark Drive
Great place to burn off some energy and have fun at the same time.
If it is baseball season this is lots of excitement and fun
Weidner Field, Home of the Switchbacks FC
6303 Barnes Rd
If it is baseball season this is lots of excitement and fun
This is much more than a park. There is a lake here that you can rent paddle boats at to allow for full enjoyment of this centrally located park. Lots and lots of room to run and enjoy. The City has made this park a fun place to enjoy.
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Memorial Park
117 Center Ave
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This is much more than a park. There is a lake here that you can rent paddle boats at to allow for full enjoyment of this centrally located park. Lots and lots of room to run and enjoy. The City has made this park a fun place to enjoy.

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