Must-See Destinations in & Around Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is an amazing destination for those who want to relax and get inspired by nature, culture, and history. Filled with various attractions, the city — which is conveniently close to Denver — is perfect for a road trip and a more secluded journey. 

During the pandemic, people have had to redefine the way they travel. As a result, many chose to explore their local areas and states. In particular, natural destinations, small towns, and beaches were among the favorites, according to a recent survey by apartment search website RENTCafé. And, as a smaller town with plenty of natural attractions — including a natural wonder and many other hiking options — Colorado Springs fits right in. 

So, if you’re thinking about a road trip and looking for a destination, consider a Colorado Springs apartment to rent for a while. Who knows, if you enjoy it and you have the opportunity to work remotely, maybe you even decide to call it home for a while. 

If you’re ready to start this adventure in Colorado Springs and its surroundings, you will be impressed to find these gems: 

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Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is a natural landmark with amazing vistas. And, with unusual rock formations and a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak, this place is the perfect opportunity to take in nature and be inspired by its beauty. Here, you can go on a hike and enjoy the fresh air and smells of this natural wonder or view the entirety of the natural park from your car. Whichever you choose, with its free admission, paved walkways and trails, as well as a shuttle that escorts you from the entrance to the main area of the park, the Garden of the Gods is as friendly and accessible as it is beautiful.

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Pikes Peak

To continue on your quest to explore the natural beauty of Colorado Springs, take a trip to Pikes Peak. You can reach the summit by car or — for the more adventurous souls — there are also options to travel on foot, as well. Another intriguing option is to schedule a bike tour. Pikes Peak Bike Tours take you to the top of the summit in a shuttle, from which you can descend the entire mountain on bike. 

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Seven Falls

A gorgeous location where seven waterfalls make their way down canyon walls, Seven Falls is truly an experience as you climb a 224-step staircase to reach the top of one waterfall and take in the view from there. (There’s also an elevator for those who are unable to climb stairs.) Alternatively, for an express view of the place, the Soaring Adventure zipline can take you through multiple courses and offer a different perspective of the beauty of Broadmoor and Seven Falls. 

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Red Rock Canyon

Complete your adventure in the heart of nature by taking a trip to Red Rock Canyon. Part of the Pikes Peak region, this open space is found in a sculpted canyon. And, because of the geology and climate of the area, many different species of plants and animals thrive here. The space is also a major recreation area with various spots for picnics and bike rides, as well as hiking and climbing options, horseback riding and off-leash dog parks. 

In-City Attractions

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to spend more time in Colorado Springs, there are plenty of options to learn about the history and culture of the city, as well as see its beauty. For instance, if you’re looking to learn about the lifestyle here, take the time to grab a bite to eat in one of the local eateries or get a quick snack from one of the many food trucks available in the downtown area.

Likewise, take time to visit some of the museums here, including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Miramont Castle and the Spencer Penrose Heritage Museum. While you’re there, don’t miss the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum or the U.S. Air Force Academy Planetarium & STEM Center, which holds public shows about the universe and life on Earth. 

You could also visit the unique Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — the only mountain zoo in the country — to ride a tram and check out the many species that are native to the Rocky Mountains. Or, if you’re looking for something thematic — or you simply love Christmas and want to experience it all year round — then go to North Pole, the home of Santa’s Workshop. 

No matter what you’re here to do, Colorado Springs has an abundance of options for any and all travelers. And, with remote work becoming more popular, you could even consider renting an apartment here for an entire month and just living life in a quieter place, more in touch with nature. Either way, enjoy your stay in Colorado Springs!