Welcome to Colorado Springs, CO!
A resort town nestled in the mountains of Colorado, The Springs is an adorable area full of incredible hiking, breathtaking views, and fantastic food. Oft overlooked for the big city of Denver or the skiing of Vail, Colorado Springs is a town absolutely worth enjoying and exploring. Get ready to spend the next few days drinking, eating, hiking, and unwinding!
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Here's Whym's top ten things to know about Colorado Springs, CO
Welcome to Colorado Springs - routinely listed as one of the best cities in America, not just for its breathtaking views, outdoor recreation, affordability, & its abundant sunshine, "Olympic City" is a great place to get outside & explore. Considered a crossroads for historians, sportsmen, architects, artists & foodies, Colorado Springs is a city to fall in love & awe with.
Finding Your Way
Colorado Springs is best explored by car. Metered parking is inexpensive and, in the evenings, you can get free parking for four hours. When in the downtown area, if you'd rather, there is an extensive bus service called the Metro which runs all over town from early morning until about 10:30 pm - keep in mind, Sunday service is limited & it doesn’t run on holidays. Be prepared to spend time driving from place to place, you’re here for the nature, so there’s time in the car, but the views are definitely worth it.
While there is Colorado Springs Airport (COS), a smaller airport about 20 minutes from downtown, it is rarely flown into. Some of the hotels have shuttle service or you can grab a cab or Lyft for about $20-40 from COS to your hotel. The more popular option is to fly into the Denver International Airport (DEN) & do the 65 mile drive to Colorado Springs.
Part of the American frontier, Old Colorado City was built in 1858 during the Pike's Peak gold rush. The town was founded by General William Jackson Palmer as a resort town. Railroads brought tourists from all over the United States & word spread quickly of the beauty & opportunities here. It became home to miners, artists, & writers as the town began to grow. The lore of CO Springs health benefits also began being touted from the springs & the nature & health spas & resorts began defining the area more & more in recent years.
Why Am I Here?
Located at the base of the Rocky’s & its many trails & parks, it is a popular destination for those seeking breathtaking scenery, rock formations & places like Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods Park, The Broadmoor Seven Falls, & Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Come here to commune with nature & enjoy true pampering.
Colorado Springs has a semi-arid climate. Its location just east of the Rockies affords it the rapid warming influence from chinook winds during winter but also subjects it to drastic day-to-day variability. It boasts 243 days of sunshine a year & gets about 16" of precipitation a year. December is the coldest month averaging 30° & July is the warmest averaging 85°, with August getting the most precipitation with 3”+ of rain.
Colorado is known for bison & lamb and of course, Rocky Mountain oysters. Desserts from the Colorado famed Palisade peaches are a must for something sweet. CO Springs hosts more than 30 breweries & marijuana is legal for recreational use here too.
Visit the Colorado Commonwheel Artists Co-op where local artists share their wares. If you'd rather take home some sweets, stop by Patsy's Candies for some homemade toffee & peanut brittle. The best souvenirs though will be pictures you snap along the way.
Plan to wear jeans & t-shirts while here & bring a hoodie/sweater for when the chill sets in. Or throw on some western wear & cowboy boots & you'll fit right in! Fall & winter calls for the essential down coat, gloves & hats.
This beautiful location offers dozens of outdoor activities to suit any taste. Located over a mile above sea level. While that means you are closer to the moon & stargazing is amazing, it also means there is less oxygen, so you'll need to take care when exercising & don’t be worried if you get a nosebleed. The good news is it will take a lot less alcohol to get a buzz so be careful & drink lots of water!