You’re Heading to Colorado Springs, CO
A mountain escape is not only good for the body, but good for the soul. Which is why it only made sense to include Colorado Springs as one of our three destination getaways for our Spring Break Brand Event. But whether taking your chances at entering to win, or planning your own getaway – we wanted to round up our local favorites sure to make your mountain escape one to remember.
Where to Stay
A little history, a lot of beautiful – that’s the Broadmoor in a nutshell. They opened their doors in Colorado Springs over a century ago – but they’ve had their fair share of growth since. Now with 17 restaurants across their properties, your pick from two golf courses, or a little light shopping – Broadmoor has a little something for everyone. That’s especially true when you consider its backdrop.
What to Do
Get lost in the great outdoors – or at least find a trail and do a little wandering. We rounded up a few ways to unplug and experience a bit of what Colorado has to offer.
Garden of the Gods:
If you’re looking for a reminder of just how incredible the natural world is, these iconic red rock formations are a must-see. You can explore the countless trails on foot, by Jeep, or even by Segway if that is more your speed. The public park has been voted best city part in the country and you’ll understand why once you’re there and learning more about its history.
While talking the great outdoors, we’d be amiss to not note Pikes Peak. The highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains has been around roughly 2.3 billion years (feel that fact was important for those of you feeling a little older) – and is just 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, making for the perfect daytrip.
While you’re there, check out Seven Falls.
Skip if Afraid of Heights:
If you’re up for a bit of a drive and want to see something truly breathtaking, we’d suggest a quick jaunt over to Royal Gorge. For those of you who aren’t afraid of heights, that is. Royal Gorge sits about 50 miles southwest of Colorado Springs and has everything ranging from whitewater rafting to zip line tours. Making it famous, though, would be the pedestrian suspension bridge sitting more than 900 feet above the Arkansas River. Talk about an Instagram moment.
Royal Gorge site (where you can purchase tickets)
For the History Buffs:
Check out the National Museum of World War II Aviation. The exhibit maps the development of aviation and the role it played leading up to, and during, World War II. The focus is on American aviation, with an impressive 18 restored aircraft located on-site for visitors to view.
Grab a Drink:
Reserved for our readers 21 years and older, we do feel it important to note there are a handful of local breweries worth the visit for those of you who appreciate a happy hour. By handful, we’re talking nearly 20 craft breweries in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas.
Where to Eat
For those who brunch, Urban Steam should definitely be on your list of places to go and eat (a lot). From their range of breakfast beverages, to their larger than life (and belly) portions of all of your favorite breakfast foods – plus a few new twists on old favorites. Personally we’d recommend the Urban Tourist under Bennies.
Front Range BBQ:
Barbeque is one of those things you truly only ever recommend when it’s good – like *really* good – and so when we recommend Front Range, we’re willing to put our corn muffins where our mouths are (literally, can we get some corn muffins?!). Located in Old Colorado City, the restaurant is built into an old house and balances awesome food with a relaxed atmosphere.
Because sometimes you just need a taco, and if that sometime happens to overlap with your trip to Colorado Springs, we want to make sure it’s a good one. Dos Santos is also in downtown, offering all of your favorites, plus a few head turners – like their Tuna Poke Nachos or Squash Bombs (literally beer battered butternut squash – we couldn’t make this up).
Ristorante Di Sopra:
Date night in Colorado Springs is taken care of thanks to this gem. Family owned, this Italian restaurant is the real deal in elevated cuisine that will leave you full and very happy. Pasta, dessert, a bit of wine – need we say more?
Locate a Nearby Store
Find the nearest Buckle store to you or to each of our getaway locations. For Colorado Springs, search 80829.
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