Monday, June 5, 2017

24 Hours in Colorado Springs

I had a crazy week of traveling last week! I went to Colorado on Tuesday night, stayed for work in the morning on Wednesday, flew back to Atlanta Wednesday evening, and then back out to Colorado Friday afternoon and back home again on Sunday! It was definitely exhausting, but also amazing! I just love being surrounded by the mountains and able to breathe in the crisp, dry mountain air. (Anyone who lives in a place with a ton of humidity can attest!)

My mom and I flew out to Colorado Springs this weekend and spent all day Saturday touring around. (P.S.: Taking a trip with just my mom was on my 101 in 1001… I can cross that off the list now!) There’s a lot to see in the Springs, but you can do just about all of it in one (very tiring) day.

We started out by going to the Olympic Training Center. Colorado Springs is “Olympic City USA,” and I’m a total nerd when it comes to the Olympics so there was no way I was going out there and not touring the training center! It was amazing. At the start of the tour, they show a short video montage about the history of the modern Olympic games focusing on Team USA and I started crying almost immediately because of how much I loved it. (I wish I were kidding, but there were real tears shed.)


After the training center, we drove up to the United States Air Force Academy to see their famous chapel. It was so beautiful and certainly did not disappoint! That being said, next summer it’s closing down for a 4-5 year renovation, so if you’re dying to see it, be sure to get out there sooner rather than later!

 

For lunch, we really wanted to go to Old Colorado City (the old mining city) but missed it on the map by a block. But it ended up working out because we got to go to Manitou Springs instead! Manitou is also a mining city at the base of Pikes Peak (the mountain that inspired “America the Beautiful” …casual.) In Manitou there is a ton to do, like taking the train (or starting the hike) up to the summit of Pikes Peak, visiting museums about the miners that used to live there, and they have beer and wine festivals some weekends throughout the year. We decided not to go up Pikes Peak because it was kind of rainy and cloudy and weren’t sure the view would be worth it, but if it’s sunny we definitely would have! (The drive can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic, weather, time of year, and how many stops you make for pictures!)

We ended up eating lunch at the Manitou Brewing Company. It was AMAZING. We got two “shareable plates,” (nachos and pulled pork and homemade beer queso and their specialty fries with truffle oil, parmesan shavings, and chipotle sauce) and both of them were huge and so good.  We were both absolutely stuffed but couldn’t stop eating! Luckily, Manitou Springs is a great place to walk up and down the streets, so we did that and enjoyed looking at all of the local stores and jewelry makers.


After lunch, we went to the main attraction of Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods.  Garden of the Gods is a national landmark park that will always be free (!!!) to the public. However, you can book horseback riding tours through the park and I think that would be a really neat way of seeing the formations. We weren’t prepared to go hiking, so we stuck to the road through the park with just a couple of exceptions, one being balanced rock. Definitely one of the most popular stops, there were TONS of people, but with a little bit of patience and good timing, I was able to take some great pictures on the rock. And the ledge I was standing on was a lot higher than it looked! If I’m ever back in COS I would definitely wear better clothes and follow the hiking paths around and up some of the formations.


By this point, we were pretty tired so we drove to the downtown area and got a drink on the rooftop bar of Phantom Canyon. Then we walked around a little bit (still full from our amazing lunch!) and explored the Springs before getting dinner closer to our hotel on the east side of town.


Colorado Springs is definitely an interesting little place! You can literally see people from all walks of life just walking down the streets. It’s also the second biggest city in Colorado, but I don’t think you’d be able to tell if you didn’t already know. There’s an interesting mix of old and new, run down and just now being built. It’s also only an hour and a half away from downtown Denver, and a little over two hours away from the skiing at Breckenridge, Vail, etc. It would make a perfect day trip if you’re ever in Colorado!

Have you ever been to Colorado Springs?

29 comments :

  1. How fun! Looks like y'all had an awesome and eventful 24 hours. Those nachos and fries are mouthwatering...

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    1. Girlllll they were SO GOOD I'm still thinking about them!

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  2. This looks so fun! The images are beautiful and the food looks delicious. Now I need a mini vacation. lol

    xo
    claudia
    http://www.claudiaglamone.com

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  3. Oh my gosh what a week! I went to CO when I was in middle school and am dying to go back!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  4. So great pics! Love those cool rocks too!

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  5. It looks like you had SO much fun! What a great place to visit, I've never been but I really want to one day soon!

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  6. I haven't been yet but I live 2 hours away so I feel like I should check it out one of these days! My boyfriend would probably love the brewery lol

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    1. Yes!! There are SO many breweries in COS!

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  7. OMG this looks like so much fun! I've always wanted to visit one of the olympic training centers!

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  8. Looks like you had a great time! Those fries look SO good.

    Carrie | http://carrieeliseandkho.com/

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  9. Whew, I would be exhausted! I have only been in Colorado for a layover and I really want to get back so I can enjoy all that the state has to offer. I've heard great things.

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    1. If you love mountains (who doesn't, they're beautiful!), Colorado is definitely a great place to visit year round!

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  10. This is so so awesome. How cool that you got to visit the Olympic training center!

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  11. I've never been there but I would love to go. It looks like you had an amazing time!

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  12. I've never been to Colorado Springs but I've been to Colorado before and loved it. My husband is dying to move there haha.

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  13. I have honestly never even heard of Colorado Springs. Your trip looks like so much fun! I love all the red rocks. I'm dying to get out west.

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  14. I loved the picture of you jumping! So many thing to do there. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha, it's one of my favorite pictures from the trip!

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  15. I've never been to Colorado Spring but it looks beautiful!! That's awesome that you got to take a trip with your mom!

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  16. Woah! You did a lot in just 24 hours! So many great pictures and places you visited!

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  17. You accomplished a lot in 14 hours! Our favorite has to be your epic hike - so scenic :)

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    1. Ahh it was so beautiful! I want to go back and do more hikes!

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  18. I've always wanted to go to Colorado. I've heard so many great things about it and it looks like a beautiful state as well. It looks like you had a great time!

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    1. It's so pretty!! It's definitely one of my favorite states! :)

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  19. So so fun! I really wanna head out West and explore and see all those landforms and random big rocks!

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  20. The Academy and Manitou Springs are two great places to hit up in the area. :) Garden of the Gods is nice too...if it's not too crowded.

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  21. Wow that is so beautiful sounds like a great trip!

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  22. I just went to Garden of the Gods in May and I'm so sad that I missed Balanced Rock! What a cool photo op!

    Hannah

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