Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs treats its visitors to great views no matter where they find themselves. But that’s not the only reason why you should visit the second largest city of Colorado. So, pick up your rental car at the airport to effortlessly get from downtown up to Pikes Peak and explore the area at your own pace. There is so much to discover!
Marveling at the surrounding nature, it’s not hard to imagine that Katharine Lee Bates once wrote “America the Beautiful” sitting at the summit up Pikes Peak. Mountain bikers can ride up to the top via the Pikes Peak Highway, taking more than 150 turns along the way and ascending more than 4,800 feet. An easier and equally scenic way to go about it, is taking The Broadmoor's Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway train up while admiring the views from a comfortable seat.
Another way to visit Pikes Peak is by rental car, so you can later drive on to the entrance of the Garden of the Gods, one of the US’s most amazing parks showcasing 300 million years of geological history. The park has hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails and even allows for rock climbing.
In case you are an avid culture lover, head downtown. The area is known as the Creative District, boasting more than 50 pieces of public art which rotate on a yearly basis. Every first Friday of the month, galleries open their doors to host receptions and performances while street musicians create a lively ambiance any given day of the week. Also not to be missed is the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, an arts complex consisting of a museum, a theater, art galleries, a restaurant, and an art school.
More art can be found in Old Colorado City, where the Arati Artist Gallery features work by local artists. However, this district is even more important as the center of early settlement of the region. As a National Historic District, it’s been restored to evoke an idea of what the place used to be like in the mid-1800s. Moreover, at the Old Colorado History Center, visitors can learn all about the city’s past by going through artifacts, photographs, preserved texts, and recordings.
From history made to history in the making, do not forget to stop by the flagship US Olympic Training Center. Here, visitors can get a tour of the training grounds as well as visit the Hall of Fame and the exhibitions and the Olympic Visitor Center.
Make optimal use of your time in Colorado Springs by driving between the sights you want to see, when you want to see them. We at Orbitz have rental cars at all budgets and sizes. This way, you’re sure to find a vehicle that fits your specific needs. Pack your camera, throw your hiking boots in the trunk, and get ready to explore Colorado Springs.