Check Out Colorado Springs 7 Must See Attractions!

Colorado Springs is a great place to live for many reasons and we don't just think so, it was ranked #11 as one of the Best Places to Live by US News in the US.  As a Colorado Springs native, I take great pride in presenting our beautiful city to newcomers.  Whether you are relocating to Colorado Springs from another state, overseas or across town, I can make your move a great experience.  We love where we live and believe you should too!  Here is a list of our recommended 7 Must-See Attractions that will show you why we fell in love with the place we call home.   

1.   The Olympic Training Center is a piece of amazing history that can only be seen in our great town.  With the Olympics this week, we thought we would start off featuring this must-see attraction.  This complex houses the US Olympic Committee and the headquarters for the USA Swimming and USA Shooting teams.  This training center is able to accommodate over 500 athletes and coaches at one time.  It has 2 Swimming Pools, 242 Dorm Rooms, 512 Beds, 300,000 Meals Served and all on 35 beautiful Colorado acres. 

Four different tours are available and open to the public for a small fee. Here are some details about the tours: 
  • A Standard Tour or (OTC Tour) starts off with a video presentation followed by a walking tour of the facility.  The entire tour last about an hour.  
  • A Private Tour is also available for groups of 10 or more.  The fee is higher per person but may be worth it if you have a large group to ensure you are all together.  
  • You can also take advantage of the VIP Tour, which is an exclusive behind the scenes look at the facility.  This tour lasts around 3 hours and includes lunch in the athlete's cafeteria.  Additional cost does apply and must call in advance to reserve.  
  • The Athlete Guided Tour is for groups of 10 or more and it is a tour given by one of the athletes training onsite.  These tours are charged at the group rate plus a fee for the athlete.  The fee for the athlete depends on the athlete giving the tour.  These tours are based on the availability of the athletes.  

2.   Garden of the Gods is a registered National Natural Landmark and one of the most visited attractions in the region!  Not only is this park an amazing backdrop for photos but it has more than enough to keep you busy.  You can go biking, enjoy hiking on the trails, rock climbing, free guided walks, take advantage of adventure trails, jeep excursions, Segway rentals and trolley tours.  The jeep excursions, Segway rentals, and trolley tours do have a fee associated but are well worth it for a lifetime of memories.  If history is one of your passions, you will want to take advantage of their adventure trails series.  These series have a small fee but really give you in-depth knowledge about the area and rich history.  The hiking, biking, and rock climbing are all free.  There are 15 miles of trails to explore between 5 different trails.  There is even a trail that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. You will see some of the most wonderous rock formations during your trip to Garden of the Gods so don't come to town with stopping by.

3.   Pike's Peak was discovered by Lt. Zebulon Montgomery Pike in 1806.  He originally named this majestic mountain, "Grand Peak" but on maps, it was labeled "Pikes Peak".  Even though this mountain was discovered by Lt. Pike, he was never able to successfully climb the mountain.  He even predicted that no one would ever be able to climb the peak but Dr. Edwin James was able to climb it in 1820.  The first woman to climb Pike's Peak was Julia Archibald Holmes in 1858.  Then, in 1893, an author and teacher, Katharine Lee Bates was so moved by the beauty of Pike's Peak that she wrote "America the Beautiful".  Many people can visit the mountain by car, railway or by foot.  Every year people from all over the world come to our beautiful area to see this one of a kind formation that we are lucky enough to have in our backyard. 

4.   Seven Falls Waterfalls is known as "The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado".  This is a must see in Colorado that will take your breath away.  The series of waterfalls is located in a 1,250-foot wall box canyon between the Pillars of Hercules.  The waterfalls fall between some of the most stunning rock formations and golden prairies.  There are steps up the banks for anyone to climb and take in nature's beauty.  It is a challenging climb but one that won't be forgotten.  While here you can also enjoy the zip-line tours, shops, dining, and hiking trails.  There is a small fee to enter the park and for an additional fee, a tram can take those needing assistance getting to the base of the falls.  One of the most amazing formations of waterfalls is right here in Colorado Springs, and once you see this attraction, you will want to come back again! 

5.   Red Rock Canyon is a series of canyons and ridges created by natural erosions.  This beautiful area offers views that have taken over 240 million years to form.  Red Rock Canyon covers 789 acres originally in which most of it is for recreation such as hiking, climbing, cycling, freeride bicycle park, Dog walking loops and horseback riding.  Recently more land was purchased adjacent to Red Rock Canyon making the total recreational area 1,474 acres.  With many trails and park facilities, you can plan an entire day exploring this land.  Pack a picnic and enjoy the natural landscape that took millions of years to create.

6.    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America's only mountain zoo.  Ranked as one of the best zoo's in the nation, you will want to take time to see for yourself.  The zoo is open year-round so no matter what time of year you visit, you will be able to see amazing animals along with an amazing view.  You can tour the zoo on your own or there are knowledgeable tour guides available to show you around.  You will want to plan to ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride when visiting.  This chairlift-style open-air ride offers breathtaking views of the zoo, mountains and Colorado Springs.  What better way to see the area at one time.  There is a fee to enjoy the zoo as well as a small fee to ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride.  However, this will be an adventure you will only get in Colorado Springs, so make a day of it.

7.    Glen Eyrie Castle is truly a step back in time and a fully operational hotel and historic site.  This one of a kind castle is open to the public with tours lasting around 90 minutes.  The tour includes a video followed by a walking tour through the Carriage House, the First and Second floors of The Glen Eyrie Castle.  This castle has tons of history and when you leave you will feel like you have been a local for years with the knowledge gained.  This popular attraction sells out in the summertime so call ahead because you may need to book a week in advance. There is a fee to take the tour.  In addition to the tour, you will want to have Tea at the Castle for an additional fee. 

Colorado Springs is full of natural beauty and history.  It is not only a great place to visit but an amazing place to call home.  With this list of Top 7 Must-See area attractions, we guarantee you will fall in love with Colorado Springs.  Whether you’re a first time home buyer, an expert real estate purchaser, or someone getting into investment, we can help. Our team is compiled of the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs, and we would love to help you find just the right property. Not only do we want to help you find something that fits your budget, but also find a home that fits your style, location needs and more. Visit our website to learn more about our real estate services in Colorado Springs and give us a call to get started!  Let’s start browsing! It’s the first step to buying your home. If you’re interested in seeing a Colorado Springs home, you’re in luck. This is a great time to sell and buy, and our team wants to help you during the process, as soon as possible. Visit our website to learn more about all of our services and how we can help you through the coming year to achieve all of your real estate goals.

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793


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