A trip to Colorado can turn out to be one of the most memorable vacations of your life time.
The beautiful Colorado outdoors have something for everyone.
Come any season and you won’t be disappointed.
Now that summers have set in, there is a plethora of activities you can do in Colorado.
Here are Ten Things To Do In The Pikes Peak Region :
For your convenience, I’ve attached the website links too.
Garden of the Gods ( GOG ) : Get mesmerized with the red rocks and the breathtaking views. One of the most photographed views in Colorado // Plenty of picnic areas // stroller friendly walking park // hiking //rock climbing // biking trails. Website here.
30 minutes drive from COS airport,
100 minutes from Denver airport.
COS Downtown : Kid friendly // decent food options //close to Old Colorado City. Website here.
Manitou Springs : Small tourist town at the foot of pikes peak. Shopping //dining // hiking or just a casual walk around the town, you will instantly fall in love with this cute, little town. Can be combined with GOG. Can easily spend half day ( or even one full day) at GOG and Manitou Springs. Website here.
Pikes Peak : The America’s Mountain !! You can reach there via train ( advance booking) or by car. Beautiful scenic 19 mile drive. Don’t forget to eat donuts at the top of the peak. They bake fresh up there ! Be there by noon and be coming downhill by 2.00 p.m. as afternoon thunderstorms are always expected on a daily basis. Website here.
Seven Falls : Not worth the time. Go only if you have extra time. Hardly any water to see. The drive to reach there is quite scenic.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings : More details here.
White Water Rafting : In summers, you can plan a half or full day, calm or adventurous rafting trips in river Arkansas. All skill levels available. More details here.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo : America’s only mountain zoo. The Electric Safari around Christmas is quite popular.
Royal George : World’s highest suspension bridge, 1.5 hour drive from COS, worth your time and effort. Kid friendly, picnic spots, Train Rides available if you want to go real close to the gorge ! Expect to spend around ½ day there. Details here.
Dining in and around COS:
We don’t have many options here especially for authentic Indian food. The following are probably rated the best as per local media and also based on my personal liking.
Mexican: Salsa Brava, Amanda’s Fonda , The Loop ( Manitou Springs)
Thai : Thai Mint ( One of the best ), Wild Ginger ( Manitou Springs)
Indian : India Palace
Italian: Biaggi’s, Carrabbas , Most of the National Chains are here.
Local Breweries: The Phantom Canyon ( COS Downtown), Trinity Brewing Company ( Near Garden of the Gods)
Pizza: Marcos ( Exit 151), Ducas ( Exit 153, I 25) , IL Vicino ( Downtown), CPK
Coffee Lounges : Agia Sophia ( OLd Colorado City), Wisdom Tea House ( Monument on I 25, exit 162), Pikes Perk ( Downtown), Cafe Velo ( Exit 153, I – 25)
Sandwiches: Harvest Bread Company, CPK
Chinese : Lanshing Cafe ( Exit 151, I 25 ) , Silver Pond ( Exit 149, I 25)
Cafe 36’ is one of my personal favorites – located inside the Fine arts center. Not many people know about it. Excellent lunch spot.
Nosh – Located in Downtown COS, this fine social dining restaurant offers Contemporary American Cuisine. Good vegetarian options too.
All the above restaurants have vegetarian food options too. I have not listed the national fast food chains as you will find them in plenty here. Moreover one should try some local restaurants to enjoy the real flavor of the place.
I will be back next week with another article ‘Exploring Colorado – 2’, where I will take you to the Rocky Mountains /Estes Park .
Happy 1st of July.