The Perfect Vacation Day in Colorado Springs
Welcome to Olympic City, U.S.A, where the mountains are close, the atmosphere is friendly, and every day is an adventure. Whether it’s your first time in town, you’ve lived here for years, or you’re simply looking to give a visitor a tour of Colorado Springs, here’s the perfect single-day itinerary sure to deliver the best of what this city has to offer. From cliffside zip lines to massive waterfalls to classic Colorado cuisine, this jam-packed day will be one you won’t soon forget.
1. Morning Adventures in Colorado Springs
8:00 AM: Stuff Yourself at King’s Chef
You’re just rolling in to Colorado Springs – hopefully you’ve got a full stomach. Before you start your adventures for the day, make a stop by King’s Chef Diner. They’ve had food featured on the Food Network, so you can be sure it will be delicious. If you’re not sure what to get, go for the breakfast burrito topped half-and-half with gravy and green chili (a Colorado classic).
9:15 AM: Roll Through the Garden of the Gods
While you’re still digesting the massive King’s Chef breakfast, drive through the Garden of the Gods loop. You’ll be able to see some of the most iconic rock formations from your vehicle. If you think you’ve got time to stop, park at the main lot and stroll through the main walking loop. It’ll take about 30 minutes.
10:30 AM: Find a Rush at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure
Consisting of 10 zip lines that speed from canyon wall to canyon wall, The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is sure to thrill. You’ll sail hundreds of feet above the ground on zip lines that range from 250 to 1,800 feet. Additional features of the course make this zip line experience particularly unique, including multiple adrenaline-inducing suspension bridges and a controlled 180-foot rappel.
Don’t think the full course is for you? You’re also able to split this experience up between the “Woods Course” section and the “Fins Course” section. The “Woods Course” is a bit tamer with zips above trees and emerald valleys and the “Fins Course” is more intense, with cliffside platforms and exposed bridges.
2. Lunch is all about Colorado cuisine.
1:30 PM: Taste Test Some Iconic Colorado Cuisine
Fresh trout is one dish you can’t skip during your trip to Colorado. Thankfully, you’ll end The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure just steps away from Restaurant 1858. With 7 variations of this classic Colorado dish, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t think trout is for you? They’ve also got a bison burger, loaded nachos, and delectable desserts.
How did this restaurant get its name? 1858 is the year gold was discovered in Colorado.
3. Waterfalls in the Afternoon
2:30 PM: Experience “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado”
Just outside of Restaurant 1858, you’ll find The Broadmoor Seven Falls – one of Colorado’s most unique waterfall destinations. Consisting of – you guessed it – seven pitches, there are multiple ways to experience this beauty. You’re able to climb more than 200 steps to the top of the falls or take an elevator to an overlook that will give you an expansive view of the entire attraction.
If you’re not tired yet, explore the trails behind The Broadmoor Seven Falls, including one that leads to “Inspiration Point” – a panoramic mountain view. After you’ve got your fill, head back to the entrance into the canyon by shuttle or on foot. We recommend walking so that you can enjoy the beautiful scenery for a bit longer.
4. Experience the Local Nightlife
5:00 PM: Explore the Streets of Manitou Springs
Once you’ve finished The Broadmoor Seven Falls experience, head to downtown Manitou Springs. This unique mountain town is located just outside of Colorado Springs. It’s known for being artsy, with many galleries and shops to explore. There’s also quite a bit of food here, including several places for ice cream. It’s the perfect stop for a stroll before dinner. If you’re looking for something especially unique to do here, check out the Penny Arcade. You’ll find playable games from the start of the 20th century.
7:30 PM: Hit the Town’s Oldest Brewery
For dinner, head on over to Phantom Canyon located in downtown Colorado Springs. It’s the oldest brewery in the city and is sure to please. Not only do they have a wide variety of beer on tap, they’ve also got a great dinner menu to match. What’s particularly cool about this spot is that you can pick the experience you’re looking for. Find a spot on the first floor if you’re looking for the typical dinner setting or head to the second floor for billiards, darts, and a balcony.
9:00 PM: Pub Hop on Tejon
Now that it’s dark outside, Tejon will start to come alive. This is the main bar street in downtown Colorado Springs. We recommend checking out a few of the pubs like Jack Quinn’s, Brewer’s Republic, and Odyssey for a laid back experience. Looking for something more upbeat? Hit the clubs. There’s something for everyone on Tejon, and it’s a great place to end your night.