Attractions in Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak is one of the attractions in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The peak is more than 14,000 feet above sea level, and people can drive to the summit. Visitors can stop at the North Slope Recreation Area along the way. This area has three lakes with places for fishing and boating. There are also places for hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking. Sights from the summit of Pikes Peak include Colorado Springs, Denver, and the Continental Divide.

There are more places to enjoy the outdoors at Garden of the Gods Park. The park has 15 miles of trails. Visitors can climb, hike, bike, and ride horses here. People who are hungry after exercising can picnic in the park or admire the view while they eat on the terrace of the park's café. Scenic sights in the park include towering sandstone rocks.

There are 20 miles of trails to explore in Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Visitors can hike or bike through forests and prairies. Eagles, foxes, and elk can sometimes be spotted in the park.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has elephants, lions, gorillas, and other mammals. Turtles, lizards, and frogs are some of the reptiles here. Birds at the zoo include penguins, parrots, and hawks. A variety of plants are displayed in the zoo's gardens. There are plants from Africa and Asia. Visitors can see plants native to Colorado in the Colorado Life Zones Garden.

A trip to the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum will give visitors a glimpse into the area's past. Exhibits here focus on the region's agricultural and mining history. The museum has collections of quilts, pottery, and regional art.

Visitors can learn more about Colorado's history at the Ghost Town Museum. A boardwalk connects buildings containing items from the state's past. Buildings in the town include a Victorian home, a blacksmith's shop, a saloon, and a livery stable. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities such as churning butter and panning for gold.

Visitors who do not find any gold at the Ghost Town Museum can see some at the Money Museum. One of the exhibits here is a collection of American gold coins. Another exhibit focuses on the history of money.

Hungry sightseers who want a meal in an unusual setting will enjoy visiting the Airplane Restaurant. This restaurant is inside a converted Boeing airplane.