The historic district of Old Colorado City. a section of greater Colorado Springs, combines shopping. Dining, entertainment, and special events into a charming and unique experience. Beautiful hundred-year-old brick buildings and tree-lined sidewalks provide the setting for more than 125 specialty shops, boutiques, and restaurants that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
Old Colorado City is the oldest city in the Pikes Peak Region, established in 1859 and designated the first capital of the Colorado Territory in 1861. It is now a treasured National Historic District.
During your fun day of shopping, Visit some of Colorado Springs’ independent restaurants. Locals stand in line for the fresh bread and French onion soup at La Baguette French Bakery and Café. You can also enjoy breakfast on the patio of Bon Ton’s Café, homemade ice cream at the Colorado City Creamery, burgers and beer at Thunder & Buttons, or many other unique options. On Saturdays, Shop for fresh Colorado ingredients at the Old Colorado City Farmers Market. From Old Colorado City, it’s only a short drive to Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Pikes Peak, or downtown Colorado Springs.
The 14,1 70.foot summit of Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in North America, and it offers many ways to enjoy its magnificence. Take a drive up Pikes Peak Highway, hike up the Barr Trail, or even ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway all the way to the top. You will be one of more than half a million people each year who enjoy the peak in all its glory.
Two notable events that take place on the mountain each year are the Pikes Peak Marathon and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. If you have a fear of heights or lack endurance, travel to nearby Cave of the Winds, where you will experience jaw dropping wonder and astonishment at its geology and adventure rolled into one. Or go to Santa’s North Pole, at the entrance of the Pikes Peak Highway, where it is Christmas all year long.
When you travel to Pikes Peak, not only will you enjoy a beautiful view, but you will also find a charming shopping and cultural treat in Manitou Springs. Nine mineral springs throughout town are fed by the snowmelt of Pikes Peak. Adam’s Mountain Cafe, Craftwood Inn, and the Briarhurst Manor are just some of the unique places dine while you are in town.
Focus on the Family is an American Christian conservative organization founded in 1977 by psychologist James Dobson, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wikipedia
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"If you are looking for a fun, adventurous way to experience Colorado on your next vacation, or even if you are a local who's never been up the mountain, Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours can provide you with an exciting option for making memories that will last a lifetime!"
-The Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours Website
The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine, formerly and historically the Cresson Mine, is an active gold mine located near the town of Victor, in the Cripple Creek mining district in the US state of Colorado. Wikipedia
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway is an Abt rack system cog railway with 4 ft 8 ¹⁄₂ in standard gauge track in Colorado, USA, climbing the well-known mountain Pikes Peak. The base station is in Manitou Springs, Colorado near Colorado Springs. Wikipedia