The Best of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, or as the locals call it “The Springs”, is one of the most picturesque cities in America. The beautiful Rocky Mountains provide residents and visitors with breathtaking views and offers a variety of outdoor activities. There are so many different things to experience in Colorado Springs that we wanted to highlight our favorites. Since we already know you’re going to want to move here, we’ve recommended a few places to call home.
What To Do
The Garden of the Gods is a public park featuring remarkable red sandstone formations. Tour the park on your own (either by foot or bike), take a Jeep tour for $10 a person, or if you’re feeling really adventurous take a guided horseback tour via Academy Riding Stables. Some of the must see formations include the Balanced Rock, Three Graces, and Gateway Rock. The park stays open until 11 PM so we recommend staying late to watch the sunset over the mountains.
If you’re in Colorado Springs and don’t visit the summit of Pikes Peak, aka “America’s Mountain”, you’re missing out. Whether you decide to hike the 12.5 mile Barr Trail, drive through winding roads, or take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway the jaw-dropping views from 14,114 ft will leave you breathless.
The zoo is nestled into the side of Cheyenne Mountain and sits at 6,800 ft making it the only mountain zoo in the U.S. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to over 750 animals and 30 endangered species! Hand-feeding giraffes, holding a Burmese python, and going on a Moonlight safari are just some of the things that make this zoo one of a kind.
Where To Dine
Colorado Springs has a wide variety of dining options ranging from fancy, upscale establishments to modern, fast-casual restaurants. The three we’ve highlights below are must try’s before you go anywhere else.
King Chef’s Diner is home of the “Tastiest Breakfast in Colorado”. This cozy, 13-seat classic Valentine diner has been serving locals and visitors since 1956 and has never lost its charm. “The Grump” and “The Thing” are two popular items, but our favorite is the classic breakfast burrito. 2 scrambled eggs, sausage, grilled onions, and hash browns with their world famous Colorado Green Chili sauce. Make sure you have cash on you as King Chef’s Diner is cash-only.
Chef Brother Luck has worked at upscale restaurants around the country and has combined those flavors into his own place, Brother Luck Street Eats. Their motto is to serve “urban cuisine one bite at a time” and they conquer that with dishes such as the Tempura Jalapeno Poppers and the Chicken and Waffles. Chef Brother Luck changes the menu every few weeks to ensure using fresh ingredients from local sources.
Mackenzie’s Chop House serves the finest steaks and freshest seafood around pairing them with over 40 different types of martinis. This casual, yet elegant atmosphere has been a local favorite for almost 20 years. For seafood lovers, try the Cioppino or the Seared Scallops but if you came for the steak you’ll be happy to know there are 8 different cuts to choose from. Insider’s Tip: On Monday’s get the 10 oz. Prime Rib dinner for only 16.95!
The Hatch Cover is our favorite spot to enjoy Happy Hour in The Springs. As if $0.50 wings all day every day weren’t enough, every Monday thru Friday from 3-6 PM enjoy half off select appetizers and great drink specials. Draft beers and rail drinks are only $2.50 and a glass of the house wine is only $3.00. The best part is Happy Hour starts back up with those same great deals Tuesday-Thursday from 11:00 PM-close. Stop by on Sundays to enjoy great specials for the Broncos games!
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Where To Stay
The Aviator Apartment homes offer spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments for rent in the center of Colorado Springs. Wake up to a beautiful Colorado morning on your 2nd or 3rd floor balcony or take your dog for a walk to the nearby parks. The Aviator Apartment homes are close to a handful of shopping, dining, and entertainment options so you’ll always have something to do. The units feature hardwood style flooring in the foyer and kitchen and wall to wall carpeting in the living area and bedrooms.
Move into a 2 bedroom apartment at the Cheyenne Creek Apartments today! The heated indoor pool, business center, and fitness center are just a few of the community amenities residents get to enjoy. Certain floor plans will have varying amenities but some of the highlights include a Wood Burning Fireplace, private balconies, and 9 ft. ceilings. Upgraded units have stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The Cheyenne Creek Apartments are pet friendly and a perfect place to live to enjoy the mountain panorama outside your front door.
The Vue 21 Apartments offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments in the Powers Corridor of Colorado Springs. Workout any time you want at the 24-hour fitness center then cool off in the outdoor saltwater pool. The Vue 21 Apartments come equipped with black Whirlpool appliances and custom cabinetry. Enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains on your private balcony, and some units come equipped with an electric fireplace to keep you warm during the winter months. The 9 foot ceilings and large walk-in closets give residents some of the most spacious apartments in the area.
Keep In Mind
Since Colorado Springs is such an active city, it’s only natural that some of the best athletes come to train here. The U.S. Olympic Complex is located in the heart of the city and is the flagship training center for U.S. Olympic athletes. Schedule a tour at the complex to learn about the history of the U.S. Olympics team and get a sneak peak at the intense training they go through.
Let us know if we missed any of your favorite things to do in the area!