With a total population of 464,871, Colorado Springs is not the largest city in Colorado ( Denver deserves that honor), nor does it offer world-famous attractions. If it is still definitely worth a trip, then that is mainly due to its – without exaggeration – beautiful, downright grandiose surroundings.
Even taking into account the fact that tastes differ, it can arguably be said that Colorado Springs is one of the most beautifully located cities in all of North America. And once you get there, you will also feel extremely comfortable in the city itself and will find worthwhile destinations for discovery tours.
Welcome to the base of Pikes Peak!
But first back to the location of Colorado Springs. The name says it all, the city is in Colorado, one of the ” Mountain States ” of the USA. So the main attraction here are the mountains – and what kind! Colorado includes the southern part of the Rocky Mountains, the northeast of the Colorado Plateau and the western part of the Great Plains. That can really be seen! One of the most famous mountains and probably the one with the highest recognition value in the entire USA is the “Pikes Peak”, which everyone should have seen in a film or in an advertisement. At his feet is Colorado Springs.
A mountain tour is probably the best way to get to know the city and its unique location. Do you want to go straight up to “Pikes Peak”? On a clear day, the view from the summit is magnificent. The view then extends to Denver in the north and the Rocky Mountains in the west. Depending on your fitness, you can reach the summit on foot, by car or by a small train. Once at the top, there is of course a pretty café as well as a souvenir shop for customers.
If you want to save the “Pikes Peak”, the “Garden of the Gods” is recommended. The almost 600 hectare nature park offers interesting hiking trails that can be mastered on foot, by bike, but also on horseback. Red rock formations protrude impressively from a green landscape and give an idea of what it might have looked like here before the settlement. The visitor center is a large open-air museum in which the life of the settlers in earlier centuries is very vividly traced – sometimes with real actors! Speaking of “centuries”. Colorado was incorporated into the United States of America in 1876 as the 38th country. At that time the Union of States celebrated its hundredth birthday. Colorado was therefore given the seat name “Centennial State” or “Century State”.
Historical greetings from distant times
Colorado Springs wasn’t always called Colorado Springs. “El Dorado” was founded near the former “Jamestown” in 1859, which should have come very close to what we imagine today as a typical Wild West town. The “Old Colorado City History Center”, which has its rooms in a former church, provides information on this. There photos, exhibits and also art objects remind of the time of the great awakening, the cowboys and the saloons. Ceramic works from the “Van Briggle Art Pottery” in particular should not be overlooked. They enjoy a high reputation among collectors worldwide and are not just in New Yorker Metropolitan Museum of Art, but also in the Louvre in Paris. After that, it makes sense to stroll down nearby Colorado Avenue, visit studios and galleries there and finally go out to eat in one of the many good restaurants.
Art is very important in this city
Downtown Colorado Springs is almost a little European. Wide boulevards, elegant houses – the founding fathers certainly didn’t have a cheap collection of jumbled buildings in mind when this city was conceived. What exactly her vision was can be perfectly understood in the “Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum”, while the “ProRodeo Hall of Fame” revolves around the history of the rodeo and the cowboys who made this sport famous. But the fine arts also have their place in this city. In the “Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center”, for example, the visitor can view an exquisite collection of paintings, including works by O’Keeffe, Russell and Audubon.
The excellent year-round sports that Colorado Springs offers is perhaps one of the reasons why it is home to the United States’ National Olympic Committee. This also means that various sports associations are based here, which in turn like to see the city as a venue for major competitions. Visitors can therefore be prepared for the fact that some national, perhaps even international championship will be held during their stay. For sports fans one more reason to spend an interesting vacation here.