This post is sponsored by Visit Colorado Springs.
There’s something about Colorado’s stunning natural beauty that has captivated me for years. When I was in Grade 5, my parents took me out of school and we road tripped around the U.S. for a few weeks. There were many memorable moments from that vacation but Colorado’s scenic landscapes still stick out in my mind. Maybe because it reminded me so much of home and the fact that I have always been happiest in the mountains. Recently, I’ve had an itch to return as I see gorgeous photos from Colorado Springs pop up on my Instagram feed all the time.
Every time we travel, I create a must-do list of things I want to see in a particular area instead of putting together an itinerary. I find that travel plans need to be fluid, unless you want to be disappointed and the list helps me see what’s most important if delays happen or we need to cut our time short.
With Colorado in mind for our next destination and with the help of Visit Colorado Springs, I was able to pull together a few of the most scenic and beautiful views of the area. This list, as with all my lists, is a combination of hikes, viewpoints and drives for a well-rounded experience. Enjoy! I am sure that we will be updating this post in the near future as we fully intend to check every single one of these spots off soon.
1. The Garden of the Gods
Enormous red rock formations tower above the paths at the Garden of the Gods, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. This stunning park is reminiscent of places like Arches or Bryce Canyon National Parks just a bit further south.
2. Pikes Peak
One of the most famous hikes in the area for good reason. Pikes Peak winds up over 7,401 feet to a fabulous lookout on top of the mountain for incredible 360-degree views. This is a long and challenging day hike which could take anywhere between 6-10 hours depending on your training and level of fitness. There is actually a campsite along the way (Barr Camp) where you can stop along the way. It can also be accessed by highway for those that aren’t wanting to hike.
3. The Broadmoor Seven Falls
A series of 7 cascading waterfalls for the waterfall lovers out there. Pretty self-explanatory, and the views are lovely.
4. Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
This is America’s highest suspension bridge and it is spectacular! You can walk across it and the views from all sides are breathtaking. For even better views, book onto their Via Ferrata Tour where you can climb up the mountain with a trained mountain guide.
5. Jeep Tour through the canyons
For something a little more adventurous, hop on one of the many 4×4 Jeep Tours offered. You’ll get to go off the beaten track to explore the area and for extreme thrill-seekers, you can combine a Jeep tour with white water rafting or horseback riding.
6. Red Rock Canyon
More red rock formations and winding trails to explore.