Thursday, May 2, 2013

Plan a Colorado Springs Summer Vacation

Where to Stay
  • Because Colorado Springs' summer weather is lovely (if not a little hot), consider camping instead of staying in a hotel. This could save you $100+ a day.
  • For hotels, use websites like Trip Advisor to find the best deals based on your check-in/out dates.
  • Couch surfing is the free way to stay anywhere! Visit https://www.couchsurfing.orgto find people opening their homes to travelers like yourself.

FREE Things to Do
  • Garden of the Gods is so beautiful! Hiking, climbing rocks free-hand, biking-- all beautiful and fun! So much to see there.… The Trading Post is a little restaurant area that has delicious buffalo burgers! You can also pan for rocks there. Horse-back rides are available too.
  • The Pioneer Museum is a free museum downtown that talks about Colorado Springs' history. You get to ride in an old-timey elevator, see old guns, take pictures wearing old-timey clothes, see a replica of an old house, and more! (You can ask them for a scavenger hunt. It's most fun if you do it with friends or family and see who can answer the most questions.)
  • The Briargate YMCA has a free skate park. Here's the website with the address:…
  • Manitou Springs is a nearby city. There's a huge arcade and even a penny arcade (with some antique games)! Walking around there is wonderful because of the many unique shops and a great park. It's what we call a "hippie" town. :) They have a rubber duck store. It's easy to spot because there's a giant rubber ducky outside.… There's also an awesome creperie. (The Nutella & banana crepe is to die for.)
  • Visit for more ideas and a calendar with free events!
Things Requiring Money
  • Take a tour through the amazing Cave of the Winds! You can take a normal tour, or pay a little extra to do the lantern tour. On the lantern tour, they tell you ghost stories and you carry your own lantern. Highly recommended. A "bat-a-pult" (a seated zipline) was recently installed. This costs $20. You can pay to pan for rocks here too, as well as visit the gift shop and play an arcade game downstairs while waiting for your tour.
  • The Cliff Dwellings are a little pricey but pretty cool if you like history. These are ancient Indian homes that were carved into cliffs. You get to walk around inside the homes (you can climb a few steps or ladders to go to the 2-story ones). There's also a museum there.
  • Glen Eyrie is a beautiful castle and grounds in Colorado Springs! ($6 for everyone except kids 5 and under are free.) You can also pay to have a fabulous, fancy tea!…
  • Visit for more events and ideas!
I removed this from my own writing on Wikihow, as I can't use links to other websites on there. This article is also remnant of an answer you may find on Yahoo! Answers, but that is also my work. :P I live in Colorado Springs, so this is an insider's look at this beautiful city.

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