Must See Places in Colorado Springs

By August 24, 2021 No Comments

In my opinion, there are three must see places when you come to Colorado Springs:

  • The U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Garden of the Gods
  • The Broadmoor Hotel

They are very different but all have one thing in common:  they are free to visit and tour.

  1. The U.S. Air Force Academy 
United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO | Cadet Chapel,  Hiking and Tours

 Established in 1954 during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration, more than 4,000 cadets are enrolled in the academy. The academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting approximately a million visitors each year. The academy is open for visitors every day except Sundays.

  • Garden of the Gods
In 1879, Charles Elliott Perkins purchased 480 acres of land that included a portion of the present Garden of the Gods. Upon Perkin’s death, his family gave the land to the city of Colorado Springs in 1909.  The only request the family had was that land be used as a free public park.  Millions of people over the last 120 years have been the beneficiary of this geophysical wonder.
  • The Broadmoor Hotel
The Broadmoor Destination Resort in Colorado Springs

In July of 2021, after over a year of restricting visitors from enjoying the beauty of the hotel because of the Covid Pandemic, the Broadmoor reopened its doors to the public. Over the past 25 years, I have visited the Broadmoor dozens of times. I can say that I never tire of seeing the beauty of the hotel & convention center, as well as the spectacular gardens and lake that surround it. It’s a thrill to see the reaction of friends who see the hotel for the first time. And, if you want a real treat, go to the Broadmoor around Christmas time.  It’s spectacular!

There are a lot of tourist attractions to see when you come to Colorado Springs. But make sure to include at least one of these free to the public venues. I will guarantee that it will be worth your time.