Getaway in Colorado Springs

Hey everyone!

I'm really excited to write about my time in Colorado! It was my first time ever in the state, and it was also my first time seeing mountains. It was a vacation I will definitely never forget. The scenery in Colorado is so vivid and honestly everywhere you looked felt like being in a Bob Ross painting. I decided I would write a mini guide to Colorado Springs and must sees!

My boyfriend and I decided to drive from Austin, Texas to Colorado Springs in one day. It was a total of 14 hours including all the stops and rest breaks we took. I felt like we were never going to get out of Texas! We hit the road around 9 am and didn't arrive to our hotel in Colorado Springs until 1am. If you asked me if I regretted driving in leu of flying, I'd with no hesitation say NO! Somewhere in New Mexico, I pulled over on the shoulder lane of their infamous "highway of death" to stretch my legs. The view of the stars in the dark of night in New Mexico is something I'll never forget. I don't know if many of you have see the night sky with little to no street light, but it is breathtaking. The night sky is filled with stars everywhere! 

Anywho! Here is my guide to seeing as much as you can in as little time in Colorado Springs!

Garden of the Gods.

Our first stop the next morning was Garden of the Gods. If it's your first time in Colorado Springs, it is a must see. Best of all, it's a free public park! It is the perfect setting for a morning hike! 

Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum

If you'd love a little bit of history on a vacation, then Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum is the perfect next stop. The museum is about 10 minutes more or less from Garden of the Gods! Warning: there is an entrance fee of $10 per person. It is a self guided tour, but well worth it. The museum consists of relocated Ancenstral Puebloan cliff dwellings. You can travel back in time by actually walking through the dwellings. There is also a small museum next to the gift shop with more information regarding the way of life back then and artifacts. 

Pikes Peak

I saved the best for last! Pikes Peak is a must on everyone's list! You honestly will not regret it. Pikes Peak is a 19 mile highway to the summit of Pikes Peak. It will be the best money you've ever spent. I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU HOW BEAUTIFUL AND A NECESSITY THIS IS ON YOUR TRIP TO COLORADO SPRINGS. I had to take a moment and just take in the beauty I was seeing before my eyes. So yes, you read that right, it's a highway. The elevation at the summit is 14k ft! I was literally above the clouds! Every mile or so, there are pull over spots to park and just bask in the scenery. When I visited, the top of the summit was under-construction so we had the option to park at mile 13 or mile 16. From there, we took a shuttle bus to the top. I highly recommend this!! If you're anything like me, then you're not used to high elevation, or you know, driving literally on the side of the cliff!! The roads are so curvy and narrow. I could not look out the window at some points. Taking the shuttle bus to the summit was the perfect option for my boyfriend and I because it gave us both a chance to relax and enjoy the ride up. At the tippy top, there is a gift shop and cute cafe. You need to try their hot cocoa and world famous donuts! You'll thank me later. I was not used to the elevation so I suggest drinking tons of water because I had the worst headache afterwards. Also, prepare for some gusty winds. I would definitely visit Pikes Peak again. It was magical.

I'd love to hear in the comments section below which one you'd plan to go to or if you've been to any of the places mentioned!

stay cozy and wandering,
Stephanie Marie xoxo

1 comment

  1. I love traveling! Colorado is one of my bucket list places to go to. These images are stunning and make wish I was there with you.