If your plans take you to Colorado Springs, CO, count yourself lucky. You’re in for some truly breathtaking views.
But first, take it easy. With an elevation of 6,035 feet, even athletes might experience some lightheadedness or shortness of breath. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the Garden of the Gods. It’s a stunning public park and natural landmark. The views are spectacular, and you can hike, bike, climb, or take a jeep tour. Best of all, you don’t have to leave the city limits to visit it. While you’re there, you’re sure to notice Pikes Peak mountain. It’s a recreation site and city symbol, and many residents boast that it is the most visited mountain in North America. You may want to take a car trip along Pikes Peak Highway, a scenic road that starts at an elevation of 7,400 feet and climbs to the summit at 14,115 feet.
Speaking of cars, if you have one you might want to hop in for just over an hour’s drive to nearby Denver, CO. Why? The city recently gained top marks from Americans in three generations (Boomers, GenX and Millennials) as their top “I’d be willing to move there” place. The city is located on rolling plains, 12 miles east of the foothills, and just beyond that are snowcapped peaks rising to 14,000 feet. The panorama from Denver contains 200 visible named peaks!
The city gained its nickname of “The Mile-High City” because the 13th step on the west side of the Colorado State Capitol building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. That’s one mile high. The city is extremely dry, so be sure to drink more water than usual when you are out and about. And if you enjoy golf, note that golf balls go 10% farther here. Also note, alcohol has more of a punch than at sea level!
The dining scene in Denver is worth a look: since the state experienced a 40% growth in less than a decade, the scene is young but worth exploring. For a date night pick, check out Spunito for edgy Italian cuisine and an uncommon, swoon-worthy wine list. For old world glamour, check out Ultreia. Taking its design cues from the historic architecture of Union Station, this tapas restaurant scores high points for its house creations (Moorish spiced pork ribs), gin tonics, and Iberian selections wine list.
The panorama from Denver contains 200 visible named peaks! The city is located on rolling plains, 12 miles east of the foothills, gentle mountains that climb to 11,000 feet, and just beyond are snowcapped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet.