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The 20 best things to do in Colorado Springs

At the foot of the Rockies along the storied Front Range of Colorado, Colorado Springs is a treasure trove of outdoor pursuits suitable for everyone from Olympic athletes to the littlest explorers. The splendor of the scenery, from majestic red rock formations and mesmerizing waterfalls to picturesque alpine lakes, inspires an active way of life that draws visitors from around the globe. But that’s not to say the museums, restaurants, and hotels aren’t world-class in and of themselves. Rich with the history of a pioneering people, the region has no shortage of ways to get acquainted with the Wild West and the frontier spirit that shapes the city’s character and heritage. So rustle up your inner cowboy and start exploring.

11 must-try restaurants in Colorado Springs

Some might say Colorado Springs has long occupied the culinary shadow of its booming neighbor to the north, Denver. But the chefs and restaurateurs in this Front Range hub are committed to pushing the foodie envelope farther and farther, even as they strive to preserve the dining traditions that anchor this picturesque urban oasis at the foot of the Rockies. In this active mountain town, you won’t run out of things to do or great meals to eat: From The Broadmoor’s impeccable offerings to the table-clothed service at the Pepper Tree, renowned staples continue to delight patrons with special-occasion grandeur and attention to detail. And the new kids in town, helmed by the likes of Food Network celebs and visionary chefs with international pedigrees, are adding a fusion-heavy pizazz that speaks to a younger, hipper, globally-minded clientele. Combine those with a family-owned comfort-food institution, a sustainable farm-to-fork mecca, a craft cocktail paradise, an eclectic dinner-and-a-movie venue and a vegan-so-good-a-carnivore-would-eat-it establishment, and you’ve got an up-and-coming foodie haven that reflects the innovation—as well as the storied history—of the West.

The 10 best hotels in Colorado Springs

Outdoor access, striking mountain views, and historic character dominate the hotel scene in Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak region in particular, anchored by Colorado Springs, is renowned for its majestic mountain views, western mining lore, and endless recreation opportunities. So it’s no surprise that the city and its neighboring hamlets offer a plethora of lodging options for the streams of outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs that flock to this picturesque gateway city on Colorado’s Front Range. And sure, you could stay in any hotel and find yourself a trail to hike or a historic building to ogle. But why not book a place where you’re immersed in the very essence of the rugged former mining region and its resident grande dame, Pikes Peak? Our pick of the best accommodation in the area range shares is an ever-present reverence for the stunning Rocky Mountain landscape and rich heritage of the region. So book a hotel suite, lodge room, or cottage. Walk out your door. And breathe the fresh mountain air you came to enjoy. By Julie Dugdale

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