Wondering what to do with your last weeks of summer? Go on a summer day trip to somewhere in your state you have never been! For me that was Colorado Springs a town of 400,000 people below the mountains in southern Colorado. The “Springs” is home to the Olympic training center, Colorado College, a quaint downtown, and most importantly absolutely stunning views.
Hungry from my drive down I stopped at a small authentic restaurant La Caretta to eat my favorite meal – cheese enchiladas. If you are like me and like your food spicy and your margaritas strong, this is the place you should stop for lunch!
Refueled I was ready for my next activity, hiking at Garden of the Gods a free park located on the outskirts of town with breath taking views you don’t want to miss. Don’t be intimidated by the word “hiking”, this place has something to do for people of all activities from a leisurely walk around the rock formations to rock climbing for the serious adventurer. There is a paved sidewalk that makes walking around the “garden” a breeze, or if you are feeling more adventurous there are many trails and paths allowing you to make your own way around the park – either way you are guaranteed a great time, just make sure you have a camera and plenty of water!
All that physical activity meant I was in dire need of a cold treat, so I proceeded into the downtown where I found Pikes Peak Ice Cream that serves the best ice cream in Colorado Springs and makes their own chocolate treats, to make the perfect end to my day.
Not the outdoorsy type? Downtown is also home to Splash! an art studio that serves you wine while you paint, if that isn’t amazing I don’t know what is! After an afternoon of painting their are a few places with great happy hours to end your day with a nice cold one. Either route you choose, outdoors or inside, its bound to be a wonderful day in Colorado Springs!
From College Tourist Jocelyn.