Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Fully renovated in 2007, this expansive museum and 400-seat theater originally opened in 1936. The museum’s collection is surprisingly sophisticated, with some terrific Latin American art and photography, and great …
Top Choice French in Colorado Springs

Marigold

Way out by the Garden of the Gods is this buzzy French bistro and bakery that's easy on both the palate and the wallet. Feast on delicacies such as snapper Marseillaise, garlic and rosemary rotisserie chicken, and g…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Colorado Springs

Swirl

Behind a stylish bottle shop in Manitou Springs, this nook bar is intimate and cool. The garden patio has dangling lights and vines while inside are antique armchairs and a fireplace. If you're feeling peckish, samp…
Park in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods

This gorgeous vein of red sandstone (about 290 million years old) appears elsewhere along Colorado's Front Range, but the exquisitely thin cathedral spires and mountain backdrop of the Garden of the Gods are particu…
Monument in Colorado Springs

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Set behind the zoo and those massive crenelated stone gates, on a cliff about two-thirds of the way up Cheyenne, is this tower named for Spencer Penrose's good friend Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash coinciden…
Modern American in Colorado Springs

Blue Star

One of Colorado Springs’ most popular gourmet eateries, the Blue Star is in the gentrifying Ivywild neighborhood just south of downtown. The menu at this landmark spot changes regularly, but always involves fresh fi…
Zoo in Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

High up on Cheyenne Mountain, the largest private zoo in the country was launched with holdovers from Penrose’s private animal collection. These days it takes conservation more seriously and is proud of its giraffe …
Historic Site in Colorado Springs

US Air Force Academy

One of the highest-profile military academies in the country, a visit to this campus offers a limited but nonetheless fascinating look into the lives of an elite group of cadets. The visitor center provides general …
Brewery in Colorado Springs

Bristol Brewing Co

Although a bit out of the way in south Colorado Springs, this brewery – which in 2013 spearheaded a community market center in the shuttered Ivywild Elementary School – is worth seeking out for its Laughing Lab ale …
Modern American in Colorado Springs

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

In Manitou Springs, this slow-food cafe makes a lovely stop. Breakfast includes orange-almond French toast and huevos rancheros (eggs and beans on a tortilla). Lunch and dinner are more eclectic with offerings such …