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Top Choice Mountain in Manitou Springs

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak (14,110ft) may not be the tallest of Colorado's 54 14ers, but it's certainly the most famous. The Ute originally called it the Mountain of the Sun, an apt description for this majestic peak, which crowns …
Top Choice 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…
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 Bridge in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

In 1929 this 1260ft-long suspension bridge was built across the 950ft-deep Royal Gorge, which stretches for 10 miles west of Cañon City. The bridge and surrounding area became a popular tourist attraction until a wi…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Museum in Cañon City

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

More than three years in gestation, this dinosaur of an experience hatched in 2016 and comes highly recommended for fans of the Jurassic period and anyone interested in the evolution of life on the planet. Featuring…
Top Choice Cave in Manitou Springs

Cave of the Winds

Set on the rim of a craggy canyon is this developed cavern concessionaire. You’ll forgive the cheesy entry and elevator music because here are the stalactites and stalagmites of your dreams. Most opt for the 45-minu…
Top Choice Modern American in Manitou Springs

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

This slow-food cafe makes for a lovely stop. Breakfast includes orange-almond French toast and huevos rancheros. Lunch and dinner are more eclectic, with offerings such as Moroccan chicken, pasta gremolata and grill…
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 Pizza in Colorado Springs

Pizzeria Rustica

Wood-fired pizzas, locally sourced ingredients and a historic Old Colorado City locale make this bustling pizza joint the place to make a beeline for when you have a craving for pie. Its popularity means that it's a…