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Old 08-28-04, 11:52 AM
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What's to in Colorado Springs, CO?

I just found out that I'll be going to Colorado Springs, CO on Monday for business for a week or two. I'll probably have some down time. What's to do there? Any good brew pubs or vegetarian restaurants? A good place to browse for used DVDs? I'm not looking for night life stuff just some local flavor.

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Three Thieves Steakhouse, i think.

Also, there may be a 3 story pizza place.
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Garden of the Gods. Cook rock formations. You can take a horseback ride through it.

Also, you won't be far from Pike's Peak.
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Pike's Peak, United States Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods.
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The steak house, I think I pass (being a vegetarian doesn't leave much menu choice) but mmmmmmm pizza. Pike's Peak sounds like fun. Is the drive up to the top like Cadillac Mtn in Acadia or more rugged like in a Jeep commercial? I suppose I should google it but being lazy I'll ask anyway what is Garden of the Gods?
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There's a good brew pub downtown, I think it's called Phantom Canyon?
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Nice town. There is some great white-water rafting about an hour away.
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Originally posted by garolo
The steak house, I think I pass (being a vegetarian doesn't leave much menu choice) but mmmmmmm pizza. Pike's Peak sounds like fun. Is the drive up to the top like Cadillac Mtn in Acadia or more rugged like in a Jeep commercial? I suppose I should google it but being lazy I'll ask anyway what is Garden of the Gods?
Pike's Peak: Road is about half paved (lower half), half decent gravel road. You don't need 4WD vehicle. It is always cold at the top due to altitude (near freezing) and the altitude may or may not get to you. Allow at least half a day, you will want to stop at a lot of turnouts and look around. Gift store restaurant at top, 14000+ feet, air is very thin.

Garden of Gods: Neat rock formations, desert/mountain type plants. You can drive through, many turnouts to park, walk around a little, some long hiking trails as well.

My daughter used to live out there. We did Pike's Pike, Garden of the Gods and a third thing in one day, slightly rushed. Third thing, I forget name, was some waterfalls and hiking trail, I was underwhelmed, which is why I forgot name. Other two are well worth seeing once, maybe not a lot of return visits. Both very scenic, but in different ways (camera is a must)
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Originally posted by LurkerDan
There's a good brew pub downtown, I think it's called Phantom Canyon?
That's the name of it. Lots of pool table upstairs if you're looking for a place to hang out. It's on the corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade downtown.

Another cool place to check out is the Golden Bee piano bar at the Boradmoor Hotel. It's an authentic English Pub that was transported over here a couple hundred years ago. It was in New York for a while, but then it got moved to the Broadmoor (which is a five star hotel, very nice). Anyways they serve the yards of beer in the long skinny glasses and play some good tunes on the piano. It's a fun atmosphere.



You'll also be in town during the Colorado Balloon Classic. 100+ hot air balloons will be launched, check the link for the schedule.

As for the third thing that Old Dude did, I'm guessing it was either Seven Falls or the hiking trail behind Glen Eyrie castle. I haven't done Seven Falls in a few years, but I remember it being somewhat interesting. The Geln Eyrie waterfall hiking trail is pretty cool. You get to drive by the Glen Eyrie castle that the founder of Colorado Springs lived in. The trail itself is fairly secluded and you get to see some red rocks (since it is practically in the garden of the gods). The hike is up a small stream bed to a waterfall (though you shouldn't get your feet wet if you're careful). Once at the waterfall you can continue up the mountain to see some natural water pools (with a small natural water slide). The hike is pretty easy up to the waterfall, but a bit more trying after that. You have to register at the booth as you go in to hike the trail. It's a nice 3 hour hike.

Other places you may want to consider visiting aside from Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak(I'd put these two at the top of your list):
- Manitou Springs, a quaint old fashion town at the base of pike's peak
- Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world, located in Canon City, which is about an hour away
- Cripple Creek, go gamble at some of the hole in the wall joints up there. They have limit texas hold 'em tables rolling all day at the Double Eagle. They also have blackjack, video poker and slots. 45 min-1 hour away.
- Denver, only an hour away with plenty to do.

If you have any other questions I can try to answer them.
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Originally posted by Dr_Evil
As for the third thing that Old Dude did, I'm guessing it was either Seven Falls or the hiking trail behind Glen Eyrie castle. I haven't done Seven Falls in a few years, but I remember it being somewhat interesting.
Bingo, Seven Falls. I don't want to badmouth it because YMMV. But if you've seen Niagra, all small-scale waterfalls seem a trifle lame unless very picturesque setting. It wasn't bad but it was a very distant third third to me. Haven't done Glen Eyrie.

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Thanks for all of the suggestions.

Old Dude thanks for reminding me about the temperature difference. I think I'm going to look silly wearing my leather jacket on the way to the airport (hazy, hot and humid here).

I think I'll hanging out at the Golden Bee especially if they have Whitbread. Phantom Canyon sounds like a neat place too.

Thanks guys, keep the suggestions coming.
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It turns out that I'm staying right across the street from the Phantom Canyon and I have a mountain view room. Cute little town this is. I've passed half a dozen pawn shops. I hope to get some time to browse and find some gems. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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Seven Falls at night is much more appealing due to special lighting...just FYI. Cheyenne Mtn. zoo also if you're into that stuff. And Cave of the Winds if you like stalagtites underground caves. Oh, and its a bit more of a drive, but Royal Gorge bridge might be a nice half day trip (Canon City).
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Plus, there are Indian casinos just a fairly short drive away (including two with a poker room). Forget the name of the town...Cheat River or something like that.

I was there for a week just about a month and a half ago for a tournament at Ft. Carson, but it pissed rain every night so I never got to go up to Pikes Peak.

By the way guys, there is no apostrophe in the name "Pikes Peak." It was removed by Colorado state law in 1970-something. I remember that because it is a Trivial Pursuit question.
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Originally posted by JustinS
Plus, there are Indian casinos just a fairly short drive away (including two with a poker room). Forget the name of the town...Cheat River or something like that.

I was there for a week just about a month and a half ago for a tournament at Ft. Carson, but it pissed rain every night so I never got to go up to Pikes Peak.

By the way guys, there is no apostrophe in the name "Pikes Peak." It was removed by Colorado state law in 1970-something. I remember that because it is a Trivial Pursuit question.
Not enough time for gambling. Besides how do I report that item on my expense report.

And you are correct about Pikes Peak. In every bit of literature that the hotel has to offer and on every street sign there is no apostrophe in the word Pikes.

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