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Colorado Springs - Things to See and Do

Colorado Springs sits at the foot of one of America's most famous landmarks, Pikes Peak, in south central Colorado. As a major metropolis in North West America, the city is the proud home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The area’s biggest key draw card is its natural environment. Sites such as the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, Palmer Park, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, Monument Valley Park and Seven Falls entice thousands of outdoor adventure seekers and family vacationers to the region every year.


Colorado Springs Information

Population: Approx. 416,500
Time Zone: GMT -7
Languages: English (official), Spanish, Native American
Currency: American Dollar (USD)
Currency Exchange: Purchase your USD cash and travellers cheques before you leave Australia.

Colorado Springs Climate

Colorado Springs has a semi-arid climate, receiving around 41cm of annual rain and snow combined.

Summers are typically warm, with frequent thunderstorms activity – the region is one the United States’ most lightning prone areas. Summer temperatures sit between 21°C and 32 °C.

Winters are usually mild, with sporadic periods of sub-zero snaps; however the Southern Rocky Mountains protect the city from extreme weather. Winter temperatures sit between 9°C and -10°C

Colorado Springs Airport

Name: Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
Car Rental: Great choice of hire cars at Mates’ Rates from our car suppliers
Transfers: A number of shuttle and van services are available. Please check the airport’s website for a list of providers.
Taxi: Are available and waiting outside baggage claim on level 1.


It wasn’t too long ago that Colorado Springs’ dining scene was comprised of a string of typical food chains and a few local dinners. Today the city shines with a variety of eateries including: wine bars, tapas restaurants, mountain lodges, bakery-cafés and drinking haunts.

As a world-renowned sud hub, Colorado is a great place to pull up a stool at a pub or sports bar. Drop by Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Champ’s Sports Bar or McCabe's Tavern for traditional pub fare and beer on tap. Discover why Colorado’s is a famous craft beer centre, check out the Colorado Mountain Brewery or the Phantom Canyon Brewing Company – both ‘brewpubs’ complement local pints with tasty menu options.

For a more family-friendly dining experience Giuseppe’s Depot is a kids’ favourite. The pizza, pasta and salad joint offers a huge menu, guaranteed to appeal to most diners. Located 10 minutes out of town in the foothills of Pikes Peak, The Loop is also a fun dining option, with Mexican food galore and a great atmosphere.

Honoured on Forbes’ Travel Guide list of 2012 Five-Star winners, historic resort, The Broadmoor presents the city’s most exclusive dining options. Featuring 11 restaurants, covering everything from Five Diamond dining at the Penrose Room, to traditional American fare and wine at Charles Court, to the best steaks and seafood in town at the Tavern, to European-style light menu options at Café Julie, The Broadmoor caters for varying palates and budgets.


As Colorado’s second biggest city, behind the state capital Denver, Colorado Springs has a multitude of shopping destinations and marketplaces.

For a great range of unique goods on a budget head along to The American Classic Marketplace. As Colorado Springs’ largest thrift store the marketplace houses a huge array of diverse items – including one-of-a-kind glassware, handmade crafts, records, artwork, furniture, jewellery and vintage apparel –on sale from over 400 independent dealers. Another great thrift experience is The Colorado Springs Flea Market. Held every weekend, over 500 vendors showcase their wares, in what the market describes as “garage sale heaven”.

From the old to the new, but still at prices that won’t break the budget, dedicate a half day to The Outlets at Castle Rock. As the name suggests this is Colorado Spring’s factory outlet Mecca. Here hundreds of discount options are on offer from great variety of brand-name merchandisers – including adidas, Banana Republic, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger and Saks Fifth Avenue.

To experience the best in Colorado Springs’ upscale shopping, The Promenade Shops at Briargate is the place to visit. The open-air center features national specialty retailers and independently owned stores, housed amid interesting architecture with sensational views of Colorado.

For an all inclusive shopping experience, visit The Citadel in the city’s east. As one of the largest shopping centres in Colorado, The Citadel features over 150 specialty stores – including Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle Outfitters and Hallmark – an impressive food court, and anchor stores Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard’s and JCPenney.