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Dream Retreat

Colorado Springs is a less-crowded gem for tourists to soak in Colorado’s famed foliage, beginning in September each year.

Colorado Springs has often lived in the shadow of Denver, despite being at a higher elevation and nestled in the Rocky Mountains. However, this lesser-known city is a hidden gem for tourists seeking to experience Colorado's renowned autumn foliage, particularly starting in September. With its blend of natural beauty, refined accommodations, delectable dining, and rich history, Colorado Springs is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and an ideal destination to enjoy nature and the spirit of the West.

Day One: Settle in and start exploring 

On the first day, visitors can check into The Broadmoor Resort, an iconic establishment that has been providing luxurious experiences to guests, including their furry companions, for over a century. The property is an excellent base for embarking on adventures and is an attraction in itself. With its impressive offering of restaurants, cafes, and lounges, two legendary golf courses, a world-renowned spa, 20 unique retail outlets, and a wide range of programs catering to guests of all ages and interests, The Broadmoor promises an unforgettable stay.

In the afternoon, exploring Seven Falls is highly recommended. This historic attraction, boasting breathtaking scenery, is considered one of Colorado's oldest tourist sites. While the cascading waterfalls are a sight to behold, visitors can enhance their experience with hiking or ziplining adventures above the canyon with Soaring Adventures. Afterward, replenish and refuel at Restaurant 1858, where guests can savor some of the finest local and Colorado-inspired cuisine, such as rainbow trout, bison burgers, and wild boar green chili.

Day Two: Delve into iconic landmarks 

Day two begins with an early start to reach the summit of Pikes Peak, a majestic peak that inspired the iconic poem and song "America the Beautiful." Fortunately, visitors won't have to tackle the summit on foot. Instead, they can opt for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, providing a comfortable and scenic journey to admire the splendor of fall colors while potentially spotting wildlife along the way. At the summit, take advantage of the unique pleasure of indulging in delicious donuts at the Summit Visitor Center, the only donuts in the world made above 14,000 feet. For adventurous souls, combining the Cog Railway experience with a thrilling bike ride or a hike down the mountain is an option worth considering.

In the afternoon, explore the charms of Colorado Springs, beginning with a visit to AdAmAn Alley. This picturesque location in the city's heart offers Instagram-worthy views of Pikes Peak to the West. Check out the abundance of public art and historical landmarks in this recent addition to the city. Continue exploring by venturing into the outdoor art gallery known as Art on the Streets, which transforms the city into a vibrant canvas. In September, visitors can join an art party celebrating the gallery's 25th anniversary. Those who find themselves in town on the first Friday of the month, should make plans to attend First Friday, an event brimming with art showcases and special activities all evening.


Day Three: Outdoor adventure awaits 

Day three beckons for more outdoor adventures. The Broadmoor offers various unique activities that allows visitors to connect with nature, including rock climbing, falconry, fly fishing lessons and excursions, mountain biking, hiking, and even a Wild West Experience featuring archery, ax throwing, and more. For the final night, consider venturing to one of The Broadmoor's three Wilderness Properties, which provide all-inclusive getaways from May to October.

For a quick trip, Cloud Camp is a convenient choice. Situated 3,000 feet above the resort, it offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the mountains and the city of Colorado Springs below. The lodge at Cloud Camp showcases Western-themed decor and art pieces, such as the costume worn by actor Kevin Costner in the film "Dances with Wolves." However, the most exclusive lodging option is the Fire Tower Suite, an intimate two-story, one-bedroom unit built on the foundation of a former fire tower used by the United States Forest Service. This exceptional suite boasts unparalleled, unobstructed views and even includes a private hot tub, ensuring an unforgettable stay.

  • The Broadmoor's East Course is known for its wide, tree-lined fairways and expansive greens. Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor
  • Lakeside Suites at The Broadmoor. Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor
  • Colorado Springs offers scenic views and time spent enjoying nature.
  • Located in a beautiful box canyon, the Broadmoor Seven Falls in Colorado Springs is a series of seven cascading waterfalls.
  • Visit the towering red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods Park.
  • From the gorges and canyons of the South to the purple mountain majesty of the West, the Pikes Peak Region is completely surrounded by indescribable beauty.