Sunset over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs by photographer Brenda Landrum.

Weekend in Colorado Springs

Our family sort of loves going down to Colorado Springs when we get the opportunity to get away.  There are so many fun things to do there and the scenery is just breathtaking.  Last weekend before the 4th my husband was able to get an extra day off so we took off for the Springs and found a couple of things we have never done.

This trip we stayed at the new Great Wolf Lodge.  The hotel is really nice and the theme is fun.  There are a lot of different things to do at the hotel in addition to the waterpark like mini-golf, rope course, arcade & bowling.  I think this is a great place to take your kids when they are little.  Our 12 year old just wasn’t into it.  She wanted to do the 1 big waterslide but other then that most of what they offer is geared toward little kids and I saw a lot of them having a blast.  We were glad we stayed though to see what it was like.

Colorado Springs The National Museum of World War II Aviation

This trip we went to The National Museum of World War II Aviation near the airport.  My husband loves WWII history and aircraft and they had some pretty neat planes and artifacts.  Lots of great history and the volunteer staff are doing an amazing job at their restoration efforts.  It was a fun little stop after we arrived on Saturday.

Next up was going up Pikes Peak Sunday morning.  I have no idea why I agreed to doing this, it might of even been my idea I don’t know but as someone who does not do well with heights I struggled with this drive.  It all started out fine with just a tad bit of a line to get to the entrance gate.  We arrived in Cascade around 9:30am on a Sunday and it took us an hour to just get to the gate which was only around 1 mile away.  So if you ever decide to do this drive be prepared with lots of snacks and drinks!

The drive is pretty amazing for those who are not bothered by heights.  The view is spectacular!  I’m the one afraid of heights plus I get car sick easily so I drove and I will tell you that my hands were firmly gripped on that wheel and I never took my eyes off the road right in front of me.  I was almost in tears at the top because I knew I still had to drive that same scary road all the way down.  I’m so glad our Explorer has a Hill Descent mode because those inclines/declines are scary steep.  I have stated many times that I never want to do that again!

Crave Real Burgers Colorado Springs

I love a good place to eat so I have to share this place.  If you go to Colorado Springs you must eat at Crave Real Burgers!  The burgers are huge and so good!  Our daughter especially loved the Brownie Shake.

Castlewood Canyon State Park near Franktown Colorado.

We took a different route then I-25 this time and took Hwy 83 which goes from Parker through Franktown and down to Colorado Springs.  I highly suggest this route if you hate how congested interstate is in and south of Denver.  Hwy 83 was a dream to drive and it didn’t add any time to our trip which was awesome.  Taking I-25 all the way to Co Springs is 2 hours.  Taking I-25 to E-470 to Parker and then Hwy 83 to Co Springs is 2 hours.  It’s a way more relaxing drive!

On our way we found this awesome canyon near Franktown that we stopped at and explored.  It’s called Castlewood Canyon and has some amazing hiking trails, waterfall, the Castlewood Canyon Dam which has some neat history plus a rare cement homestead remains.  We would love to go back to this area when it’s a little cooler (it was HOT on Monday) and have more time to explore.

So that was our weekend, hope it inspires you to take a trip to Colorado Springs!  There are so many more things to do there like our favorite Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (a must see) and Garden of the Gods plus the Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs and if you get a chance check out The Broadmoor Hotel too.