51 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

51 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

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51 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 31 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Manitou Springs
— 19 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

31
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Visiting Helen Hunt Falls and Palmer Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Glen Eyrie Castle and Climbing Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Canon City (Garden Park Fossil Area, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, & more) and Monument (Monument Rock Trail & Kings Deer Golf Club). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planner.

San Francisco to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get slightly colder in Colorado Springs: highs are around 67°F and lows about 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon City, Monument, Fountain Creek Nature Center
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North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park

19
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Homestead House Museum and Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manitou Springs: Cripple Creek (Cripple Creek District Museum, Wildwood Casino, & more), Florissant (Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum & Florissant Fossil Quarry) and Victor (Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, Vindicator Valley Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, head outdoors with Adventures Out West, and immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manitou Springs day trip tool .

Manitou Springs is just a short distance from Colorado Springs. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cripple Creek, Victor, Divide, Woodland Park, Florissant
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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