8 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Manitou Springs
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 300 Days of Shine, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Indianapolis in December, with lows around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Manitou Springs

— 3 nights
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Get in touch with nature at Manitou Springs Incline and Horsethief Falls. Go for a jaunt from Manitou Springs to Divide to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manitou Springs day trip planner.

Manitou Springs is just a stone's throw from Colorado Springs. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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