9 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs
1
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Manitou Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
End: Colorado Springs

5
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.
Rocky Mountain Food Tours has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Palmer Park and Mueller State Park. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Cripple Creek (Old Homestead House Museum & Cripple Creek District Museum), Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (in Canon City). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, step into the grandiose world of Miramont Castle Museum, and enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder .

In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Cripple Creek, Divide, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, Miramont Castle Museum, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
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Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park

3
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
You've now added Garden of the Gods Trading Post to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then get engrossed in the history at Manitou Springs Heritage Center, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Ruxton's Trading Post, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Miramont Castle Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, then admire the sheer force of Horsethief Falls, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Paradox Beer Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manitou Springs day trip website .

Manitou Springs is just a short distance from Colorado Springs. In December, daytime highs in Manitou Springs are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Shopping Trails Parks

Side Trips

Divide, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Ruxton's Trading Post ©
Ruxton's Trading Post
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Miramont Castle Museum ©
Miramont Castle Museum

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