9 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs Itinerary

Created using Inspirock El Paso County trip planner

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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Manitou Springs
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rocky Mountain Food Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Get a sense of the local culture at Penrose Heritage Museum and ANA Money Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Cripple Creek (Old Homestead House Museum & Cripple Creek District Museum), The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (in Cañon City) and Divide (Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center & Mueller State Park). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, get engrossed in the history at Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, and stop by Focus on the Family Bookstore.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colorado Springs. In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Manitou Springs

— 3 nights
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, take an in-depth tour of Manitou Springs Heritage Center, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Ruxton's Trading Post, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Horsethief Falls, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Paradox Beer Company.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manitou Springs travel route planner.

Manitou Springs is very close to Colorado Springs. In December, daytime highs in Manitou Springs are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Shopping · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3: