South Central Colorado

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  • 1. Pikes Peak

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If you want to see the view from the top of Pikes Peak, which Katharine Bates described in "America the Beautiful," head up this 14,115-foot...Read More

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  • 2. Royal Gorge

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Cañon City is the gateway to the Royal Gorge, whose canyon walls tower up to 1,200 feet high and were carved by the Arkansas River more than...Read More

  • 3. ANA Money Museum

    Financial Institution

    The American Numismatic Association's fascinating Money Museum has a collection of old gold coins, mistakes made at the U.S. Mint, and currency...Read More

  • 4. Buell Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Ranked among the best in the country, the Buell Children's Museum provides fun, interactive experiences for kids of all ages. The 12,000-square...Read More

  • 5. Cave of the Winds

    Geological Site

    Discovered by two boys in 1880, the cave has been exploited as a tourist sensation ever since. The only way to enter the site is by purchasing...Read More

  • 6. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    America's highest zoo, at 6,700 feet, has more than 950 animals housed amid mossy boulders and ponderosa pines. You can hand-feed the giraffe...Read More

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  • 7. City Park

    Park/Playground

    The fine City Park has fishing lakes, playgrounds, a carousel, a mini train ride, and tennis courts and a swimming pool. ...Read More

  • 8. Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A favorite with kids, the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad weaves over reconstructed trestles and past abandoned mines to the...Read More

  • 9. El Pueblo History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A nicely designed repository for the city's history, El Pueblo History Museum extends its scope to chronicle life on the plains since the prehistoric...Read More

  • 10. Ghost Town

    Museum/Gallery

    You can play a real player piano and a nickelodeon at this Western town with a sheriff's office, general store, saloon, and smithy. There's...Read More

  • 11. Interpretive Programs

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Family-friendly nature walks designed to help visitors learn more about the Great Sand Dunes National Park are scheduled most days from late...Read More

  • 12. North Cheyenne Cañon Park

    Trail/Path

    This is Colorado Springs at its best. The 1,600 acres of this city park, which is open year-round, manifest nature and natural history without...Read More

  • 13. Old Firehouse No. 1 Children's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Set in the delightful Old Firehouse Number 1, the museum displays fire-fighting memorabilia, such as a 1947 American LaFrance fire truck (children...Read More

  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway

    14. Pikes Peak Cog Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The world's highest cog train departs from Manitou Springs and follows a frolicking stream up a steep canyon, through stands of quaking aspen...Read More

    Pikes Peak Cog Railway
  • 15. Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

    Museum/Gallery

    Even a tenderfoot would get a kick out of this museum, which includes changing displays of Western art; permanent photo exhibits that capture...Read More

  • 16. Pueblo Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    In City Park, this biopark is home to black-footed penguins, ringtail lemurs, and pythons—housed separately of course. Favorites here include...Read More

  • 17. Royal Gorge Route Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad takes you under the bridge and through one of the most dramatic parts of the canyon. From the Santa...Read More

  • 18. U.S. Olympic Training Center

    Sports Venue

    America's hopefuls come to train and be tested at this flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic Training Center programs...Read More

  • 19. Victor Lowell Thomas Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This two-story house museum makes the already worthwhile trip to Victor even better. Kids can learn how to pan for gold while adults get a glimpse...Read More

  • 20. Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

    Museum/Gallery

    This five-story tower was dedicated in 1937, after the tragic plane crash that claimed Rogers's life. Its interior is painted with all manner...Read More

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