Unfortunately, we will have just 1 day in Colorado Springs, and no nights (on an August weekday). We will be driving in for the day from Denver. I will not be doing the Cog Railway this trip...I have a fear of heights so will wait to do it with my whole family (maybe) on a later trip! This is a short mother/son (tween) adventure.
The things my son would like to see that day:
--Air Force Academy (open 8-6, visitors' center open 9-5)
--Olympic Training Center (tours on the hr, 9-4 [last tour at 4], store 9-5)
--Garden of the Gods (visitor center 8-8, park 5-11)
--Manitou Springs (just a stop to experience a spring or two--suggestions re which ones appreciated)
I know there are so many other wonderful things to see and do in the area, we just can do what we can with our time this trip.
I am thinking maybe the Broadmoor for a meal, if it works out, time-wise.
After going over the route, I am thinking maybe having something to eat before leaving Denver, the first stop Air Force Academy, then maybe lunch and springs in Manitou Springs, then Olympic Training Center, then Garden of the Gods/Broadmoor.
Thoughts and suggestions appreciated...including re traffic I might encounter during rush hour from Denver. THANKS!