We are looking for some help in planning some time in Colorado Springs. We are coming down from Estes Park and are trying to figure out how much time to spend in the area. Here's what we are interesting in seeing:
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak via the Cog
Cheyenne Mt. Zoo
Cave of the Winds
Glen Eyrie and Miramount Castles
World Figure Skating Museum
Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum (?)
Western Museum of Mining & Industry (?)
We are also interested in the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour and Royal Gorge. Can these be combined into a daytrip, or should we just focus on Royal Gorge? We are very interested in the mine, however. From what I see on the gorge, it looks like the time spent can really vary, particularly if people are mainly interested in the bridge.
Originally, I was thinking of arriving from Estes on a Friday and flying out of Denver on a Tuesday, with an early evening (5 p.m) flight. However, I'm feeling I haven't given us enough time in Co. Springs.
I'd appreciate any insight to help me sort this out. I visited the area when I was 16, but that was a very long time ago.. Also, if anyone feels any of these attractions are not worthwhile, I'd be grateful for any opinions the experts or frequent travelers have.
Thank you in advance for your help.