Pikes Peak Marathon & Half Marathon
Manitou Springs, CO USA
Sunday August 17, 2014

Colorado Springs Attractions

Tourists can learn more about the underground world at the Cave of the Winds. In the 1880s, a couple of young boys discovered this fascinating natural wonder. Since then, the cave and surrounding area have become a popular attraction in Colorado Springs. Adventurous visitors can take a guided tour through the caves and learn about the many intriguing formations, such as stalagmites and stalactites. Outside of the cave, thrill-seeking tourists can find more delights, including a challenge course and seated zipline ride. The family-friendly challenge course involves a series of mazes, ladders and difficult obstacles.

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is dedicated to educating all guests about the city's vast history. Many artifacts on display at the museum cover the city's early history as a resort town. Murals and other art depict Colorado Spring's beginnings and economic growth through the ages. Notable items in the museum include the house of Helen Hunt Jackson, a celebrated author. Jackson moved to Colorado Springs just after the city's founding. The display includes many of her personal items and her home's original furnishings.

Pikes Peak, standing at over 14,000 feet, is a prominent mountain near Colorado Springs with plenty to do and see. Visitors may ascend the mountain in several different ways. Those looking for a fun family ride can take the cog railroad to the top. Lucky riders sometimes catch sight of a bighorn sheep along this route. Tourists may also take their car up a long and winding road to the summit. Finally, physically fit individuals can opt for a hike, run or jog to the top. Once at the summit, visitors may enter several visitor centers that offer plenty of information about the peak and nearby area.

The Ghost Town Wild Museum invites guests to take a step back in time to a different era. This attraction offers a great way for children to learn about Colorado's history while having a grand adventure. Many of the ghost town's buildings are authentic buildings from the 1800s and were moved in from other sections of the state. Tourists can wander through a jail, saloon, livery stable and a hotel. Throughout the park, there are plenty of old arcade games and other western-themed activities. Visitors are even welcome to try their luck at panning for genuine gold.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a popular attraction for all ages. The zoo is home to over 800 animals from many regions of the world. Many of the exhibits are faithful replicas of the animal's original natural homes. Some of the zoo's animals represent the local wildlife of Colorado, including mountain lions, bald eagles and grizzly bears. The zoo has plenty of exotic animals to offer too, including lions and elephants. The youngest zoo guests can take a spin on the zoo's antique carousel. After a day at the zoo, visitors can take a short journey up a nearby hill to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. This magnificent tower, a tribute to Will Rogers, gives guests a stunning view of the surrounding area.