At the base of Pikes Peak sits Colorado Springs, the second-biggest city in Colorado, and a rare place where urban life fits in seamlessly into a seemingly unaltered landscape. This accessible and centrally located city enjoys comfortable year-long weather, sunny skies, and the perfect terrain for outdoor activities and events, and with over 14,000 rooms to choose from in familiar chains, mountain retreats, and upscale boutique hotels, there is plenty of room for everyone!
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s only mountain zoo, is a popular attraction. Not only does the zoo come with breathtaking views, it’s also possible to host events at their Lodge at Moose Lake. Another unique meeting space is the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which offers over 15,000 square feet of space in an elegant and modern Art Deco building. During downtime, the city has over 20,000 acres of parks and 35 miles of scenic trails to enjoy. Those looking for an adventure can choose from horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Pikes Peak and the surrounding Rocky Mountains not only protect the city from harsh weather, but provide spectacular views no matter where you are. The Garden of Gods Park, one of the most popular attractions, serves as a great backdrop to a guided nature walk.
Not only is Colorado Springs full of natural beauty, its charm can be found in any of its many historic neighborhoods. Old Colorado City gives visitors a taste of “the old days” and is great for a sweet stroll among its shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Fans of architecture will love the beautiful, grand Victorian homes in the Old North End neighborhood. Guests can also visit the award-winning Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum or the May Natural History Museum, which features what is widely considered the world’s most beautiful collection of unique tropical insects.
Among some of the biggest resorts and hotels is the Broadmoor Resort, minutes from downtown. With over 3,000 acres, this luxury resort holds 185,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, championship golf courses, a world-class spa, and 18 restaurants! The Cheyenne Mountain Resort is another popular meeting venue. With more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space, conference rooms and ballrooms, and an amphitheater, finding the space you need is a breeze! The Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center has 50,000 square feet of meeting space and 500 guest rooms and the Antlers Hilton, the first hotel in the city built as a flagship to start the town’s tourism, is another favorite with plenty of function space. In the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs sits the Mining Exchange Hotel, a full-service luxury boutique hotel with 117 rooms, and 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Once the sun has gone down, many great restaurants offer delicious cuisine. You can even try fine wines crafted at one of the 52 Colorado wineries at the Wines of Colorado restaurant and winery. There is also a wide range of lounges, pubs, microbreweries, theaters, and dance clubs to choose from. There is never a dull moment in Colorado Springs!