Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, Colorado Springs has been a prime tourist site since the railways arrived in 1871. You can explore a variety of events, festivals, conventions, and more happening year-round in this Colorado city, as well as enjoy unique sights and sounds in the city and out in nature. Whether you're interested in hiking trails or strolling through museums, Colorado Springs has something for you.
If you happen to be traveling to Colorado Springs over Labor Day you're in luck: you can catch the Colorado Springs Labor Day Liftoff, an annual hot air balloon festival at Memorial Park. You can see more traditional hot air balloons as well as novelty shapes and bright patterns and colors soaring above the park in a vast display of these fascinating lighter-than-air aircraft.
The annual Colorado Springs Festival of Lights will delight any visitor in December. This festival includes a parade through downtown Colorado Springs and really shows off the city's best features and creative spirit. You can check the Colorado Springs Visitor Information Center to see if other events like the Greek Festival or the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon coincide with your visit. And be sure to check on the timing of the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Festival, which take place in nearby Manitou Springs, and are exactly what they sound like!
If you love the great outdoors you can't miss the Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark featuring incredible sandstone rock formations. Free to the public, this park offers bicycling, trail hiking, rock climbing, and even horseback riding. Explore on your own or join a tour. Even if you aren't a great walker you'll enjoy getting some fresh air in this or any of the many other Colorado Springs parks you can visit.