Take a 2 1/2 drive and stay in...
Take a 2 1/2 drive and stay in Estes Park. It is right next to an Entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The drive in the car is well worth the time!
See the travelogue for some BEAUTIFUL pictures! (not that I'm bragging, they just came out better than I expected)
Don't give out money.
Colorado Springs seems to have quite a large population of homeless. You don't have to give them money, and if you say you don't have any change, they usually bless you and you go on your way. I've talked to some of them, and while many may not be sane, they are mostly decent people. People is the key word. But those who ask for money ususally, like anywhere else, want it for booze.
Old Colorado City, Colorado
Old Colorado City is one of the oldest cities in Colorado, and is the oldest city in the Pikes Peak Region. The city was established in 1859 and became the capitol of the Colorado Territory in 1861. Annexed in 1917 to Colorado Springs and in 1977 became the Springs' only historic distric. Brought into being by the gold rush, oil boom, destructive fires, wars with the Native Americans, high society balls, parlor houses, and saloons are but a few remaining mementos of Old Colorado. To the south side of Colorado Avenue one would find saloons, brothels, and on the North, more respectable businesses. Connecting the two sides were roughly 12 miles of underground tunnels that allowed the upstanding gentlement to frequent the seedier side without being seen. Besides its history, the historic district boasts its brick sidewalks, 100 year old buildings, that hold an assortment of sidewalk cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and shops. Conveniently located next to Manitou Springs and the Garden of the Gods, its bustling with tourism. Lots of festivities during holiday seasons. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Goth Sundays at the Underground
Apparently one of Colorado Springs only Goth Nights ... this 3-4 room venue with catwalks, and a couple of bars, pool tables, and dance floor - was quite a welcoming space to a decently crowded Goth scene that is comparable to that of Sanctuary in Vancouver, B.C. $5 cover, good drink specials, and strong drinks ... Excellent DJ and a good time with dancing. Fetish shows, BDSM play, candle dripping, and a little too much smoke. Incredibly good music. I certainly had a good time. Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/30/05.
This night has changed to "Disco for the Damned". See that review.
Wide variety in the Springs!
There are so many great restaurants in town! Here are my favorites by type:
Sports Bar: Dublin House on Academy Blvd; Overtime Sports Bar on Union/Dublin
Steaks: O'Malley's Steak Pub, in nearby Monument
Pizza: Old Chicago (3 locations)
BBQ: Charlie's Open Pit BBQ, Nevada Ave
Mexican: Jose Muldoon's, Nevada Ave
Fine Dining: The Broadmoor
Micro Brewery: Phantom Canyon
Dive bar: Squatting Chicken (Nevada)l O'Furrys, Maggie Mae's Restaurant & Pub
Happy Hour: Meadow Muffins, Colorado Ave
Bar: Jack Quinn Irish Pub & Judge Baldwin's
Breakfast: The Omelet Parlor, Filmore St
Seafood: Ha, Ha, you're about 2000 mi from the nearest sea; try Red Lobster