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Colorado Springs, CO

When you’re surrounded by such breathtaking mountain landscapes, it’d be all too easy to rely on tradition and stay the same. However, this destination does the exact opposite. Whether it’s creating a state-of-the-art museum to honor the United State’s greatest athletes, modernizing its natural attractions so they’re accessible to all, or creating a community that invites success, there’s a clear excitement in the air for what is new and innovative. See why Colorado Springs, Colorado is a Place to Love.

PLACES AND STORIES TO LOVE

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

There’s a good reason why Colorado Springs is nicknamed Olympic City USA and it’s not because it hosted one of the Games. No, it is where the U.S . Olympic and Paralympic Committee is headquartered. Joining them are over 50 national sports organizations, a training center, and, newly built as of 2020, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Guess which Paralympian we had a chance to chat with. We’ll give you a hint: he won the silver medal in the long jump at the 2000 Paralympic Games.

IF YOU GO

Wear your best running shoes and see how you fare against some of the fastest sprinters in the world!

CONTACT

United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
200 S. Sierra Madre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.497.1234

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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Sanctuary

Colorado Springs’ invitation to success extends to animals as much as it does to humans. The women-owned Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Sanctuary started as a safe haven for unwanted wolf-dogs. Today it focuses on education, conservation, and preservation for wolves, wolf-dogs, and foxes who were domesticated but surrendered for one reason or another. See just how close Samantha gets to one of their newest arrivals!

DID YOU KNOW? 

The way you calm down a wolf pup is very similar to how you calm down a human baby. 

Contact

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Sanctuary
4729 Twin Rocks Rd
Divide, CO 80814
719.687.9742

Lucky Dumpling

For Brother Luck, cooking is all about channeling the ghosts of your past and reconnecting with those stories. When it comes to Lucky Dumpling, he combines his heritage (half-Cajun and half-Creole) with his experiences growing up visiting San Francisco’s Chinatown as well as living and working in Hong Kong and Japan. You’ve got to see the Creole-Cantonese dishes he’s created.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brother Luck has appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay as well as Bravo’s Top Chef seasons 15 and 16.

CONTACT

Lucky Dumpling
26 South Wahsatch Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.418.5843

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Garden of The Gods Park

If there’s one place not to miss in Colorado Springs, it’s the magnificent Garden of the Gods Park. Its name comes from two surveyors in 1859. When one commented that the area would make for a great location for a beer garden, his partner scoffed and said, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it Garden of the Gods.” One look at this breathtaking place formed over millions of years, and you’ll see why.

WHEN YOU GO

Want to know what other stories these rocks, which were once sediment at the bottom of an ancient sea, hold?  Learn more at the Garden of the Gods Park Visitor and Nature Center!

CONTACT

Garden of the Gods Park
1805 N. 30th St.,
Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
719.634.6666

Atrevida

Diversity’s on tap at Atrevida Beer Co. Its founder, Jess Fiero, is the first Latina brewery owner and head brewer in Colorado. Her handcrafted beers are inspired by her Latin culture whether it’s conversation starters like E-Legal or sweet treats like the Chocolate Ibarra. Check to see which one of Atrevida’s cervezas Samantha tried. Hint: it’s a sweet one!

DID YOU KNOW?

Atrevida means a woman who is bold, daring, and fearless. 

CONTACT

Atrevida Beer Co.
204 Mt View Ln #3
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
719.266.4200

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The Broadmoor

Wondering where to stay in Colorado Springs? Nowhere does European elegance as well as The Broadmoor, a spot Samantha has been to twice now. One place you have to check out is the Wall of Fame which showcases the many famous individuals who have checked into this storied hotel. You might just see a certain travel host among the princes, presidents, and celebrities.

DID YOU KNOW?

The son of Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture, was the landscape architect who organized The Broadmoor’s 3,000 acres. His name, of course, was Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

CONTACT

The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906

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Manitou Springs

Despite what its name suggests, you won’t find any springs in Colorado Springs. Instead, you have to head over to Manitou Springs, a mountain town between the Garden of the Gods Park and Pikes Peak. Belief in the springs’ medicinal properties goes as far back as the Native Americans who once called this area home.

WHEN YOU GO

Pick up a map and do a self-guided tour. The map will tell you what’s in the water at each spring.

CONTACT

Manitou Springs Visitor Center
354 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
719.685.5089

Colorado Ski Furniture

Ever wonder what you could do with your old skis? Well, for Adam Vernon that was giving them a second life and turning them into furniture. Specifically Adirondack chairs. And it’s not just old skis, they can repurpose snowboards, old chairlifts, hockey sticks, and more. You’ve really got to see how they give new life to ski poles.

SHOP ONLINE

Can’t make it out to Colorado but want one of these incredible chairs? Don’t worry, you can shop online.

CONTACT

Colorado Ski Furniture
419 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
303.775.7273

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The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway

No visit to Colorado Springs is complete without a visit to Pikes Peak, and why not take The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway to get there? This railway is one of two remaining cog railways in the country and it’s the highest railroad in the Northern Hemisphere. After three years and $100 million in restoration, the railway has only just reopened to the public.

WHEN YOU GO

Pay the extra $10 to pick your seat and make sure to pick Seat A. It’s a window seat on the side of the train that has superior views.

CONTACT

Cog Railway
515 Ruxton Ave, Manitou Springs,
CO 80829, United States
719.685.5401

Pikes Peak

At 14,115 feet high, Pikes Peak is also nicknamed “America’s Mountain” and is the second most visited mountain in the world. It has been made even more accessible as the brand new visitor center has an exterior ADA walkway that loops around to enjoy the views. Now every one of all abilities can see the same view that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write a certain iconic song about this beautiful country. 

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DON’T WORRY

The new visitor center has brought lots of change to Pikes Peak, but one thing that won’t change? The famous fluffy donuts and the 1,500-pound machine that makes them!

CONTACT

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain
5089 Pikes Peak Highway
Cascade, CO 80809
(719) 385-7325

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