Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Colorado Springs? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Colorado Springs?”
It used to be that you only went to Colorado Springs when you had no other choice. The town, founded in 1871, was where those plagued by tuberculosis went hoping that the dry mountain air would cure their ailments or at least alleviate their sufferings. At its peak, one in three people in the Springs was a tuberculosis patient.
Today it’s a city made up of many complementary and contradictory facets: It’s home to several of the nation’s highest security military bases and a vibrant liberal arts university; the headquarters for Focus on the Family and Team USA’s Olympic Training Center; envy-inducing luxury resorts and awe-inspiring natural wonders. It’s a challenging place to wrap your brain around. But despite, or maybe because of, the city’s many quirks, it’s growing rapidly — Colorado Springs currently has the hottest housing market in the country. With quick access to nature, innumerable hiking trails, an up-and-coming restaurant and brewery scene and more, it’s a place that people want to spend time in. Here are just some of the ways to better get to know the Springs.