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Old 05-13-2017, 10:18 AM
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I'm a month away from a trip there (first commercial flight) (United Airlines). I'm staying at the Broadmore and attending some meetings till early afternoons. I know about Pikes Peak, Zip lines and the Zoo, Just wondering what else there is to do and maybe a few restaurants. Not looking for Pot shops either. Anyone who's been there tell me some fun things that me and the wife and friends can do. Thanks.
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Garden of the gods, head up to Cripple Creek for some gambling, white water rafting, Royal Gorge bridge and train for starters!
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Garden of the Gods is a must.

Eat at Rudy's BBQ near the back gate to Garden of the Gods if you've never been to one in Texas. Really good BBQ.

Gold Camp Road is a beautiful drive, but it is a dirt road that a little rough. You can get on it just above Helen Hunt Falls (behind the Broadmoor property).

If you are in to guns, Dragonman's place might be worth the little drive.
http://www.dragonmans.com
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Another vote for "The Garden of the Gods"
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Pop over to Manitou Springs
Head out to see the Air Force Academy Chapel...
Drive up Hwy 24 to elevenmile canyon reservoir.
Drive up to Cheyenne Mountain Park and see if you can get onto the NORAD complex.
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Ditto to all of the above plus the US Olympic Training Center.
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Everything that has been mentioned, if you like burgers, try Skirted Heifer. It was on Diners, Drive-in and Dives, reasonably priced, excellent burger.
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Thanks guys, keep them coming and I'll run them by the wife and friends. Will they let you in to the NORAD complex or will I be shot on site?
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Thanks guys, keep them coming and I'll run them by the wife and friends. Will they let you in to the NORAD complex or will I be shot on site?
At one time they ran tours.
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Pepper Tree Restaurant, off of 8th on Moreno. Get their signature pepper steak, they cook it at your table. Best restaurant in CS, IMHO

Senor Manuel's on North Nevada, good Mexican, best Deep Fried Ice Cream.

Air Force Academy, go early in the day while sunny, from the Visitor's center walk down to the chapel, amazing work of architecture.

Flying W Ranch, Chuck wagon supper is still closed, too bad...

Cave of the Winds is on the way to Pikes Peak, small cave, kind of touristy...

If you don't mind mountain roads, From Cripple Creak, follow the signs to Victor, much less spoiled. From there you can take winding dirt roads down to Canon City, awesome views, Or Colorado Springs.


Have fun !!!
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Thanks guys, keep them coming and I'll run them by the wife and friends. Will they let you in to the NORAD complex or will I be shot on site?
Don't drive up there. Period.

With few exceptions they never gave public tours. You had to know someone or be someone. They did haul people in on a bus and let them see the outside from time to time.

I see someone mentioned the Olympic training center. That's a must do too.
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Colorado Springs..and Pikes Peak
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Thanks guys, keep them coming and I'll run them by the wife and friends. Will they let you in to the NORAD complex or will I be shot on site?
You will certainly be firmly turned away.

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If you are into cars, Porsche of Colorado springs has some special cars on the floor, typically. 918, Singer, 911R, etc. etc.

If you are into fitness, try running the incline!

Check out "Cloud Camp" online. It's owned by the Broadmoor and a very special place up above the zoo on Cheyenne Mtn.

I agree with the Rudy's recommendation. Smoked prime rib on Fri/Sat.

Bristol Brewing is good if you are into microbrews.

Enjoy - I think the Broadmoor really does a nice job. Very pretty hotel with fantastic service.
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Thanks guys. Tickets are bought and reservations are made so no backing out. Only an act of God or United Airlines will stop me.
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As previously said, Garden of the Gods is great. Don't be in a hurry to leave the Broadmoor. Its a nice resort and mid-June weather is almost as nice as Port St. Lucie. They usually turn me away at the security gate when I show up in my jean shorts and tank top.
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If you are not in a hurry to get home, there are lots of things to do in Colorado. The best zip line is probably Durango.
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