Go For a Ride Day: Best Places to Cruise in Colorado
Nov. 22 is National Go for a Ride Day, and Freedom Honda is encouraging area residents to hop in their vehicles and take in the beauty all around them before winter truly arrives. These are our top 10 picks for locals and out-of-towners alike:
- The Western Museum of Mining & Industry – Learn how to pan for gold like an old prospector or see a working steam engine in action during the museum’s daily guided tours. It has more than 4,000 artifacts in its more than 12,000-square-foot space that take visitors on a trip through time.
- Glen Eyrie Castle – Just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, Glen Eyrie is the original estate of Gen. William Jackson Palmer, who founded the city U.S. News, recently named the most desirable place to live in the U.S. Guests can choose from 17 period rooms in the castle or stay in lodges on the 800-acre grounds.
- Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site – The Old West comes to life with demonstrations of what it took to build a successful homestead during the late 19th century. It’s also the only Native American area west of the Mississippi River.
- Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – This National Natural Landmark offers more than 1,300 acres of scenic and recreational possibilities, such as guided van tours, rock climbing excursions and Segway tours. The park offers sweeping views of Pike’s Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
- Cheyenne Mountain State Park – Part of the inspiration for “America the Beautiful,” the more than 2,700 acres of parkland offer 20 miles of biking and hiking for outdoors enthusiasts.
- Whitewater Rafting – Go for an expedition in Echo Canyon or along the Arkansas River. Excursions can be simple tours or multi-day wilderness trips.
- Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours – If you have a taste for adventure, try zipping high over gorges, canyons and dense woods. Nine zip lines span more than a mile of terrain.
- Manitou Mineral Springs – This is where the “springs” in Colorado Springs come from. Once thought to have healing powers, eight springs are open to the public. Each one has a distinct flavor and effervescence.
- Cave of the Winds Mountain Park – If you’ve ever wanted to see stalagmites up close, this is where you’ll find them. The park is home to awesome natural formations. Visitors also can rock climb and take hair-raising rides along the edge of a 200-foot cliff face.
- Holy Cross Winery – Set against the backdrop of the Wet Mountains, the winery has been operating for 11 years in Cañon City, Colorado. It lies about 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.