Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Colorado Tourist: Pike's Peak

I've been sharing all my Colorado adventures on the blog making me your personal Colorado tour guide. Our first stop was Downtown Denver, then Spruce Mountain Ranch. Now on to stop #3.

Stop #3: Colorado Springs
We decided to try the Pike's Peak Cog Railway which took us up to the top of Pike's Peak (elevation 14,110 feet!) It was an hour and a half to the top of the peak, but our friendly railway conductor and the gorgeous views made the trip go by quickly. When you get to the peak you are able to get out, grab a donut, visit the gift shop, climb on the rocks and take pictures outside of the cars before piling back in and heading back down the mountain. I would highly recommend this as a means to get to the top of the Peak. You can drive up yourself, but the roads are windy and there aren't any guard rails.
If you ever make it to the top of Pike's Peak you have to buy one of their World Famous Donuts! YUM!
When you make it back to the base of the mountain be sure to visit some of the amazing shops in Manitou Springs. There are also some adorable candy and ice cream shops and delicious food.
I would recommend sitting outside on the Veranda at The Cliff House or eating at Adam's Mountain Cafe.
Pike's Peak...we will be back!

Next stop: Garden of the Gods (my favorite stop!)

16 comments:

Heather Marie said...

Wow how fun!! I would love to go tere. My sister goes to school in Colorado an I visit her at least once a year... Ill make sure to stop here!

Karla said...

Wow. Such gorgeous pictures!! Pikes Peak looks so awesome! I am not a heights person but to get that kind of a view.. It is probably worth it! I love the donut pic!

Melissa @ Amelia Lane said...

Beautiful! That town looks so cute! Like a movie set or something!

Carrie said...

We did this back in 2010 when we went... we lost ONE of Autumn's shoes (and I only packed her one pair of shoes!) somewhere along the way, too. I remember those tasty donuts and how cold it was on top in August!

Karm said...

OK... my sons and I definitely need to visit Colorado.. Denver SOON! We would love to go on a cable car... and the scenery is so pretty too.
Your photos are amazing. So much fun. and you guys look so cute!

Anne said...

Now I need to go back to CO so we can do this! Fun.

Katie Did What said...

Ahhh so pretty!! You're making me want to visit CO with all of your gorgeous pictures! Also, your cat shirt. Obviously, I love it. :)

xo

Katie Cook said...

LOVED these:) And you are just adorable...loved that headband!

Erin LFF said...

SO gorgeous!! I have my pic taken with Pike's Peak in the background as a kid... now I need to go so I can hike it!! :) AND definitely get a few donuts!

Meg {henninglove} said...

shoot allison i lived in colorado springs and don't think i ever went to the top of pikes place but then again i was there from wheni was 3 to the end of kindergarten and then from 4th grade to the beginning of 7th. your post makes me want to go back to co springs and climb pikes place

Rebekah said...

I've been to pike's Peak before! It was gorgeous. When we went, it was snowing in the middle of summer at the top. It was a lot of fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

~Rebekah

Brittany Kyte said...

What a blast!! How funny that they have donuts at the top of the mountain!!

Aaron and Anna said...

I love Manitou Springs! It's so cute down there. Glad you enjoyed your time down there!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I have to tell you, you have absolutely convinced me that I need to go back to Colorado! I went a couple of times as a teen, but haven't been as an adult. I think Christopher and I would have SO much fun!

adesertgirl said...

I would definitely take that railway to the top vs. driving. No guard rails? Yikes!

Love your cool-cat tank top!!

-Amy

Katie said...

So fun!!! My bestie lives in Denver and I swoon over all of her mountain adventures. This looks like a blast!!!