Take a leisurely trip or pack in all the sights--here's a few ideas to get you started
Start the morning with a tour of Miramont Castle Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving the Victorian heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. After a stop for lunch at one of Manitou Springs many cafes, the next stop will be the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Flying W Ranch where you'll experience a chuckwagon barbecue and western entertainment designed to entertain all ages.
Another option might be a visit to the nearby Western Museum of Mining and Industry, where you'll explore Colorado's rich and colorful mining past and future. You'll even see the actual operation of reconstructed multi-ton steam engines, drills, locomotives and more. Relax with an evening of entertainment at the Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre.
A short drive to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center offers a spectacular and unique vantage point of the famously photographed red rock formations of the region. Don't miss the excellent and exciting 12-minute video. A drive through the Garden of the Gods City Park will lead you to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Colorado's largest Trading Post.
The afternoon will take you to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum where you will learn of the history of the Anasazi Indians dating from 1100 to 1300 A.D. Then for the more adventuresome, the evening visit will include a visit to Seven Falls for the light spectacular -- the entire canyon is illuminated with lights reflecting off the granite walls and seven water falls.