Itinerary day 1
Day 1 Overview
Colorado Springs is known for its awesome mountains and we’re also known for sticking our can’t-miss attractions onto the sides of them. Wouldn’t you? For your first day on vacation in Colorado Springs (or staycation, if you’re local) we’re going to ease you into mountain-y fun with two local attractions that are sure to wow you and your crew without wearing you out right away.
After all, there are four more days of activities to follow and we don’t want you missing them because we sent you to the top of the world on the very first day (you will be going to the top of the world later, however). Grab your water bottles, good shoes, a hat and some sunscreen. We are headed to the southwest side of the city where exotic and inspiring wonders await!
Quick, delicious Mexican
Normally we like to recommend a sit-down locale, but time is of the essence today. Hit up Taco Express on 8th Street for some absolutely delicious breakfast burritos you can snarf in the car. It definitely doesn’t look fancy on the outside, but the food is fabulous.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Get closer to the animals than ever before
North America’s only mountainside zoo is a top spot for everyone who comes to Colorado Springs and one of the first places all the locals like to take visitors. That’s why we sent you early — the parking lot fills up fast on warm days (don’t fear, there’s a shuttle if you need it.…read more
Be sure to wear good shoes to enjoy the only mountain zoo in the US!
I could eat a giraffe!
Don’t worry, we would never! But there’s no reason to stress about finding food. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has options like chicken tenders and burgers, not to mention pizza and ice cream. Hang out a bit longer and fill up for your next adventure.
Broadmoor Seven Falls
Nature at its finest
Right next to the zoo lies a different kind of mountainside wonder, an epic waterfall cascading through a magnificent box canyon known as the Pillars of Hercules. Seven Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Colorado and we suspect it’s because the attraction is so accessible to everyone.…read more
The path to Seven Falls is referred to as “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado.” We recommend taking the tram up to the falls but then walking back down so you can soak it all in!
family friendly food
Dinner on the patio
Restaurant 1858 prides itself on offering tasty fare with Colorado flair. Enjoy the Broadmoor’s Forbes Five-Star rating at an equally epic location. Dig into authentic Colorado cuisine with the wild boar green chili and Colorado trout.
Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout
Sauteed with hickory smoked bacon, brown butter, lemon, and parsley
Wild Boar Green Chili
Pueblo green chili, corn, and tomatillo