Itinerary Day 2
WINTER IN THE PIKES PEAK REGION
We have a couple of tricks for dealing with varying temperatures here in the Pikes Peak Region. When it’s too hot, we head to the mountains (caves work too!) and when it’s cold, we head down to Canon City. We call this area the Banana Belt, but don’t worry, no bananas were harmed in the making of this awesome itinerary. You can expect it to be a little warmer than it is in the Springs. Typically it’s about 7-10 degrees warmer, and when you couple that with our Rocky Mountain sunshine, it can make for a beautiful winter day!
Load up with tasty pastries at La Baguette in Old Colorado City because you’re going on a (short) road trip! We can’t say enough good things about the chocolate eclairs, which are filled with fresh, chilled pastry cream. However, we also have it on good authority that their tarts are equally delicious (and gluten-free).
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Unparalleled views and fun activities await!
The Royal Gorge is an epic suspension bridge with dizzying views of a thousand-foot drop into the Arkansas River. Bring your big memory card, because you’ll want to capture every bit of the scenery with your camera. When the weather is reasonable, there are multiple exhilarating rides open, too! The Sky Coaster will fly you out over the canyon in a breathtaking free-fall. Or, keep it tame and drift in style in the much calmer gondolas. Kids will love the Tommy Knocker Playland, so there’s something for every age and stage of adventurer.
Plan for a photo by your home state flag!
Re-fuel for more fun
We don’t see the point in making you drive for lunch when Café 1230 is right on site with great pub fare like cheeseburgers and fried chicken sandwiches. You can also enjoy a few local beers, too. (P.S. The view here is as filling as the meals).
Old Colorado City
Take an afternoon stroll through historic Old Colorado City
With all the excitement of Royal Gorge, we think it’s time to chill out with a relaxing afternoon of shopping and sightseeing. Old Colorado City has tons of cool, locally owned shops selling unique gifts and great eats. Take a trip through Magic Town while you’re there and enjoy the finely detailed miniatures of artist Michael Garmin. You can pick up a sculpture of your own in the gift shop.
All the shops, galleries and restaurants are locally owned and operated. You’ll find treasures and treats you can’t find anywhere else!
Close out a great day with a hearty, homestyle meal at the Mason Jar. With fare like chicken fried steak, flaky biscuits and rich cobblers, you won’t leave hungry. We highly recommend the Mason Jar Delight for dessert, espresso ice cream on a cookie crumb crust served in, of course, a Mason jar.