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School in the time of COVID-19 has been interesting, to say the least. Many schools have opted to start the year virtually, providing a unique opportunity for families to travel during the school year.

Take advantage of these sweet spots around Colorado that will give you and your kids space to move and explore, build memories. They also provide free Wi-Fi so they can still submit that geography report.

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

pikes peak familyGetting to the top of our majestic claim to fame is something everyone should have on their bucket list. One option is to hike up Barr Trail, a somewhat strenuous trek that will take most of the day. Families might prefer the safe and scenic driving route up the highway. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

Traveling by car, your first stop up the mountain is Crystal Reservoir, located in the North Slope recreation area. Biking, hiking and (licensed) fishing are encouraged in the 2000+ wooded acres and three reservoirs. (Grab your free parking pass for the reservoirs online or at the Gateway on your way up.) Stop in at the gift shop for a snack and log in to free Wi-Fi so the kids can stay current on their assignments.

Next is the Historic Glen Cove Inn, located at 11,450 ft. Despite the name, there’s no lodging but you can eat at the Timberline Café (free Wi-Fi), hike or even mine for minerals before continuing up to the Summit.

Due to construction, you’ll have to park and take a free shuttle up to the top, from either Mile 13 or Mile 16. Don’t forget your laptop—you’ll want to log in at the Summit House while enjoying a world famous donut, surrounded by incredible views. Maybe your student will even be inspired to do some extra credit work while looking out over five states in the distance. Hey, it worked for Katharine Lee Bates when she wrote “America the Beautiful” atop Pikes Peak – you never know when inspiration will strike.

The Royal Gorge Bridge

What better vantage point to do homework than on one of the world’s highest suspension bridges? OK, maybe not on the actual bridge, but the outdoor deck or indoor café provide free Wi-Fi and spectacular views. When they’re ready for a study break, take a ride on the Gondola soaring 1000 feet above the gorge. Get PE credit on the Cloudscraper ZipLine or the thrilling Royal Rush Skycoaster, a free-fall over the Arkansas River. That’s sure to keep your heart rate up for hours after! Be sure to check out the newly renovated WaterClock and, for the younger set, the Tommy Knocker Playland.

Make it a long weekend and rent a cabin or glamping tent across the street at Royal Gorge Cabins. Both great options come with free Internet access and views for miles. When the kids are done with schoolwork, log some family bonding time playing corn hole or making s’mores. Whether you stay for a day or a weekend, it’s sure to be a field trip they won’t soon forget.

The Broadmoor Hotel

If you’ve never stayed at our city’s iconic resort, this strange school year could be the perfect time for a family vacation. Choose from a variety of room options including suites, cottages and brownstones, all of which come with free Wi-fi plus a host of other amenities. Stuck on a tough math problem? Bowling, horseback riding and swimming are just a few distractions at your disposal. For the thrill seeker, ask your 24-hour concierge to hook you up with Broadmoor Outfitters. A team of expert guides are waiting to show you any number of adventures including falconry, fly fishing and zip lining. Dine at award winning restaurants, get pampered at the spa, or just wander the beautifully kept grounds.

On second thought, you might want to book this one for a long weekend and forget about keeping up with schoolwork. 😉

Restaurants with WIFI

When you need a change of scenery but can’t be gone all day, head out to one of these local spots. All offer free Wi-fi with places to sit and work. Don’t forget your mask!

Businesses in Old Colorado City with WiFi:
  • Bon Tons
  • Front Range BBQ
  • Garden of the Gods Cafe
  • The Mason Jar
  • Alchemy 
  • Mother Muffs
  • Thunder and Buttons ll
  • Trails End Taproom
  • Carnelian Coffee
  • Paravicini’s Italian Bistro
  • Sopra
  • Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna
  • La Baguette Bakery
  • TAPAteria
  • City Nights Urban Rentals
  • Fat Squirrel Airbnb
  • Old Town Guesthouse B&B
Businesses in Manitou Springs with WiFi:

BusinessPhone #
Manitou Springs – Bed & Breakfast
Agate Hill Inn & Cottages719-685-0685
Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast719-685-1277
Blue Skies Inn719-685-3899
Sun Mountain Center719-205-8516
Manitou Springs – Cabins & Vacation Rentals
A Creekside Casa808-895-7267
At the Springs719-332-8218
El Colorado Lodge719-685-5485
Green Willow Motel Cottages719-685-1645
Homestead Haven719-685-1690
Keithley Pines719-330-2488
Manitou Lofts719-337-7732
Manitou Vacation Homes719-339-1876
Town-N-Country Cottages719-685-5427
Walton’s Mountain Lodge719-499-0572
Manitou Springs – Motels & Hotels
Villa Motel at Manitou Springs719-685-5492
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak719-685-3000
Days Inn Manitou719-685-1312
The Dillon719-685-5485
Eagle Motel719-685-5467
Magnuson Grand of Pikes Peak719-685-5455
Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs719-685-5991
Park Row Lodge719-685-5216
Pikes Peak Inn719-685-5616
Red Wing Motel719-685-2248
Silver Saddle Motel719-685-5611
Colorado Springs – Bed & Breakfast
Holden House719-471-3980
Old Town Guesthouse B&B719-632-9194
Spurs N Lace719-227-7662
Colorado Springs – Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Rainbow Lodge719-632-4551
Timber Lodge719-636-3941
Colorado Springs – Motels & Hotels
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort719-634-2851
Mountain Properties – Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Cascade Escapes719-684-9442
Eagle Fire Lodge & Cabins719-687-5700
Lone Duck Family Campground & Cabins719-684-9907
Mariposa Cabins719-352-1612
Rocky Mountain Lodge719-684-2521
Royal Gorge Cabins800-748-2953
Stauffer in the Pines719-684-9630
Mountain Properties – Motels & Hotels
Adobe Inn at Cascade719-684-2194
The Little Beaver Inn885-463-2557
Outlook Lodge885-463-2557
Pikes Peak Area Campgrounds
Garden of the Gods RV Resort719-475-9450
Goldfield RV Park & Campground719-471-0495
Lone Duck Family Campground719-684-9907
Pikes Peak RV Park719-685-9459
Rocky Top Campground719-684-9044

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