Your can't-miss itinerary to Manitou
So you’re planning your first trip to Manitou Springs? If you’ve ever explored Colorado’s mountain towns, you know that each one has its own je ne sais quoi (pronounced: vibe) that makes the community unique. And Manitou Springs is no exception. Since this is, in fact, your first rodeo, we’ve rounded up the can’t-miss attractions that keep visitors coming back for more.
Drink to your good health
Tour the town's mineral springs.
Loose change welcome
Wax nostalgic at the Penny Arcade.
a 2,000-foot stairmaster
Climb to the top of the Manitou Incline.
Summit Pikes Peak on the Cog Railway.
Not to brag, but we act as a sort of basecamp to America’s Mountain. And one of the most scenic routes to the top of Pikes Peak is by way of the Broadmoor’s Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Travel through Pike National Forest on this 3-hour trip, including 40 minutes at the summit to take in the brand new, state of the art Visitor Center.
Think "downton abbey" vibes
Take tea at Miramont Castle.
We don’t know about you, but we kind of make a point to never miss a castle while traveling. And Miramont Castle does not disappoint, featuring 9 unique architectural styles celebrating Manitou’s Victorian heritage. Originally built in 1895 as a private residence, the castle now hosts high tea in the Queen’s Parlour Tea Room.
More time to stay and play?
There are so many hidden gems and can’t-miss attractions to be found in Manitou Springs. If you have a bit more time to explore the town and surrounding region, add these stops to your list: