• 12 summer events not to miss in Colorado Springs

    By Carlotta Olson carlotta.olson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, May 15, 2017

    - Territory Days - This Memorial Day weekend tradition always draws large crowds. May 27-29, Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th Streets; shopoldcoloradocity.com. - Springs Spree - Community event celebrates its 40th anniversary in a new home. June 11, America the Beautiful Park;...

  • Seven Colorado destinations with an odd twist

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Head south, head north or mix in all the weird that Colorado offers in either direction. Down Interstate 25, exit for Colorado 165 and continue into the mountainous national forest, where on the side of the highway stands Bishop Castle (bishopcastle.org). Jim Bishop began building...

  • Seven Colorado destinations that offer thrills, chills

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Adrenaline junkies, your destiny awaits just minutes outside CaƱon City at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park (royalgorgebridge.com). If the Royal Rush Skycoaster doesn't faze you, as you dangle 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River, then we don't know what will. Don't forget to go for a ride...

  • Seven Colorado destinations for lovers of art

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Think arts and culture only exist on the coasts? Think again. Colorado is rife with ways to immerse yourself in art, theater and dance. Start your quest for enlightenment in Pueblo at Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center (sdc-arts.org). Seven galleries feature historic and...

  • Seven Colorado destinations for train enthusiasts

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Begin your immersion in the golden age of train travel at Golden's Colorado Railroad Museum (coloradorailroadmuseum.org). The 15-acre rail yard is home to more than 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses. A jaunt up Interstate 70 will...

  • Seven Colorado destinations focused on natural beauty

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Throw a dart at a map of Colorado and you won't have trouble finding a supreme retreat to nature. Let us propose a trip that begins in Lost Creek Wilderness (fs.usda.gov). Located less than 50 miles from Colorado Springs, the 119,790-acre expanse boasts trails rising to elevations of...

  • Seven Colorado destinations geared toward movie buffs

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Setting can play as pivotal a part in a film as actors, and when it comes to dramatic locations, a green screen's got nothing on Colorado. Our journey through a selection of the state's real- world movie sets starts in La Junta, home to shooting locations for the 1962 series "How the...

  • Seven Colorado destinations with a wild, wild past

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    The glory hasn't totally faded from the Colorado towns that once thrived in their mining heydays. Long removed from their busts, they boom again with tourists in the summer. Cripple Creek (visit cripplecreek.com) is one of the state's former gold rush towns now basking in a different...

  • Summer in Colorado Springs provides something for everyone

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    There's no shame in staying local; plus, chances are decent you haven't made time to check out all of the region's attractions. The Fine Arts Center (csfineartscenter.org) is a wise place to start with its local, regional and national exhibits, including works by Floyd Tunson and...

  • Seven Colorado destinations meant to be photographed

    By Seth Boster seth.boster@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 10, 2017

    Gas up the four-wheel drive and have a photo album ready. After this trip, it'll be loaded with unforgettable images of Colorado's vast grandeur. Venture south toward Alamosa to experience a true wonder: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (nps.gov/grsa). Capture the scene...

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