Can you believe that Labor Day is behind us and summer is almost over?! I feel like the end of summer always sneaks up on me, but I have to say, I’m excited to plan my fall itineraries. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling solo this spring and summer, so I wanted to plan a trip with a few romantic elements that my husband can enjoy with me. I know what you’re thinking: romantic trip…cue the eye-roll! It’s difficult to work in some couples’ time without going overboard on the cheese-factor.
After some quick research, I decided Colorado Springs, Colorado could make a great destination: tons of unique, off-the-beaten-path couple-friendly activities, but with a manly, outdoorsy twist. My snow-bunny husband was slightly confused when I told him my plan. After all… most people don’t put “romance” and “Colorado” in the same sentence, and usually we head to Colorado for winter sports, not fall foliage. He quickly changed his tune, however, when I shared my itinerary, which includes unique adventures perfect for taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather and allowing us to “fall” in love all over again (see what I did there?)
Everyone knows that Colorado Springs is known for its breathtaking landscapes, but did you know that one of the best times to explore Colorado Springs is between September and October? Below is a list of Couples’ “Fall”-ing in Love with Colorado Springs Activities that will have you booking your airfare in minutes!
When I think of Colorado Springs, my mind automatically goes to hiking boots, backpacks, and campfires. While there are a multitude of awesome hikes and climbs in the area, there are also plenty of unique ways to check out the fall foliage and natural wonders of this diverse region.
Consider a Romantic Sunset Helicopter Tour of popular sites. Packages include the Royal Gorge Run, Big Horn Sheep Tour, America the Beautiful, Cripple Creek Pikes Peak and Pikes Peak or Bust. Want to really get your heart racing? Book a combination helicopter/zipline tour….this is absolutely on our list!
Want great 360˚mountain views, but at a more leisurely pace? Check out this Champagne-Breakfast Hot Air Balloon Tour! During the tour, the guide will provide a brief overview of the history, topography, and wildlife of the Pikes Peak region, and we’ll be able to cuddle up in our basket (with champagne!) while taking in views of the gorgeous Colorado Rockies. Want more suggestions? Check out these Top Five recommendations from the Colorado Springs tourism board here.
A Toast to Us
Did you know that Colorado Springs is home to 30+ unique breweries and distilleries? Me neither! Both my husband and I are huge fans of tastings: wine, beer, bourbon…we don’t discriminate. I was excited to learn that 13 of Colorado Springs’ finest brewers came together to offer the Crafts and Drafts Passport and Map. Simply download your passport and take advantage of the pre-planned tour and discounts on tastings and bottles. I recommend getting your passport ahead of time – some of them are right by the airport, so you can get tasting right after you arrive! You can download your passport here.
Ok, what’s more romantic than a historic train ride through some of the country’s most breathtaking natural scenery? Not much, in my book. I would love to experience a scenic train ride on the Broadmoor’s Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Completed in 1889, the railway is the highest cog railway in the world and was acquired by the Broadmoor Hotel in 1925. The tour lasts about three hours and begins near the lush area of Ruxton Creek, traveling through “Hell’s Gate” past the timberline and up to the top of Pikes Peak. You can find more information, here.
You can’t go to Colorado Springs and NOT explore the naturally-occurring geologic wonders of the region.If you and your partner want to really get your pulses racing, check out the Barr Trail, one of the most difficult hikes in the Pikes Peak region. To prove we can “go the distance”, I would love to hike the 26.2 roundtrip miles. Besides, making the summit of Pikes Peak will make us feel a little less guilty about all the Crafts and Drafts tastings!
After completing the Barr Trail, the Garden of the Gods Park will be the “natural” choice (pun intended!), as the hikes are easy to moderate and the views are stunning. Comprising 1,323 acres, the park is a registered National Natural Landmark and is dog-and-horse-friendly. You can also arrange climbing and Segway tours. Several friends have recommended that we stop by the visitors’ center, which offers breathtaking views of Pikes Peak, a selection of Native American pottery and jewelry, and over 30 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. I would love to pack one of the bottles of wine from our Crafts and Drafts tour, grab some sandwiches, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather – with a Hollywood-style backdrop!
As you can see, Colorado Springs offers a ton to do, but the area also offers some amazing accommodations too. After all that hiking, helicoptering, ballooning, and exploring, I’d be inclined to treat myself to a little rest and relaxation. Beyond a doubt, the historic Broadmoor offers visitors ultimate luxury. The property originally began as a dairy farm in the 1860’s, but has come a long way since then, and can accommodate the whims of every traveler. Whether you want to pamper yourself in the Forbes Five Star Spa (ME!), dine in the Five Diamond Penrose Room, or roast s’mores at Cloud Camp.
What are your thoughts on an outdoorsy, romantic trip for two to explore Colorado Springs? Have you had the chance to travel to Colorado Springs in the fall? Please share in the comments below!
This conversation is sponsored by the Colorado Springs CVB, but all text and opinions are my own. Photo Credits: Colorado Springs CVB.
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