One of the hardest things when planning a trip somewhere is knowing where to go to see amazing views and also capture drool worthy pictures of your vacations. Colorado Springs has a bounty of beauty that will have you gasping at every turn, so I created a list of 15 Most Instagrammable Places in Colorado Springs to help you plan your vacation and of course, get the shots that will have your Instagram followers double clicking every picture on your feed.
15 Most Instagrammable Places in Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in North America, rising up to 14,115 feet, and the 16th mile marker can be reached by car. Then enjoy a free shuttle for the last three miles. The view from the top is so breathtaking, it inspired the song “America the Beautiful.”
But it’s not just the peak that is Instagram worthy, the entire drive is a picture to be taken and the reservoirs at the bottom of the mountain are a great place to start.
Although the road is open year round (weather permitting), the peak may not be accessible if winds are high, so check before you go. For hours and fees click here.
Garden of the Gods
An iconic place, Garden of the Gods is totally free and boasts an array of trails for those seeking to take an active vacation without much elevation gain. Most trails are kid friendly and there is not a bad angle in sight. Unlike Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods’ hours allow for sunrise and sunset shots. You may even be able to capture a starry sky or two.
Royal Gorge Bridge
The highest suspension bridge in North America, the Royal Gorge Bridge will definitely give your stomach butterflies, but will look so good on your feed!
In addition, the park maintains picture-perfect red gondolas and provides many overlooks from which to capture the bridge and canyon from different angles.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, strap yourself to America’s highest zip line – it will make your friends say WOW! on every comment.
Lastly, the carrousel at the children’s area or the daily summer concerts are perfect backdrops if you want those “just chilling out” vibes.
If you are a luxury, fashion or beauty Instagrammer, The Broadmoor is for you. A 5-star resort, set on impeccably manicured grounds, surrounded by water and lush lawns, The Broadmoor is just the perfect place to take gorgeous lifestyle shots.
To step up your Instagram game up a notch, stay at the Broadmoor, relax with a spa treatment, and dine/wine at one of the many fine establishments in the resort.
What’s more picturesque than one waterfall? Seven waterfalls!
Seven Falls is part of The Broadmoor and is gorgeous in the summer or winter. You can take the 2oo+ steps to the top of the falls or the elevator to Eagle’s Nest overlook, making these falls easily accessible.
An archeological and geological site, this place is not like anything you have ever seen before. The hoodoos (colored clay and sandstone formations) found here will make you feel like the world was upside down when they were created. They are a perfect subject during sunsets and sunrises and due to minimal light pollution, Paint Mines is also popular for night photography.
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Caves, zip lines and awesome views, that is what you will get at Cave of the Winds.
In addition, you may be able to take some cool long-exposure shots during one of the lantern tours offered at the park. For family instagrammers, capture your kiddos building their confidence in one of the obstacle courses, or learning how to pan for gemstones.
Glen Eyrie Castle
If the fact that this place is a castle does not catapult it to the top of your must visit list, then there is also the High Tea offered during the summer, which will give your followers serious foodie envy.
If tea is not your thing, then book an overnight or a tour of Glen Eyrie Castle to learn its history and have access to its grounds. Those gorgeous pictures are just waiting to be taken using this beautiful place as your background.
US Air Force Academy Chapel
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the beautiful architecture of this all-faith chapel. It is a work of art, made of glass and steel with spires that shoot high into the sky as if it was plucked straight out of a great sci-fi movie.
The Air Force Academy Chapel’s futuristic structure is beautifully balanced by stained glass panes and wooden pews that can be captured from many angles to fill your gallery with viral shots.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
You can sightsee, dine and go on an awesome train date through the granite cliffs of the Royal Gorge. The curvaceous Arkansas river hugs the Royal Gorge Route Railroad which completes the shot. If you like trains and mountains, this place is for you.
Located in Cañon City, this white knuckle road rises several hundred feet above the city and at some points you will feel like you are driving on air, as cliffs will be at both sides of the road. There are plenty of pullovers on Skyline Drive for that picture that will tell your friends and family what a “thrill seeking adventurer” you are!
So Tunnel Drive is actually not a drive, but an easy 2-mile trail through an old railroad bed that is perfect for families and wildlife viewing. The tunnels blown into the granite makes for the perfect background for those cool family photos.
Rampart Range Road
A 60-mile gravel road that goes from Garden of Gods to Sedalia and provides epic views of Pikes Peak and other beautiful scenery of the front range. Rampart Range Road is rugged and best done on an all-wheel drive vehicle, but if you are an outdoor enthusiast this road provides plenty “off-the-beaten-path” possibilities. This area is also good for remote camping.
Helen Hunt Falls
A gorgeous waterfall that is easily accessible always looks good on any Instagram feed. There are several trails with great overlooks to take pictures of Helen Hunt Falls so you can fill your camera with a few different angles of this beautiful place.
I saved the Manitou Incline for last, because although this trail is one of the most instagrammable places in Colorado, it’s not for the beginner fitness enthusiast. This trail is only 1-mile long, but it has 2,500+ steps and goes up 2,000 ft in elevation. There is a reason Olympic athletes train here! But if you are a fitness nut, then this is up your alley, or should I say wall?
What other sites would you add to this list of 15 Most Instagrammable Places in Colorado Springs?
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***This post was sponsored by Colorado Springs CVB, but all opinions are my own.