Ahead of the spring/summer travel season, we asked locals about the best things the Springs has to offer, the must-see spots, and what we may be missing.
- Victoria Gheorghe
Victoria Gheorghe of Skyway is a financial analyst.
What is one of the best "hidden gems" of Colorado Springs? Today I just visited the Fine Arts Center. It is my second time; after I went the first time I really thought I should go back. It is definitely a gem.
If someone were to come visit you, where would you take them? Definitely to the Garden of the Gods, especially after being voted the most beautiful park. Even before that I would have taken them there, anyway. I think I would take them to the Old North End area, it is really nice. I would also take them to the parks just to see the different views and nature.
What are the Springs' top three qualities? I think nature. At first I didn't understand. I only came here for a job. But I immediately noticed the nature and how people are very into the outdoors. I definitely love the sun and all the sunny days. And I like the beer here. There are a lot of breweries and they are very different from what I knew in other places.
If there was one thing you could bring to Colorado Springs that would make it even better, what would it be? Shopping, nice stores. If there was a train between here and Denver, I would love that, too, since I have to work in Denver.
- Kristina Herr
Kristina Herr of the Eastside is a teacher's assistant.
What is one of the best "hidden gems" of Colorado Springs, something you are surprised people don't know about? Ivywild. The brewery, the bakery, the bar, the local small-town feel. The food is great, the beer is great.
Where would you take visitors? We would take them to Cerberus, and Garden of the Gods is a must-see in Colorado Springs. We think Rocky Mountain Brewery is a delicious one. We would go hiking at Seven Bridges, too.
If there is one thing you could bring to Colorado Springs that isn't here already, what would it be? A cheese shop! It is what Colorado Springs is missing.
What do you think are the top three qualities? The scenery is amazing and it is always changing, but it is always beautiful. Even if there is a snowstorm, it is still beautiful. The local feel when you are out to eat or out at a brewery; everything doesn't feel big city. It feels very small town and I am from a small town. Everyone is welcoming and makes you feel like you have been here a thousand times. It is also close enough here where you can be in the mountains. It is spread out, but still close to everything.
- Sarah Powell
Sarah Powell of central Colorado Springs is an admin assistant.
What is one of the best "hidden gems" of Colorado Springs? Probably Section 16. It isn't crazily trafficked and you can go through and feel the outdoors and experience Colorado.
If someone came here to visit you, where would you take them? Probably Garden of the Gods. It is one of my favorite places to go and show them the different scenery. We would probably also hit Garden of the Gods Gourmet.
What do you think are the top three qualities of Colorado Springs? The landscape, the local organic produce available, because I think a lot of people are really into that here, and then just being health-conscious and physically fit.
What is your favorite thing to do for fun here? Hiking. I have done Mount Rosa, I love all around Helen Hunt Falls, anywhere outdoors in Colorado.
If there is one thing you could bring to Colorado Springs to make it even better, what would it be? Less judgment. Just when you go out in public having people be more open-minded and friendly.