Colorado Springs was founded in 1871 by a visionary who successfully turned it into a first-rate resort town. Although it remains a popular vacation destination for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, it has also developed into a thriving city in its own right. Colorado Springs homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $315,000. Buyers interested in exploring Colorado Springs real estate have no shortage of neighborhoods from which to choose, including eclectic Old Colorado City or Briargate, known for its breathtaking mountain views.
With nearly half a million residents in Colorado Springs proper, the city lands among the Top 50 most populous in the country. Thankfully, there is so very much for all of these people, plus tourists, to do in their spare time. Although known for its winter sports, the city’s weather is surprisingly mild. The downtown area only sporadically accumulates significant snow, and bone-chilling cold snaps are very rare. Summers are ideal for partaking in local outdoor activities, with July averaging in the mid-50s (degrees Fahrenheit) for low temps and mid-80s for high temps.
Probably the most iconic spot in Colorado Springs is Pikes Peak, also known as “America’s Mountain.” Its summit soars 8,000 feet above the city, and every day, droves of locals and visitors make their way to the top by car, train or foot for the views and unparalleled experience. One of the most popular area attractions is Garden of the Gods, which boasts incredible red rock formations, not to mention free admission! The park can be traversed by bike or hike, or you can pay for a guided vehicle or horseback tour.
Be sure to also tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center, as well as the Hall of Fame on site. The immense complex is where many of the world’s best athletes in sports, like gymnastics, wrestling and fencing, train for victory. Those in the mood for shopping, art appreciation, dining and a bit of Old West nostalgia should also take in Old Colorado City for a relaxing stroll.