The best gift for my family is the gift of travel, and who better to continue that passion for family travel than with my grandchildren? Living in Colorado, we have exceptional travel experiences within walking distance or a short road trip. Colorado Springs is a frequent destination for our multigenerational travel. Colorado Springs has so much to see and do, especially outside, and planning a road trip to Colorado Springs from my west Denver home is as easy as pie.
Road Trip: Colorado Springs for Multi-generational Family Travel
Multigenerational family travel is actually a present to me – time spent with the grandkids, just me, Papa and them. We are still working grandparents, so we don’t have the luxury that some retired grandparents do. A road trip to Colorado Springs is a short 90 minute drive from our home, allowing us time to chat with the two grandkids (now ages 8 and 10) living nearby and catch up with their life.
There are so many things to do in Colorado Springs that we usually run out of time before things to do. My multigenerational family are creatures of habit, and we love to return again and again to these top Colorado Springs attractions – with a little help from my friends at TravelingMom.com on Instagram:
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will always hold a special place in my heart as this was our first multigenerational family adventure in Colorado Springs. The highest altitude zoo in the U.S. features up-close-and-personal visits with the giraffes, and this is always where we stop first. After purchasing the affordable giraffe food, both grandkids fed the long-necked creatures with nervous excitement and a “ewww” from my granddaughter when the animal’s rough tongue claimed its snack. The giraffes are the first of many hands-on animal meetings.
Feeding the birds and petting a baby wallaby were also met with fascination and giggles on our first visit. Since then, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continues to be our favorite place to visit, and the experience is always different.
A National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is a not-to-miss stop in Colorado Springs. Dramatic views, 300 foot towering sandstone rock formations, and snow-capped Pikes Peak – and your visit to this magical attraction is absolutely free. The Garden of the Gods is Colorado’s most photographed view, so be sure to take your camera.
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You can also add a horseback riding adventure into Garden of the Gods with Academy Riding Stables.
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in nearby Canon City is another favorite. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas,” it’s a mini-theme park with rides and attractions, from zip lining to Royal Rush Skycoaster.
Stretching 1,270 feet in length and 18 feet wide, the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in America. Suspended high above Colorado’s wild Arkansas River, the view is astounding – and a little bit scary. (So scary that Papa won’t walk on or across the bridge to the other side due to his heights phobia.)
Below the bridge and beside the Arkansas River is another set of adventures. Kids of all ages love the train experience on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Grandkids will love riding the Santa Express. (We personally love taking the dinner train especially when it’s a Murder Mystery dinner.) When the grandkids are older, we will take in the gorge while whitewater rafting on the Arkansas.
Speaking of trains, you can’t miss riding the Pikes Peak Cog Railway! Ride the rails on the World’s highest cog train, ascending Pikes Peak year round. Climb to 14,115 feet and experience the magnificent panoramas that inspired the song America the Beautiful. Book a holiday experience on the Santa Train and add a multigenerational photo with Santa Claus with hot chocolate and cookies. (TIP: Save by checking the website for coupons!)
We look forward to taking the grandkids to Colorado Springs for our next multigenerational family travel adventure. Tips for traveling with you grandkids